Dear Dr. R.V. Shrink:
You have had several questions recently about annoying campground neighbors. Here is one for you to take a whack at. We just spent two days parked next to a guy that wanted the whole world to listen to his sick attempt at child rearing. It was all I could do to get my wife from going over and shoving a sock in his mouth, or at least sock him in the mouth. He was belittling his young daughter constantly. She could not do anything right according to his warped sense of logic. We could tell the young teen was embarrassed by his remarks, taunting and cruel degradation. As they packed up on the third day we gave each other a high five, but still feel sorry for the young lady that has to endure another few years of his self-inflation by way of putting her down loudly and constantly. We do not like conflict but my wife thinks we should have given him a piece of our mind. What do you say?
-- Itchin' for a fight in Florida
Ask any cop that has to jump into a domestic violence scene. More times than not you become the bad guy and the whole group turns on you. The right solution, like most of the other situations, would be to move. Child abuse comes in many forms, this one was most likely not reportable. Besides the annoyance of listening to a loud mouth, you have to suffer along with the kid knowing what they must be dealing with. There are millions of stories in the campground world. You will become part of many of them if you travel enough. Don’t try to be a referee, be a spectator. If you tire of being a spectator, round ‘em up and move ‘em out. Depending on the severity of the noise or abuse, the only other suggestion would be to report this behavior to park officials. Do not try to become the law west of the fifth-wheel. It’s not your job.
--Keep Smilin’, Dr. R.V. Shrink