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A mother who gave her daughter the name “Abcde” is upset because a Southwest Airlines gate agent at John Wayne Airport in California mocked the girl’s name, not only in person but also on social media. Abcde Redford is an epileptic, so she and her mother Traci always board before others, and a few weeks ago that triggered the incident.

Traci Redford said the agent not only mocked her five-year-old daughter’s name, which is pronounced “Ab-city,” in front of the young girl but also took a picture of her boarding pass and posted it on social media so others could make fun of it, too.

Redford claimed, “The gate agent started laughing, pointing at me and my daughter, talking to other employees. So I turned around and said, ‘Hey if I can hear you, my daughter can hear you, so I’d appreciate if you’d just stop.'”

Traci and Abcde Redford and her daughter were bound for El Paso, Texas, where they make their home. Traci Redford filed a complaint with the airline.

Traci Redford recalled, “While I was sitting there, she took a picture of my boarding pass and chose to post it on social media, mocking my daughter. It was actually brought to my attention by somebody who had seen it on Facebook and reported it to Southwest Airlines. And after two weeks of doing a formal complaint, Southwest hadn’t done anything.”

Southwest Airlines stated to ABC7:

We extend our sincere apology to the family. We take great pride in extending our Southwest Hospitality to all of our Customers, which includes living by the Golden Rule and treating every individual with respect, in person or online. The post is not indicative of the care, respect, and civility we expect from all of our Employees. We have followed up with the Employee involved, and while we do not disclose personnel actions publicly, we are using this as an opportunity to reinforce our policies and emphasize our expectations for all Employees.

One might think that naming a child “Abcde” would be unique, but as Vocativ reports, “According to the Social Security Administration database, 328 babies, all girls, have been named Abcde in the United States. Since 1990, we’ve had Abcdes born every year except 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996. The name was given to an all-time high of 32 babies in 2009, though the number has slightly declined each year since then. The median age of Abcdes is 7.5, and all but 11 of them are minors.”

In 2014, a 7-year-old autistic girl named Abcde and her service dog, a pit bull named Pup-Cake, wanted to meet a mall Santa and waited for 30 minutes, but the Santa wouldn’t meet the girl because he feared the dog.

Traci Redford decided to make the experience educational for her daughter. She told ABC7, “She said ‘Mom, why is she laughing at my name? And I said not everyone is nice and not everyone is going to be nice and it’s unfortunate.'”



  1. Helen

    November 30, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Why do parents choose such RIDICULOUS names? They put their children up for bullying among other things. We are all different but this is silly.

  2. Wef

    November 30, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    OMG! Get over it and move on,……

  3. Grace Joy

    November 30, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    If anything, she should be ashamed for giving her daughter such a ridiculous name. Child abuse. She set it up so her daughter would always be an outsider.

  4. Jon Wisdom

    November 30, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    The Southwest employee, if this did happen, was wrong to make fun of someone and very wrong to violate a passenger’s privacy by posting a boarding pass online. That just can’t happen. BUT … I also blame the mother. Why would she name her child that? She obviously was seeking attention when her child was born and now I put most of the blame on the mother.

  5. James Kelly

    November 30, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    People naming kids so they can be ‘cool’.

  6. Synickel

    November 30, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Yeh, mom, you were really nice to give your daughter a stupid name like that. Now she’s saddled with trying to spell and explain the pronunciation to everyone the rest of her life.

    And you thought naming her that would appear perfectly normal to everyone, and that no one would even blink an eye at it? You’re the doofus.

  7. Cathy

    November 30, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Lady what did you except? It’s was your choice to do that to your daughter.
    Did you not one time think about her spending the rest of her like explaining why her mom did this to her?

  8. Bird

    November 30, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    What the heck did she expect would happen when she first named her daughter?! If I saw the name, I’d assume that a mistake had been made. If I was told, “no, that’s her name and it is spelled correctly”, I would have to ask how it was pronounced because I would have no idea! If she wanted to humiliate her daughter, have her daughter bullied,picked on, teased, called names….and, if ‘mom’ wants to spend her entire life in court because she’s been ‘offended’; she did a PERFECT job. What a wicked thing she did to the one person she should protect and shield!

  9. Laurie McClain

    November 30, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Somehow I suspect that a mother would only give their daughter a name like that so they COULD sue someone eventually. Not defending the airline employee, but to me, that is a ridiculous name to saddle a child with.

  10. Donna

    November 30, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    The airline employee was wrong to mock her daughter’s name, she should have been more professional. That said, naming your child like that will cause her problems for the rest of her life.

  11. Chuck

    November 30, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    How about “L – A” for a name? Try to say it correctly without any hurtful commentary.
    It is “Ladasha”…get it? Wonder how many of them there are?

  12. Butch

    December 1, 2018 at 1:37 am

    What kind of person does this to an innocent child. This woman should be ashamed of herself. The Lord rebuke you. Just goes to show that the abortion rights nuts really do care little for human life.

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