I Just Witnessed My First Incident Of School Pick Up Road Rage

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school pick up road rageI know most of us have been in situations with annoying people when later that night we say, “Oh I should have said that as a comeback!” My biggest regret in the last three weeks is that I did not pull out my iPhone and tape the absolutely fascinating and entertaining school pick up road rage that I saw outside my daughter’s school.

If I had taped it, I would have probably put it on YouTube, because it was by far the most amazing incident I’ve seen as a mother. The fight did not involve kids. It involved two mothers. At my daughter’s private school, you pick up your child through a roundabout driveway. There are two staff members there who help your children get in the back seat of your car — but you have to time the pick up correctly.

For example, my daughter gets out of school at 3:30 p.m. I always pick her up at 3:40 p.m. because I know she’s not going to make it out front of the school until then. If you drive through the roundabout and your kid is not outside, you are forced to drive around again and get in line with the 20 plus other cars.

We all know about road rage, but for the first time I witnessed PICK UP ROAD RAGE.

I was in line, about five cars back, to drive through the roundabout when I saw two mothers get out of their cars and start screaming at each other. This was so awesome for so many reasons. First, they were both beautiful women, with their hair done and their make up perfect, wearing skinny jeans and designer boots. They also both drove Range Rovers. There’s nothing like seeing two grown, beautiful, Range-Rover driving women get into a full on fight in front of other parents.

What happened was that Ranger Rover Driver #1 parked her car on the street right before you enter the roundabout. So, not only was she holding up a line up of about 20 cars, but from behind you couldn’t tell if she was waiting to drive in the roundabout or if she was parked. Finally, Range Rover driver #2, who was right behind her, figured out she was just parked there and tried to drive around her. In doing so, she sideswiped Range Rover #1’s car. Which then caused the ultimate fight and also a huge problem for everyone else waiting to pick up our daughters.

They literally both got out of their cars, now parked beside each other, blocking the entire street, and started screaming at each other. It was like an episode of the Real Housewives (yes, I do watch) where people are screaming at each other, while you are thinking, “CRAZY BITCHES!”

After about 15 minutes of watching this, I finally had enough. I honked my horn and screamed out my window, “Can you figure your shit out somewhere else, so we can get in?”

People cheered for me! Finally, they moved their cars off to the side to discuss, I suppose, who was responsible for the minor sideswipe accident. Everyone I know who drives a Range Rover (including two of my best friends who are the nicest women you’ll ever meet) still feel some sort of entitlement when they are driving these cars, like they are the only ones on the road.

As I was slowly inching up to the roundabout, one parent drove past me.

“What happened?” I asked, rolling down my window.

She explained that Range Rover driver #1 ALWAYS parks there, causing problems for every other parent. I immediately sided with her, mostly because she wasn’t driving a Range Rover.

My friends were fascinated when I told them this story. Many of their children go to private schools and have been at the wrath of other mothers yelling at them to “MOVE THEIR CARS!” And staff of the school’s are just as vicious when they see you parked for more than 10 minutes at these other schools.

“I can’t tell you how many times teachers have yelled at me to move my car and I refuse. They threaten to write me up,” my friend laughed. “Sorry, I’m paying $20,000 for each of my three children to go to the school so they can fuck off.”

So, forget about road rage on the streets of New York or Los Angeles or Toronto. The biggest road rage incident I have ever seen is at pick up time at my daughter’s school.

(photo: Paul Fleet / Shutterstock)


  1. Sara

    March 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    “I’m paying $20,000 for each of my three children to attend this school so they can fuck off.”

    As someone who has attended private school AND who was a teacher in a private school, let me just say: Classy. Really, really nice attitude your friends have there.

    We know which kids have the parents who believe that paying tuition entitles them to disregard the rules and tell other adults to “fuck off”. They’re the bratty, self-absorbed, entitled kids who think the rules don’t apply to them because that’s who they’ve watched their parents behave. And let me tell you, when those kids grow up and get into the real world, they have a SERIOUSLY rude awakening coming when no one is willing to put up with their shit. And if they’re not, because not all kids grow up to be like their parents, they’re the kids who are hiding their faces in their hands, embarrassed and appalled by their parents’ obnoxious behavior, because a 10-year-old somehow manages to have more grace and social intelligence than a grown woman.

    Staff of a private school insisting that parents adhere to the rules, for the convenience of everyone else, are not being “vicious”, and suggesting that they can “fuck off” is just plain tacky. This column is proof positive that money, while it can purchase Range Rovers, skinny jeans and designer boots, absolutely cannot buy class.

    • chickadee

      March 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      I was about to say that very thing. It doesn’t sound like having the money to send your kids to private school also means that you are thoughtful, considerate, or not selfish and entitled. What a lovely example these parents are setting.

    • rebecca eckler

      March 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      to be clear, she wasn’t saying this to the staff at the school. she was saying this to me. Not that it’s right to be “entitled” like that, or act that way, but it was just a friend talking to a friend. I was more interested in hearing if any other people had problems (rage) at pick up time! xoR

    • Sara

      March 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      You were very clear about that. The statement is no less tacky, regardless of who is on the receiving end, because the attitude and sense of entitlement that it illustrates is tacky.

      To answer your question, no, at the private school where I taught, I never witnessed anything like that. There was a lot of unsavory stuff going on, but never that, at least not that I saw! I’m not sure how I would have reacted if I’d seen it, but I at least give you kudos for telling them to take it somewhere else so everyone else could move on with their day.

  2. chickadee

    March 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    And doesn’t every parent pay tuition? So can they all just ignore whatever rules they like whenever they choose, because they pay tuition?

    Or is it just the parents of children on scholarship who have to follow the rules? Your friend kind of needs a smack.

    • raeronola

      March 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Seriously, that comment by the friend is everything that people hate about entitled assclowns. Where does it end?

      “I paid for this meal, I’ll act however I want in this restaurant! FUCK everyone else!”
      “I paid for this car, I’ll drive it any way I fucking please!”
      “I paid for these shoes, I’ll kick you in the face if I want to!”

      I really do mourn for the children of these parents.

    • Sara

      March 19, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Sadly, a lot of tuition-paying private school parents DO believe that their children should get privileges and special treatment that scholarship kids shouldn’t get. At the school where I taught, there was a family that had two children who were both hellacious discipline problems. I mean, their behavior was completely beyond the pale, over-the-top disrespectful.
      We were told, point-blank,to try to “contain” their behavior problems in the classroom rather than bringing it to the parents or imposing consequences like detention because their parents, who are billionaires and had donated the money for the school’s new library, might pull their kids (and money) out of the school if anyone upset them.

      Meanwhile, kids on scholarship, or those whose parents just paid tuition but didn’t make large donations otherwise, were held to far more stringent behavior standards. It was a blatant and very obvious double standard, and teachers who tried to bring it into the open were fired.

      The worst thing about an environment like that is that kids aren’t stupid–they figure out what’s going on very quickly. The rich kids realize that their parents’ money gets them out of any sort of accountability, which means that their behavior often gets much worse, very quickly, to the point where all the other students’ educational environment is ruined. And the kids with fewer financial resources realize that the families with the money make the rules, which sends a horrible message.

      I left this school after three years because, although I loved most of
      the students and parents, I just couldn’t stand working in such a toxic
      environment anymore.

    • Sara

      March 19, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Oh, and one more note–that family that I mentioned? After the son graduated from eighth grade (it was a K-8 school), he proceeded to be expelled from not one but TWO different high schools before his sophomore year had ended. His younger sister’s behavior finally got so bad that she was kicked out the school in fourth grade, and she’s apparently doing no better in her new school.

      Parents who think that they’re doing their kids a favor by teaching them to behave like entitled brats are doing the opposite.

    • chickadee

      March 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      This story makes me very sad. I realize that there actually *are* separate standards for the uber-wealthy (I taught at a private college and met a father like that, but he wasn’t uber enough to get his own way) but I always sort of hope that some institution will have the intestinal fortitude and the ethics to draw the line somewhere. Otherwise you end up with Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick.

    • Valeri Jones

      March 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      This reminds me of one of our local judge’s daughters. They come in to eat where I work and both girls (ages 11 and 9) treat the waitresses like complete shit. They talk to us worse than they would talk to dogs, literally look down their noses at us, and throw the BIGGEST fit if one little thing is wrong about their food. I’ve actually witnessed the girls stealing tips off of other tables around them. What do the judge and his wife do? They let their girls keep the money they picked up and then replace the tips they stole out of their own pockets. No words to the girls about how their behavior is wrong. I don’t care if I’m rich or famous of the President of the United States – I WILL NOT raise my child to act like a little snot-nosed brat.

  3. Michelle

    March 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Cool story bro.

    • raeronola

      March 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Oh god. This comment. YES.

    • Denim Vest

      March 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      That is EXACTLY what I thought when I finished reading.

    • ali

      March 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Ahhh!! I LOVE when people say bro on here. I laugh every time. You Michelle, are awesome.

  4. Maggie

    March 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Entitled self-indulgent assholes acting like entitled self-indulgent assholes. And I’m not just referring to Range Rover drivers #1 and #2.

  5. Mary

    March 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    “There’s nothing like seeing two grown, beautiful, Range-Rover driving women get into a full on fight in front of other parents.”

    WHY? This is something that would make me very uncomfortable and upset.

    • chickadee

      March 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      You apparently don’t live in the wondrous world of entitlement that encourages you to laugh when people behave badly…

    • Tinyfaeri

      March 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Hey, not everyone is Real Housewives of __________ material.

    • Mary

      March 20, 2013 at 9:23 am

      You’re right and thank goodness!

    • SusannahJoy

      March 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Yeah…. Maybe I’m just a terrible person, but I would so laugh too.

  6. Scoop007

    March 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    In my world paying for a service doesn’t translate into a free pass to treat people like shit. And in my world watching two grown women fighting in front of a school is not entertaining or amazing.

  7. Annie

    March 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Take a shot every time Eckler makes a reference to how well to do she is!

    • Valeri Jones

      April 24, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      I’d be shitfaced by the time I got to the second paragraph. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Marina

    March 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Clearly this school isn’t very good if those are the kind of people who send their children there. Your friend is teaching her children that if you pay enough money you can do whatever you want with no consequences. I would be mortified to call someone like that my friend. I went to private school my whole life, and now teach in one. I have never witnessed such brazenly selfish, tacky, classes, and obnoxious behavior.


    March 19, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    And who doesn’t love crazy bitches?

  10. elmusic1

    March 20, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Can you say “ignorant?” This is so stupid. It amazes me (how stupid people get). Whether you make 50,000 a year or 500,000 a year, it doesn’t mean you’re better than anyone else out here in the world! Class and clout always seem important to some people. “Look at the car that I have and the people I know.” I’m not knocking no one for having money either but weigh the situation for what it is. The 20 grand is for the privilege for your child to get her education at that particular school. It’s not a license to be a “certified ass.” Seriously! Do the math! None of their crap adds up!!!!!!!!

  11. Jen

    March 20, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Real classy way to show kids how to deal with stressful situations. If it’s not to your liking 1-Do what you want, even if it inconveniences others 2-scream and yell and cause a scene if something goes wrong! I bet these two women do the same thing to their husbands to get what they want…because if they’ll behave that way in public, how are they behaving behind closed doors?

  12. Shelly Lloyd

    March 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I’ve seen this sort of ill manners at my local public elementary school.

  13. Jules

    March 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    This is not just a private school issue at all. People lose their minds when it comes to dropping off or picking up their little darlings from school. The ridiculousness I have seen in the drop off line could fill a book. It seems that people think if they are dropping off or picking up their kid no rules apply to them. And oh my God… we get it. Your kid goes to an expensive private school and you have rich friends. We get it! I don’t get the constant need to bang that drum. I have money. I drive a brand new BMW. But I don’t constantly need to go on and on about it. It’s icky. I was disappointed when I read this blog. When I saw the title I thought “wow… something I deal with everyday.. something I can relate to.” Sadly I was wrong. It was yet another article where Eckler doesn’t say much. She just takes every opportunity possible to let it be known that she has wealth. Ick.

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