A California mom was out on a coffee run with her child when she was attacked verbally by a Playa Vista resident.

Belinda Panelo, 44, had just parked on a public street on Tuesday when she was approached by an angered woman, according to ABC13.

The mom said the woman made a number of racist comments towards her and her son, including calling them “subhuman.” That’s when she decided to film the confrontation.

In Panelo’s video, the woman tells the mom:

“What are you? He doesn’t even look human. We don’t want you here. This is our street. Leave us alone… We pay $10,000 a month to keep you out.”

The mom said she remained calm because she knew her child was watching. Panelo explained:

“Because inside, you know, you want to react a certain way, but you’re going to have to, like, keep it together.”

She hopes that her calm reaction was a teaching moment for her child, adding:

“You’re trying to model the behavior that you want your child to. You’d hope that in a situation that your child would react in a respectful way, maintaining their dignity but while still standing up for themselves.”

Despite the woman’s hostility towards Panelo, the mom said she’s not placing judgment on the Playa Vista resident or others from the neighborhood.

She told ABC13:

“I will not have one incident make me think that everybody who was in that neighborhood was like that, because it’s not fair to generalize. And we don’t know if someone is suffering, if they have health issues.”

Panelo said she had a discussion about race with her son after the incident.

How would you handle this situation as a parent? Let us know in the comments.

Watch the video below:

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18 Replies to “Woman Tells Mom Her Son ‘Doesn’t Even Look Human.’ Her Response Is a Teaching Moment For Her Child”

  • GJL 6 months ago

    There is no explanation for stupid! The
    is woman is plain stupid. This is America.
    We are a country of many nationalities. God bless AMERICA
    and may he have mercy on stupid people.

  • Anonymous 6 months ago

    I would have flipped the woman off, looked at my son and say see baby? This is what an ignorant person looks like. We don’t want those type of people around us, okay?

  • Chrissy 6 months ago

    Wow, I think the Mom may possibly be correct on the “mental health” issue. Something about the woman’s eyes don’t look right. Kudos for not engaging even though you’re in the right. The high road is sometimes the safest road. Which one would you want as a neighbor? Money doesn’t buy tact, compassion, kindness, empathy, friendliness, common sense, etc. The list goes on.

  • Anonymous 6 months ago

    Should have used that 10 thou at the hair salon and the plastic surgeon.

  • Erika 6 months ago

    That woman looks mean and has an ugly personality. The woman getting yelled at was dignified and pretty. Sorry she had to go through that.

  • Michael Stone 6 months ago

    That woman has mental issues. You can tell by her eyes! This probably won’t be the last incident.

  • sm 6 months ago

    Whatever is wrong with this woman, she deserves a beat-down, and in the place of this mother, someone would have to restrain me to keep from accommodating her…! Whatever the reason for the tirade (mental illness comes to mind) this is unacceptable. Hope someone stepped in and told her so-the mom was too nice!

  • Lance Merlin 6 months ago

    That’s the kind of situation where I would just stare at the woman in wonder, let her wind down, and then just get on with my day. Maybe I’d tell my son that this is what stupid looks like. But confrontation is what she wanted, so I wouldn’t give it to her. Just let her stew.

  • Barbara Davila 6 months ago

    I’m always suspicious of a setup with this kind of thing. Happens a lot lately

  • nay 6 months ago

    Maybe she should buy a coffee maker and don’t go out to often.

  • Naynay 6 months ago

    Maybe she should buy a coffee maker and don’t go out to often.

  • Judy Christofferson 6 months ago

    I’ve lived for awhile–and life has totally Proven–you can’t fix–STUPID!! That antagonizing old lady needs a lesson in life–nobody–but nobody–listens to people who only “hope” they are Better than anyone else!! Get a heart.,, and then get a brain–is my advice to her.

  • Jj 6 months ago

    . o O ( Sigh …. )

    She is probably a very lonely liberal …. and why do I say that?

    Liberals are the BULLIES of the USA … and allow for bullies to exist.

  • Dee 6 months ago

    I am thinking the same thing as well. We did not hear the conversation before this started being filmed. I was expecting to see a photo of the boy.

  • Anonymous 6 months ago

    Anyway, why would you say that? Please reply

  • Anonymous 6 months ago

    Naynay, why would you say that?

  • larry 6 months ago

    Well what do you expect when you have a narcissistic racist in the white house ?

  • Ron Daggett 6 months ago

    I would have said, “nice to meet you. I just bought that house down the street aways, so it looks like we’re gonna be neighbors. Be sure to wave to my kids when they ride their bikes past your house.”

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