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2013-01-18 01:18:11 PM  
On second thought, I will have the special needs kid. With hollandaise sauce on the side.
 
2013-01-18 01:18:48 PM  
"Thank you to the waiter for standing up for those who can't! job well done!"

I thought downys had super strength or something.
 
2013-01-18 01:30:20 PM  
Had I been the waiter, I would have served that family...

...a body fluid buffet courtesy of the kitchen staff.
 
2013-01-18 01:36:26 PM  

Ed Finnerty: On second thought, I will have the special needs kid. With hollandaise sauce on the side.


I like the end cut.
 
2013-01-18 01:38:27 PM  
This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.
 
2013-01-18 02:02:19 PM  
I think one of the best parts about a steak dinner (besides the flesh) is the potato. I love the potato. Smothered in sour cream and butter, bit of cheddar and Oh! maybe a couple of bacon pieces.... potatoes.

/potato
 
2013-01-18 02:09:51 PM  
Stand up for one special needs kid and, before your know it, you're the premier special needs restaurant in town.  I mean, who wouldn't want that moniker?
 
2013-01-18 02:10:09 PM  

Uranus Is Huge!: Had I been the waiter, I would have served that family...

...a body fluid buffet courtesy of the kitchen staff.


And be sure they know it. But only after they've finished.
 
2013-01-18 02:10:14 PM  
So how much noise was the little tard making?
 
2013-01-18 02:10:49 PM  
Fark that, the waiter should be fired for being a bleeding heart liberal.... probably has an Obama bumpersticker on his car...

/that's the theme this week right?
 
2013-01-18 02:11:41 PM  

Uranus Is Huge!: Had I been the waiter, I would have served that family...

...a body fluid buffet courtesy of the kitchen staff.


I'm pretty sure that would make you at least as big an asshole as the family.
 
2013-01-18 02:12:27 PM  

urbangirl: Uranus Is Huge!: Had I been the waiter, I would have served that family...

...a body fluid buffet courtesy of the kitchen staff.

And be sure they know it. But only after they've finished.


So they can sue the ever-living hell out of the restaurant and every single person who works there? And win? And shut down the restaurant for obscene, flagrant, admitted to violations of the health code? Brilliant plan!
 
2013-01-18 02:12:42 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


Agreed. I asked to be moved once because the special needs kid was throwing a non-stop screaming hissy fit and throwing food at other diners. At one point, he swept everything off the table (dishes and all) onto the floor in a fit of rage.
 
2013-01-18 02:12:54 PM  
My brother and his wife went out to Laurenzo's for dinner a while ago and right after they got seated, a couple of people got seated next to them - a family. The boy was loud and kept yelling at his mom, something about I get fries, right? So they put in drink orders and tried to ignore it but the kid kept talking really loud. It was kind of spoiling the mood for them, so eventually my brother asked to be moved to another table. The waiter turned into this complete douche, "What? Don't like sitting next to the special needs kid? Is that it? Is that your problem?" and my brother kept trying to say "no we just want a quiet night..."

Well needless to say, when the waiter turned ugly, "Is it that the tards need to be kept in the tard box? Is that your problem? Get the fark out, we don't serve your kind here," they decided to go. No sense in causing a ruckus - they figured the family with the shouting kid was already embarrassed enough - and at that point he was pretty sure that complaining to a manager or something would just get him a one way ticket to a snot-entree and a side of piss soup. So yeah, they just left.

I wonder if it was the same restaurant.
 
2013-01-18 02:13:00 PM  
Your tard wants steak.
 
2013-01-18 02:13:08 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


Miracles never happen in your world do they. I'm so sorry. :(
 
2013-01-18 02:13:20 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


I read TFA, and I couldn't have said it any better. Something else was happening there.
 
2013-01-18 02:13:38 PM  
t1.gstatic.com
 
2013-01-18 02:13:41 PM  

blatz514: "Thank you to the waiter for standing up for those who can't! job well done!"

I thought downys had super strength or something.


1.bp.blogspot.com

They do!
 
2013-01-18 02:13:50 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


I believe the part where the waiter told the family how he'd heroically stood up for them.
 
2013-01-18 02:13:58 PM  

blatz514: "Thank you to the waiter for standing up for those who can't! job well done!"

I thought downys had super strength or something.


Only when they go sex nuts and retard strong. Then you end up in a struggle to the death to keep them from jamming your cock in their mouth.
 
2013-01-18 02:14:19 PM  

Uranus Is Huge!: Had I been the waiter, I would have served that family...

...a body fluid buffet courtesy of the kitchen staff.


Would you offer the FULL buffet? Because spinal fluid makes a delicious au jus.
 
2013-01-18 02:14:41 PM  
This really sounds like an excuse.  I bet they just left because they were tired of the waiters being tardy with their drinks.
 
2013-01-18 02:15:24 PM  

The Muthaship: Uranus Is Huge!: Had I been the waiter, I would have served that family...

...a body fluid buffet courtesy of the kitchen staff.

I'm pretty sure that would make you at least as big an asshole as the family.


I guess it's a good thing I'm not in the food service industry.
 
2013-01-18 02:16:27 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Uranus Is Huge!: Had I been the waiter, I would have served that family...

...a body fluid buffet courtesy of the kitchen staff.

Would you offer the FULL buffet? Because spinal fluid makes a delicious au jus.


offmymeds: blatz514: "Thank you to the waiter for standing up for those who can't! job well done!"

I thought downys had super strength or something.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 499x376]

They do!


25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-18 02:16:36 PM  
If they want to be treated equally and fair, why do they have a short bus?
 
2013-01-18 02:16:49 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


If there was a disturbance, then the people should have asked to move on the basis of the disturbance, not on the basis that "special needs kids should be kept in special places".

Also, maybe after the waiter told them off, they realized what was up, felt shame, and just left.
 
2013-01-18 02:16:58 PM  

CapeFearCadaver: I think one of the best parts about a steak dinner (besides the flesh) is the potato. I love the potato. Smothered in sour cream and butter, bit of cheddar and Oh! maybe a couple of bacon pieces.... potatoes.

/potato


Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew...
 
2013-01-18 02:17:11 PM  
THE INTERNET REALLY RUSTLED RUFFLED
i.imgur.com
MY POTATOES
 
2013-01-18 02:17:17 PM  

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

Agreed. I asked to be moved once because the special needs kid was throwing a non-stop screaming hissy fit and throwing food at other diners. At one point, he swept everything off the table (dishes and all) onto the floor in a fit of rage.


Well, it wasn't pudding day, so I was pissed. Look at things from my point of view once and a while, whydontya.
 
2013-01-18 02:17:18 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


Sorry, I have a son who is autisitic (non-verbal). Other than his inability to speak and some slow developed social skills, just looking at him you can't tell. Last week in Target he was walking through the toy aisles and I was following him, he was doing his normal low level hum that keeps him happy and kind of sounds like he's humming a song. A little boy did a double take on him as he passed and his mom tells him "don't pay attention to him, he's 'special'"

So I looked at the boy and said "that's right, your mom thinks my kid is special, and apparently doesn't think the same of you!"

She gave me a very bad stink eye and walked off.

Some people have no farking courtesy and ALWAYS assume the worst. I've waited tables on people that you could just tell from the time they sat down that NOTHING was going to be right, no matter how good the service, food, drinks, etc. It's a superiority thing.
 
2013-01-18 02:17:18 PM  

sufferpuppet: So how much noise was the little tard making?


its not the noise that is the issue, but the smell of ol' melon-head shiatting his pants you have to worry about.

I likely wouldn't complain about a floor-licker in a McDonalds (staff, or patron), but in a steak house, i kinda don't want to be put off my meal. In fine dining, its about having a pleasant experience.
 
2013-01-18 02:17:19 PM  

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Agreed. I asked to be moved once because the special needs kid was throwing a non-stop screaming hissy fit and throwing food at other diners. At one point, he swept everything off the table (dishes and all) onto the floor in a fit of rage.


I'm going to call bullshiat on your story. You're suggesting that the parents and the restaurant simply sighed and let that happen, huh? And you graciously did as well, only asking to be moved, huh? Nope. Never happened.
 
2013-01-18 02:17:37 PM  

CapeFearCadaver: I think one of the best parts about a steak dinner (besides the flesh) is the potato. I love the potato. Smothered in sour cream and butter, bit of cheddar and Oh! maybe a couple of bacon pieces.... potatoes.

/potato


image.spreadshirt.net
 
2013-01-18 02:18:13 PM  

Fizpez: Fark that, the waiter should be fired for being a bleeding heart liberal.... probably has an Obama bumpersticker on his car...

/that's the theme this week right?


No, you've got it all wrong. The waiter was an avid churchgoer with a choose life bumpersticker. If the waiter were a liberal, he'd have simply complied with the patrons' request to be moved, and understood the reason why. He'd then wonder why the Downs kid wasn't aborted.

Seriously, why wasn't he aborted?
 
2013-01-18 02:18:17 PM  
www.seoclerks.com
 
2013-01-18 02:18:41 PM  

unlikely: My brother and his wife went out to Laurenzo's for dinner a while ago and right after they got seated, a couple of people got seated next to them - a family. The boy was loud and kept yelling at his mom, something about I get fries, right? So they put in drink orders and tried to ignore it but the kid kept talking really loud. It was kind of spoiling the mood for them, so eventually my brother asked to be moved to another table. The waiter turned into this complete douche, "What? Don't like sitting next to the special needs kid? Is that it? Is that your problem?" and my brother kept trying to say "no we just want a quiet night..."

Well needless to say, when the waiter turned ugly, "Is it that the tards need to be kept in the tard box? Is that your problem? Get the fark out, we don't serve your kind here," they decided to go. No sense in causing a ruckus - they figured the family with the shouting kid was already embarrassed enough - and at that point he was pretty sure that complaining to a manager or something would just get him a one way ticket to a snot-entree and a side of piss soup. So yeah, they just left.

I wonder if it was the same restaurant.


This is unlikely
 
2013-01-18 02:18:48 PM  

serpent_sky: urbangirl: Uranus Is Huge!: Had I been the waiter, I would have served that family...

...a body fluid buffet courtesy of the kitchen staff.

And be sure they know it. But only after they've finished.

So they can sue the ever-living hell out of the restaurant and every single person who works there? And win? And shut down the restaurant for obscene, flagrant, admitted to violations of the health code? Brilliant plan!


Good lord, people. Pretty sure Uranus was making a li'l joke. I know I was.

Tell ya what -- why don't you sign off for a while and go see if you can't find a sense of humor somewhere. We'll see ya when you get back.
 
2013-01-18 02:18:56 PM  
I expected a story about them openly mocking the kid. As other's said, the waiter is really the only witness here. This sounds like self righteous attention whoring.
 
2013-01-18 02:18:56 PM  
I have two special needs kids. One thing that you quickly develop is a thick skin; I tend to not care what anyone thinks (within reason) anymore.
 
2013-01-18 02:19:02 PM  
It should say right there on the whine list what the corky fee is.
 
2013-01-18 02:19:19 PM  

Fizpez: Fark that, the waiter should be fired for being a bleeding heart liberal.... probably has an Obama bumpersticker on his car...


Were that the case, I'd think he'd have asked the family why they didnt abort their little gift from God while they still had a chance.
/ dont see as many as you used to...
 
2013-01-18 02:19:22 PM  

oh_please: Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

I read TFA, and I couldn't have said it any better. Something else was happening there.


personally, i think asking to be moved to a new table is not a big deal. I've done it before around screaming babies and people who talk too loudly. but, according to the article:

She says she learned this family had told the waiter that "Special needs kids should be kept in special places." At that point, the waiter apparently told the customers that he was offended and would not serve them.

If this was said, i understand asking the people to leave. if they just said, can we please move with no explanation, or just explaining that they would prefer a quieter seating option, then there probably wouldn't have been a story.
 
2013-01-18 02:19:26 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


Seeing as it's via the Consumerist, I wholeheartedly agree with you.

/den of whiny-assed attention whores
 
2013-01-18 02:20:29 PM  
img.photobucket.com

greatest kid in the world!
 
2013-01-18 02:21:31 PM  

tricycleracer: Stand up for one special needs kid and, before your know it, you're the premier special needs restaurant in town.  I mean, who wouldn't want that moniker?


www.fgoguide.com
 
2013-01-18 02:22:06 PM  
Your potato wants steak would have been a better headline.
 
2013-01-18 02:22:13 PM  
Lets all be honest here, nobody would want to sit next to a drooling, snot bubbled cabbage while having dinner.
 
2013-01-18 02:22:29 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: A little boy did a double take on him as he passed and his mom tells him "don't pay attention to him, he's 'special'"

So I looked at the boy and said "that's right, your mom thinks my kid is special, and apparently doesn't think the same of you!"

She gave me a very bad stink eye and walked off.


No offense, but you're a jerk.
 
2013-01-18 02:22:57 PM  

Greg Tolan: If there was a disturbance, then the people should have asked to move on the basis of the disturbance, not on the basis that "special needs kids should be kept in special places".


♫ Sometimes I sit
And make handicapped faces
While handicapped people
Eat in handicapped places
I'm an asshole
He's an asshole
Such an asshole ♫
 
2013-01-18 02:23:22 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: Lets all be honest here, nobody would want to sit next to a drooling, snot bubbled cabbage while having dinner.


Maybe, but this story is about a kid with Down's.
 
2013-01-18 02:24:36 PM  

MycroftHolmes: unlikely: My brother and his wife went out to Laurenzo's for dinner a while ago and right after they got seated, a couple of people got seated next to them - a family. The boy was loud and kept yelling at his mom, something about I get fries, right? So they put in drink orders and tried to ignore it but the kid kept talking really loud. It was kind of spoiling the mood for them, so eventually my brother asked to be moved to another table. The waiter turned into this complete douche, "What? Don't like sitting next to the special needs kid? Is that it? Is that your problem?" and my brother kept trying to say "no we just want a quiet night..."

Well needless to say, when the waiter turned ugly, "Is it that the tards need to be kept in the tard box? Is that your problem? Get the fark out, we don't serve your kind here," they decided to go. No sense in causing a ruckus - they figured the family with the shouting kid was already embarrassed enough - and at that point he was pretty sure that complaining to a manager or something would just get him a one way ticket to a snot-entree and a side of piss soup. So yeah, they just left.

I wonder if it was the same restaurant.

This is unlikely


looks like there's only one Laurenzo's...so yes
 
2013-01-18 02:24:45 PM  
You know what, some restaurants do go above and beyond. I once worked with a guy on a puree diet and they ground up the whole damn Easter dinner for him. I wish that place hadn't gone bankrupt in a terrible small town economy. Good service and good chicken florentine too.
 
2013-01-18 02:25:16 PM  

urbangirl: Pretty sure Uranus was making a li'l joke. I know I was.


Yeah, sorry. It's just that that particular joke appears in every thread that involves working in the food service industry in any way. And it's not really a joke, since it happens all the time. And if it didn't happen all the time, it still lacks what most people would consider humor. I mean, we're talking about a passive aggressive act of revenge. It's not high comedy.
 
2013-01-18 02:25:30 PM  

tricycleracer: Stand up for one special needs kid and, before your know it, you're the premier special needs restaurant in town.  I mean, who wouldn't want that moniker?


It's in Texas, so draw your own conclusions.
 
2013-01-18 02:25:57 PM  
i.imgur.com
cake
 
2013-01-18 02:25:58 PM  

MycroftHolmes: This is unlikely


Every bit as credible as the story in the link.
 
2013-01-18 02:26:01 PM  

Uranus Is Huge!: Popcorn Johnny: Lets all be honest here, nobody would want to sit next to a drooling, snot bubbled cabbage while having dinner.

Maybe, but this story is about a kid with Down's.


Who are, of course, renowned throughout the West for their Gilded Age manners and serene table grace.
 
2013-01-18 02:26:18 PM  
assuming that this will drum up a lot of business for the restaurant (kudos to the waiter for doing the right thing) - My headline might have been "Special Needs Kid Causes Long Wait Lines at Restaurant"
 
2013-01-18 02:26:45 PM  

WinoRhino: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Agreed. I asked to be moved once because the special needs kid was throwing a non-stop screaming hissy fit and throwing food at other diners. At one point, he swept everything off the table (dishes and all) onto the floor in a fit of rage.

I'm going to call bullshiat on your story. You're suggesting that the parents and the restaurant simply sighed and let that happen, huh? And you graciously did as well, only asking to be moved, huh? Nope. Never happened.


I never said anything about parents. He was with a caregiver who was clearly ill-equipped to handle having him out at a restaurant. What would you rather have me do? Go over to the table and tell them to "shut their kid up"? What's the matter with you, anyway? Simply asking to be moved to another table is a reasonable and adult response.
 
2013-01-18 02:27:05 PM  

another cultural observer: Fizpez: Fark that, the waiter should be fired for being a bleeding heart liberal.... probably has an Obama bumpersticker on his car...

/that's the theme this week right?

No, you've got it all wrong. The waiter was an avid churchgoer with a choose life bumpersticker. If the waiter were a liberal, he'd have simply complied with the patrons' request to be moved, and understood the reason why. He'd then wonder why the Downs kid wasn't aborted.

Seriously, why wasn't he aborted?


insultyourbossday.com
 
2013-01-18 02:27:26 PM  
The lass and I got a hotel suite next to a family with a kid that was screaming hateful crap at his keepers.
I went to the quiet bathroom and called to get a new room
and got to hear the desk clerk go from helpful to
...oh, you're THAT kind of guest..

after 20 minutes of thrashing and yelling I called the desk,
asked to speak to the asst manager
and stood next to the wall the kid was slamming his body against.

got a better room in seconds
and champagne

the hershey hotel, not to be confused with the highway
 
2013-01-18 02:28:10 PM  
Being this is consumerist, I wonder what details where left out, or what embellishments were added.
 
2013-01-18 02:29:05 PM  
img194.imageshack.us

Then John came out from the back room and everyone gathered around for a laugh.
 
2013-01-18 02:29:06 PM  

serpent_sky: Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


If the waiter refused to serve you but you still wanted to eat, you could ask (or be asked) to move to a table served by someone else. Is deductive reasoning dead?
 
2013-01-18 02:29:21 PM  

The Muthaship: urbangirl: Pretty sure Uranus was making a li'l joke. I know I was.

Yeah, sorry. It's just that that particular joke appears in every thread that involves working in the food service industry in any way. And it's not really a joke, since it happens all the time. And if it didn't happen all the time, it still lacks what most people would consider humor. I mean, we're talking about a passive aggressive act of revenge. It's not high comedy.


Unlike the biting commentary you've contributed.

You come to Fark looking for high comedy. lol

Get a load of Little Lord Fauntleroy.
 
2013-01-18 02:29:36 PM  
Ahh, i miss the good 'ole days, when you'd just send your baby off to an institution and try again hoping the next won't be defective too. ;)

Charles.
 
2013-01-18 02:29:37 PM  
The family that owns Laurenzo's owns several other very  good tex mex places in Houston. Laurenzo's may be a "steak" restaurant but it is very very family friendly. I can see this happening given what I know of the restaurant - especially as from what I understand from another article, the family with the special needs kid were regulars.

This restaurant is on the "Washington Corridor" where all of the entitle little hipsters like to go bar hopping and drive their stupid keg-cycle down the street so they can "drink and drive" between bars. So yeah, I'm betting this happened.
 
2013-01-18 02:30:10 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: Lets all be honest here, nobody would want to sit next to a drooling, snot bubbled cabbage while having dinner.


I call my dog my little chou-chou sometimes.
 
2013-01-18 02:30:15 PM  

The Muthaship: urbangirl: Pretty sure Uranus was making a li'l joke. I know I was.

Yeah, sorry. It's just that that particular joke appears in every thread that involves working in the food service industry in any way. And it's not really a joke, since it happens all the time. And if it didn't happen all the time, it still lacks what most people would consider humor. I mean, we're talking about a passive aggressive act of revenge. It's not high comedy.


PRO TIP: If you're looking for high comedy here, you're doing it wrong.
 
2013-01-18 02:30:43 PM  
THANK YOU WAITER ! GREAT !
 
2013-01-18 02:30:54 PM  

topcon: Being this is consumerist, I wonder what details where left out, or what embellishments were added.


from mom: "Was he loud? Maybe a little in the moment..." but, apparently they were regulars, so...
Link
 
2013-01-18 02:31:21 PM  

urbangirl: If you're looking for high comedy here, you're doing it wrong.


Some of funniest things I've ever read/seen have come from posters on this site.

/forgive my grouchiness.
//long week
 
2013-01-18 02:31:23 PM  
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Pie. It's Pie.
 
2013-01-18 02:31:53 PM  

pute kisses like a man: She says she learned this family had told the waiter that "Special needs kids should be kept in special places." At that point, the waiter apparently told the customers that he was offended and would not serve them.

If this was said, i understand asking the people to leave. if they just said, can we please move with no explanation, or just explaining that they would prefer a quieter seating option, then there probably wouldn't have been a story.


They could have said that, in a fit of frustration because of the noise or whatever was going on. I don't know. I am pretty cynical and think most people suck, but I doubt there are people in the world who just refuse to be seated near a special needs kid that isn't making a ruckus.  It doesn't make what they said right, but I also don't believe that someone who said that said it (a) for no reason or (b) just quietly left without a huge scene.  *shrug*
 
2013-01-18 02:32:50 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

Sorry, I have a son who is autisitic (non-verbal). Other than his inability to speak and some slow developed social skills, just looking at him you can't tell. Last week in Target he was walking through the toy aisles and I was following him, he was doing his normal low level hum that keeps him happy and kind of sounds like he's humming a song. A little boy did a double take on him as he passed and his mom tells him "don't pay attention to him, he's 'special'"

So I looked at the boy and said "that's right, your mom thinks my kid is special, and apparently doesn't think the same of you!"

She gave me a very bad stink eye and walked off.

Some people have no farking courtesy and ALWAYS assume the worst. I've waited tables on people that you could just tell from the time they sat down that NOTHING was going to be right, no matter how good the service, food, drinks, etc. It's a superiority thing.


You want us to believe the above but then say a small child did a double take when passing your child ? and the mother was able to recognize your child had special needs but he doesn't look it at all ?
 
2013-01-18 02:33:00 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


You obviously haven't waited tables. There are a lot of weird assholes out there that asked to be moved for much, much less. Last night I had a table move because there were two "normal" children at the table next to them (who were surprisingly well behaved).

I believe it, and here's why: people being waited on feel an entitlement for some reason... like the table is "theirs" and the waiter is in "their area." Bartenders get to say no/put assholes in their place all the time, it is why waiters work so hard to get the promotion up to the bar. If this guy really made such an awful comment about special kids needing to be kept in special places, then the waiter stumbled into a rare situation - One where he could really break out of his subservient waiter shell, buck up like a bartender, and tell this guy to fark off. I'm sure the asshole realized how inappropriate his comment was. If THE WAITER, someone who makes his living by essentially biting his tongue constantly, took the rare chance to take a stand, then I'm sure the guy wouldn't have tried to cause a scene... because he knew he farked up and wouldn't win, not with the bartender, not with the Manager, ESPECIALLY if it was in independent, non-chain joint. Anyway, good job kid, you'll make it to the bar soon.

Once I got to kick out people for making loud, overtly racist comments in a packed restaurant. "Pay up, get out, and don't come back assholes" were my words. The manager had my back. The owner had my back. I never got in trouble.
 
2013-01-18 02:33:15 PM  

The Muthaship: urbangirl: If you're looking for high comedy here, you're doing it wrong.

Some of funniest things I've ever read/seen have come from posters on this site.

/forgive my grouchiness.
//long week


me too. don't aplogize -- i'm having fun yankin' your chain.
 
2013-01-18 02:33:31 PM  
I've seen people switch tables in restaraunts to avoid my kids, and they are even special needs. My kids are actually very polite and well behaved.

Some people just cannot tolerate young people.
 
2013-01-18 02:33:33 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: topcon: Being this is consumerist, I wonder what details where left out, or what embellishments were added.

from mom: "Was he loud? Maybe a little in the moment..." but, apparently they were regulars, so...
Link


Yeah, as we expected. The kid was probably making a shiatload of ruckus. I'd be surprised if the family even said "special needs kids should be kept in special places."
 
2013-01-18 02:34:07 PM  
I mean they aren't special needs
 
2013-01-18 02:34:18 PM  

urbangirl: i'm having fun yankin' your chain.


Then I will continue to act curmudgeonly.....
 
2013-01-18 02:34:28 PM  
Hey! Is this where I act all offended and praise special needs kids to show how good a person I am?
 
2013-01-18 02:35:04 PM  
I thought the 'Hero' tag was reserved for gun shows
 
2013-01-18 02:35:59 PM  

The Muthaship: urbangirl: i'm having fun yankin' your chain.

Then I will continue to act curmudgeonly.....


Niiiiiice.
 
2013-01-18 02:36:39 PM  
WhippingBoy

I have two special needs kids
. One thing that you quickly develop is a thick skin; I tend to not care what anyone thinks (within reason) anymore.

Maybe you should stop farking your sister
 
2013-01-18 02:37:20 PM  

The Muthaship: urbangirl: Pretty sure Uranus was making a li'l joke. I know I was.

Yeah, sorry. It's just that that particular joke appears in every thread that involves working in the food service industry in any way. And it's not really a joke, since it happens all the time. And if it didn't happen all the time, it still lacks what most people would consider humor. I mean, we're talking about a passive aggressive act of revenge. It's not high comedy.


Exactly, it's not as if we don't all know that pissed off restaurant workers will do vile things to your food. Either we've worked in restaurants or know people who have and while I am sure some of the stories are embellished, these things actually do happen, so it's not much of a joke.

Plus, this is Fark, where people really do seem to get off on revenge fantasies like peeing in someone's soup.  Can't imagine how I missed that "joke". Oh well. :)
 
2013-01-18 02:37:27 PM  

doubled99: Hey! Is this where I act all offended and praise special needs kids to show how good a person I am?


Mocking crippled kids is also an option.
 
2013-01-18 02:38:20 PM  
You people laugh, but none of you will ever know the horror of getting a call at three in the morning and hearing the doctor say they can't find a potato. None of you will ever know the struggle of watching a child die from Down Syndrome, and watching the life slowly drain from your wife's face!

We keep his ashes on our piano in a tasteful tribute to him.

All you insensitive assholes can go DIAF.
 
2013-01-18 02:39:19 PM  

topcon: Yeah, as we expected. The kid was probably making a shiatload of ruckus. I'd be surprised if the family even said "special needs kids should be kept in special places."


Sounds like the kid was making noise (from another link someone posted) as I suspected. For all we know, they did say that, but maybe when they asked to be moved, the waiter pointed out the kid was special needs. I could also see that scenario happening. You know, he's special, therefore, deal with it?   Again, maybe they were just assholes, but this story seems so far out of line with reality, I'm sticking with noisy kid, overreacting waiter, and a side order of bullshiat.
 
2013-01-18 02:40:15 PM  

doubled99: WhippingBoy

I have two special needs kids. One thing that you quickly develop is a thick skin; I tend to not care what anyone thinks (within reason) anymore.

Maybe you should stop farking your sister


I've tried. She can be very demanding.
 
2013-01-18 02:40:21 PM  

unlikely: My brother and his wife went out to Laurenzo's for dinner a while ago and right after they got seated, a couple of people got seated next to them - a family. The boy was loud and kept yelling at his mom, something about I get fries, right? So they put in drink orders and tried to ignore it but the kid kept talking really loud. It was kind of spoiling the mood for them, so eventually my brother asked to be moved to another table. The waiter turned into this complete douche, "What? Don't like sitting next to the special needs kid? Is that it? Is that your problem?" and my brother kept trying to say "no we just want a quiet night..."

Well needless to say, when the waiter turned ugly, "Is it that the tards need to be kept in the tard box? Is that your problem? Get the fark out, we don't serve your kind here," they decided to go. No sense in causing a ruckus - they figured the family with the shouting kid was already embarrassed enough - and at that point he was pretty sure that complaining to a manager or something would just get him a one way ticket to a snot-entree and a side of piss soup. So yeah, they just left.

I wonder if it was the same restaurant.


I'm sure if they tell their story to the Consumerist, there will be an article ripping the restaurant for failing to serve their customers properly, along with some of the unkind Yelp reviews and Facebook comments.
 
2013-01-18 02:40:27 PM  

Fark Rye For Many Whores: THE INTERNET REALLY RUSTLED RUFFLED
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MY POTATOES


I recognize Kelly Osbourne, but who's the old lady?
 
2013-01-18 02:41:07 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: topcon: Being this is consumerist, I wonder what details where left out, or what embellishments were added.

from mom: "Was he loud? Maybe a little in the moment..." but, apparently they were regulars, so...
Link


And I hate to break it to the mom, but "in the moment" is all the people at the other table have as a reference for the child's behavior. They don't know the kid, and if he was loud in that moment, perhaps they wanted to avoid an entire meal full of similar behavior.

And it's Consumerist, so color me skeptical.
 
2013-01-18 02:41:20 PM  

Fear the Clam: Fark Rye For Many Whores: THE INTERNET REALLY RUSTLED RUFFLED
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MY POTATOES

I recognize Kelly Osbourne, but who's the old lady?


What's not a woman. That's Phillip Seymore Hoffman.
 
2013-01-18 02:41:39 PM  
I have a tough time believing that the family left for no other reason than that a special-needs kid sat at a table nearby, mostly because I think that if this were truly the only reason, then the family likely wouldn't even have known that a special-needs kid sat at a table nearby. Restaurant patrons don't normally pay that much attention to people at other tables. The insults were uncalled for regardless, but I find it unlikely that the kid truly did nothing.

Like all kids, special-needs kids need to be exposed to social situations. But also like all kids, those situations need to be scaled and matched to their capabilities at the moment.
 
2013-01-18 02:41:51 PM  

durbnpoisn: I've seen people switch tables in restaraunts to avoid my kids, and they are even special needs. My kids are actually very polite and well behaved.

Some people just cannot tolerate young people.


What's wrong with that? As long as the restaurant is able to accomodate them in a reasonable manner, I see no problem with this.
 
2013-01-18 02:42:39 PM  
Is it illegal to have sex with someone who has Down Syndrome?
 
2013-01-18 02:42:42 PM  

BronyMedic: Fear the Clam: Fark Rye For Many Whores: THE INTERNET REALLY RUSTLED RUFFLED
[i.imgur.com image 500x472]]
MY POTATOES

I recognize Kelly Osbourne, but who's the old lady?

What's not a woman. That's Phillip Seymore Hoffman.


I was thinking William H. Macy.

Filliam H. Muffman?
 
2013-01-18 02:43:03 PM  

pute kisses like a man: oh_please: Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

I read TFA, and I couldn't have said it any better. Something else was happening there.

personally, i think asking to be moved to a new table is not a big deal. I've done it before around screaming babies and people who talk too loudly. but, according to the article:

She says she learned this family had told the waiter that "Special needs kids should be kept in special places." At that point, the waiter apparently told the customers that he was offended and would not serve them.

If this was said, i understand asking the people to leave. if they just said, can we please move with no explanation, or just explaining that they would prefer a quieter seating option, then there probably wouldn't have been a story.


Yeah, but the story paints a different picture...basically it says that they asked to move just because the kid was "special needs", without saying anything other than that. That smells like bullshiat.There were other things going on, I'll guarantee it.

Odds are, the kid was screaming and hollering and destroying their night out, maybe the ONE night out that they get every few months, where they just want to sit down, enjoy a farking quiet dinner, and talk over a glass of wine or something.

Maybe I'm projecting too much into this, but the Mrs and I have been there, done that.
 
2013-01-18 02:43:33 PM  

doczoidberg: Is it illegal to have sex with someone who has Down Syndrome?


No, so go ahead and hire that hooker.
 
2013-01-18 02:43:38 PM  

doubled99: Hey! Is this where I act all offended and praise special needs kids to show how good a person I am?


No, it's where you display your deft understanding of human nature with regards to the internet in one of the most interesting posts in the thread that _really_ gets you thinking and analyzing what motivates us on a minute by minute basis.

Thank god there are people like you out there.
 
2013-01-18 02:44:07 PM  
Whatever Laurenzo's is pretty good despite being too close to the Pearl Bar.
 
2013-01-18 02:44:08 PM  

durbnpoisn: I've seen people switch tables in restaraunts to avoid my kids, and they are even special needs. My kids are actually very polite and well behaved.

Some people just cannot tolerate young people.


all kids are polite and well behaved until viewed through the eyes of complete strangers.
 
2013-01-18 02:44:21 PM  

WhippingBoy: durbnpoisn: I've seen people switch tables in restaraunts to avoid my kids, and they are even special needs. My kids are actually very polite and well behaved.

Some people just cannot tolerate young people.

What's wrong with that? As long as the restaurant is able to accomodate them in a reasonable manner, I see no problem with this.


I am one of those people who will ask to move if possible rather than be seated next to a kid. Your kids may well behave well, or you may THINK your kids behave well, but the odds of kids screaming, making a fuss, kicking the seat or whatever are too great to risk it. I don't go out to eat that often, and when I do, I want to enjoy it, not have a bad time because I have to deal with someone else's ill-behaved kid that they can't or won't control, or even better, don't realize they SHOULD control.  Again, your kid may behave just fine. I'd just rather not take the chance.
 
2013-01-18 02:44:26 PM  

Fear the Clam: I recognize Kelly Osbourne, but who's the old lady?


That's exactly what I thought haha.
 
2013-01-18 02:44:37 PM  

doczoidberg: Is it illegal to have sex with someone who has Down Syndrome?


Nope, actually, as long as they are legally able to consent for themselves. And there's a good chance the kid will come out "normal", so to speak.

WhippingBoy: durbnpoisn: I've seen people switch tables in restaraunts to avoid my kids, and they are even special needs. My kids are actually very polite and well behaved.

Some people just cannot tolerate young people.

What's wrong with that? As long as the restaurant is able to accomodate them in a reasonable manner, I see no problem with this.


There's a difference in asking to move to another table, and going on a diatribe about how 'tards should be kept in the basement. One is polite, the other's being a total douche.
 
2013-01-18 02:44:41 PM  
So far this thread has taught me that it's a far greater crime to joke about adulterating someone's food, than to ridicule handicapped children.

Fark is a weird place.
 
2013-01-18 02:44:43 PM  

doczoidberg: Is it illegal to have sex with someone who has Down Syndrome?


Why don't you ask your mom?
 
2013-01-18 02:44:51 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo:
Sorry, I have a son who is autisitic (non-verbal). Other than his inability to speak and some slow developed social skills, just looking at him you can't tell.
.


Apparently, they can tell.
 
2013-01-18 02:45:27 PM  

doubled99: Hey! Is this where I act all offended and praise special needs kids to show how good a person I am?


Oh no, you've already said enough.
 
2013-01-18 02:46:28 PM  

doczoidberg: Is it illegal to have sex with someone who has Down Syndrome?


calm down, you crusty barnacle.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-18 02:47:00 PM  

Phil Moskowitz

doubled99: Hey! Is this where I act all offended and praise special needs kids to show how good a person I am?

No, it's where you display your deft understanding of human nature with regards to the internet in one of the most interesting posts in the thread that _really_ gets you thinking and analyzing what motivates us on a minute by minute basis.

Thank god there are people like you out there.



Is that an insult???
 
2013-01-18 02:47:29 PM  

serpent_sky: I am one of those people who will ask to move if possible rather than be seated next to a kid. Your kids may well behave well, or you may THINK your kids behave well, but the odds of kids screaming, making a fuss, kicking the seat or whatever are too great to risk it. I don't go out to eat that often, and when I do, I want to enjoy it, not have a bad time because I have to deal with someone else's ill-behaved kid that they can't or won't control, or even better, don't realize they SHOULD control.  Again, your kid may behave just fine. I'd just rather not take the chance.


You can move yourself to any seat at McDonald's. You don't need permission.

/too easy
 
2013-01-18 02:47:40 PM  

Uranus Is Huge!: So far this thread has taught me that it's a far greater crime to joke about adulterating someone's food, than to ridicule handicapped children.


You know where else you could've learned that?

The criminal code of your state.
 
2013-01-18 02:47:44 PM  
The real question I want answered was did the other table tip him well?
 
2013-01-18 02:47:53 PM  

The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: doubled99: Hey! Is this where I act all offended and praise special needs kids to show how good a person I am?

Oh no, you've already said enough.


I knew there was a reason I ignored that guy.
 
2013-01-18 02:47:59 PM  

WhippingBoy: DoBeDoBeDo: A little boy did a double take on him as he passed and his mom tells him "don't pay attention to him, he's 'special'"

So I looked at the boy and said "that's right, your mom thinks my kid is special, and apparently doesn't think the same of you!"

She gave me a very bad stink eye and walked off.

No offense, but you're a jerk.


Yeah, my take on what the other mother said was that she was trying to tell her kid not to make a big deal of the other kid humming to himself, because that is just how he is.
 
2013-01-18 02:49:45 PM  
www.metalsucks.net
Was once at a restaurant where they brought in their potato-counter with them of around 15 years of age. This.......thing wasn't like your average Downsy-but-still-normal-enough type of Corky. This one was of the Tard Elite. Hockey helmet, smells of indescribable origin, shrieking like a banshee between bursts of vomiting & pissing himself, etc. It was like every foul odor known to Man was reeking from this bloated carcass.

I've watched Peter Jackson's "Bad taste" while gobbling down a bowl of pistachio pudding on a dare, I could eat peanut butter while seeing "2 Girls 1 Cup", but this was too much to stomach. The beast cleared the whole joint with 20 minutes from it's nonstop fits of yowling, reeking, and spewing/oozing as many vile substances as possible in great distances, painting the walls and ceiling with his fluids.

Never again. If this ever happens once more in my lifetime, I am quickly going to stop everything right there at the table even if all I had was one bite, rush to pay my receipt, and GTFO before the show starts.
 
2013-01-18 02:49:51 PM  

BronyMedic: doczoidberg: Is it illegal to have sex with someone who has Down Syndrome?

Nope, actually, as long as they are legally able to consent for themselves. And there's a good chance the kid will come out "normal", so to speak.

WhippingBoy: durbnpoisn: I've seen people switch tables in restaraunts to avoid my kids, and they are even special needs. My kids are actually very polite and well behaved.

Some people just cannot tolerate young people.

What's wrong with that? As long as the restaurant is able to accomodate them in a reasonable manner, I see no problem with this.

There's a difference in asking to move to another table, and going on a diatribe about how 'tards should be kept in the basement. One is polite, the other's being a total douche.


I was responding to the poster, not the original post. durbnpoisn seemed offended that some people didn't want to sit by her kids. Who farking cares?
 
2013-01-18 02:51:32 PM  

WhippingBoy: DoBeDoBeDo: A little boy did a double take on him as he passed and his mom tells him "don't pay attention to him, he's 'special'"

So I looked at the boy and said "that's right, your mom thinks my kid is special, and apparently doesn't think the same of you!"

She gave me a very bad stink eye and walked off.

No offense, but you're a jerk.


I hate to say "this" but this.

That farker really showed that "little kid" who was the boss!
 
2013-01-18 02:52:49 PM  
Leaving in a huff, the Upsidedowns family vowed to open their own chain of Mongolian BBQ restaurants.
i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2013-01-18 02:52:53 PM  

doczoidberg: Is it illegal to have sex with someone who has Down Syndrome?


It's illegal NOT to.
 
2013-01-18 02:53:54 PM  

kindms:
You want us to believe the above but then say a small child did a double take when passing your child ? and the mother was able to recognize your child had special needs but he doesn't look it at all ?


Believe what you want. I'm guessing the kid did the double take/curious look because my son was humming to himself. Either way the kid was, again, more curious but the mom went to full jerk mode. So, yeah I reciprocated.
 
2013-01-18 02:56:04 PM  
Waiter to the woman: "What would you like tonight?"
Woman:"Prime Rib, medium rare and a baked potato."
Waiter: "And the vegetable?"
Woman "Oh, he'll have the same thing."
 
2013-01-18 02:56:21 PM  

TV's Vinnie: [www.metalsucks.net image 250x200]
Was once at a restaurant where they brought in their potato-counter with them of around 15 years of age. This.......thing wasn't like your average Downsy-but-still-normal-enough type of Corky. This one was of the Tard Elite. Hockey helmet, smells of indescribable origin, shrieking like a banshee between bursts of vomiting & pissing himself, etc. It was like every foul odor known to Man was reeking from this bloated carcass.

I've watched Peter Jackson's "Bad taste" while gobbling down a bowl of pistachio pudding on a dare, I could eat peanut butter while seeing "2 Girls 1 Cup", but this was too much to stomach. The beast cleared the whole joint with 20 minutes from it's nonstop fits of yowling, reeking, and spewing/oozing as many vile substances as possible in great distances, painting the walls and ceiling with his fluids.

Never again. If this ever happens once more in my lifetime, I am quickly going to stop everything right there at the table even if all I had was one bite, rush to pay my receipt, and GTFO before the show starts.


CSB: I was in the checkout line at Wal-Mart, stocking up on toilet paper and booze. Just as I get to the cashier, two older people walk through the entrance pushing a grown adult in a wheelchair, who is absolutely going out of his mind. Shrieking. Long, drawn out, "i'm legitimately being killed", piercing screams. I immediately shut down all eye contact and speech, and start to bite my tongue because I want to laugh. The guy getting his bags in front of me just takes off running holding his hand over his face. I look up at the cashier, and she asks me, deadpan but strained, "debit or credit?"

And as I start to say "credit", I lose it. In front of the parents of the handicapped guy. Tears streaming down my face, laughing my ass off, as this guy continues shrieking like a howler monkey. The clerk starts laughing, too, and turns around so the parents can't see it. I paid, got my bags, and ran out of the store giggling like the fool I am.

Wasn't that cool of a story. You'd have to have been there to appreciate it. Don't read any of this. Too late.
 
2013-01-18 02:56:48 PM  
"Let me tell you something else. I've seen a lot of spinals, Dude, and this guy is a fake. A farking goldbricker."

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-18 02:56:52 PM  
A disruptive kid is a disruptive kid regardless of mental abilities. Parents should realize this and take responsibility. Some people don't do well in certain situations; like an infant at the 10 pm showing of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or the drunk who screams at the bartender that he's not drunk and refuses to leave.
 
2013-01-18 02:57:23 PM  

halfof33: WhippingBoy: DoBeDoBeDo: A little boy did a double take on him as he passed and his mom tells him "don't pay attention to him, he's 'special'"

So I looked at the boy and said "that's right, your mom thinks my kid is special, and apparently doesn't think the same of you!"

She gave me a very bad stink eye and walked off.

No offense, but you're a jerk.

I hate to say "this" but this.

That farker really showed that "little kid" who was the boss!


Highly unlikely that this actually happened. If you've really got a special needs child, other people's opinions are very very low on the old priority scale.
 
2013-01-18 02:59:13 PM  
I love a good tard thread. This is making my afternoon fly by and this is definately not a bookmark for when I get home
 
2013-01-18 02:59:44 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: kindms:
You want us to believe the above but then say a small child did a double take when passing your child ? and the mother was able to recognize your child had special needs but he doesn't look it at all ?

Believe what you want. I'm guessing the kid did the double take/curious look because my son was humming to himself. Either way the kid was, again, more curious but the mom went to full jerk mode. So, yeah I reciprocated.


No actually, she didn't and you were totally farking out of line for talking to her kid, and in particular saying that the kid's mom didn't think the kid was "special."
 
2013-01-18 03:00:05 PM  

Tunacrab: I believe it, and here's why: people being waited on feel an entitlement for some reason... like the table is "theirs" and the waiter is in "their area.".


Almost like they're paying for the privilege of being served at your place of employment.

IMO, you are purpose-bound to accomodate any reasonable request made by a customer. It's your god damned raison d'etere.

If I don;t want to sit near a blustering drunk douchebag trying desperately to get laid, or some clucking farking hens, or noisy goddamned kids, I should be able to request another table.
If none are a vailable, fine. Your little seating chart, which is for your convenience, not mine, is not a farking factor.
 
2013-01-18 03:00:07 PM  
If you sit at a chain restaurant, no matter what kind of chain restaurant, you are consenting to sit amongst The Masses. That includes people with all manner of children.

You want fancy, go to Masa's or Chez Panisse.
 
2013-01-18 03:00:18 PM  

doczoidberg: Is it illegal to have sex with someone who has Down Syndrome?


img851.imageshack.us
 
2013-01-18 03:00:46 PM  

doczoidberg: Is it illegal to have sex with someone who has Down Syndrome?


You're good as long as you got it too.

img2-2.timeinc.net
 
2013-01-18 03:01:38 PM  

halfof33: DoBeDoBeDo: kindms:
You want us to believe the above but then say a small child did a double take when passing your child ? and the mother was able to recognize your child had special needs but he doesn't look it at all ?

Believe what you want. I'm guessing the kid did the double take/curious look because my son was humming to himself. Either way the kid was, again, more curious but the mom went to full jerk mode. So, yeah I reciprocated.

No actually, she didn't and you were totally farking out of line for talking to her kid, and in particular saying that the kid's mom didn't think the kid was "special."


I swear, if I hear someone describe their kid as "special" one more time (whether or not that kid is "normal", downy, aspie, or just plain farked up), I'm going to blatz!!!
 
2013-01-18 03:01:45 PM  
TV's Vinnie:  I could eat peanut butter while seeing "2 Girls 1 Cup",

Youtube or it didn't happen.
 
2013-01-18 03:02:18 PM  

Contents Under Pressure: If you sit at a chain restaurant, no matter what kind of chain restaurant, you are consenting to sit amongst The Masses. That includes people with all manner of children.

You want fancy, go to Masa's or Chez Panisse.


I'll stick to Chez Luis, thanks. Amazing pancreas dish.
 
2013-01-18 03:03:10 PM  

WhippingBoy: Highly unlikely that this actually happened. If you've really got a special needs child, other people's opinions are very very low on the old priority scale.


Yeah probably. Plus, half the time if someone said that, the other person would drop their dick in the dirt.
 
2013-01-18 03:03:41 PM  

loki see loki do: If I don;t want to sit near a blustering drunk douchebag trying desperately to get laid, or some clucking farking hens, or noisy goddamned kids, I should be able to request another table.


That's exactly it. I don't care if people ask to move to a different table because they're too close to me and my kids, because I want the same option if I'm ever seated close to a table of dumpy, cackling, 40-something "professional" women.
 
2013-01-18 03:04:10 PM  
Children who have special needs can sometimes make a scene in public. It can be irritating to others nearby. Imagine, though, that it's your kid. Imagine the struggle of having to deal with that everywhere you ever go. Not wanting to keep your child a recluse, but always worrying that your child will act out or have a tantrum.

Cut the parents a break and just f'ing ignore the kid, people.
 
2013-01-18 03:04:21 PM  

WhippingBoy: halfof33: DoBeDoBeDo: kindms:
You want us to believe the above but then say a small child did a double take when passing your child ? and the mother was able to recognize your child had special needs but he doesn't look it at all ?

Believe what you want. I'm guessing the kid did the double take/curious look because my son was humming to himself. Either way the kid was, again, more curious but the mom went to full jerk mode. So, yeah I reciprocated.

No actually, she didn't and you were totally farking out of line for talking to her kid, and in particular saying that the kid's mom didn't think the kid was "special."

I swear, if I hear someone describe their kid as "special" one more time (whether or not that kid is "normal", downy, aspie, or just plain farked up), I'm going to blatz!!!


What did I do?
 
2013-01-18 03:04:52 PM  

topcon: Contents Under Pressure: If you sit at a chain restaurant, no matter what kind of chain restaurant, you are consenting to sit amongst The Masses. That includes people with all manner of children.

You want fancy, go to Masa's or Chez Panisse.

I'll stick to Chez Luis, thanks. Amazing pancreas dish.


Don't be too sure about being able to avoid the proles by going to classier joints.

thefoodinista.files.wordpress.com

"Come, Elwood, let us adjourn ourselves to the nearest table!"
 
2013-01-18 03:05:13 PM  

WhippingBoy: I swear, if I hear someone describe their kid as "special" one more time (whether or not that kid is "normal", downy, aspie, or just plain farked up), I'm going to blatz!!!


Don't watch football, then.

Everybody is a "special talent."

/i think you are special.
 
2013-01-18 03:05:34 PM  

thisone: durbnpoisn: I've seen people switch tables in restaraunts to avoid my kids, and they are even special needs. My kids are actually very polite and well behaved.

Some people just cannot tolerate young people.

all kids are polite and well behaved until viewed through the eyes of complete strangers.


That's why we grab other peoples kids from the park to keep perspective through the meal.
 
2013-01-18 03:05:50 PM  

doczoidberg: Is it illegal to have sex with someone who has Down Syndrome?


christ i hope not, or the 3 women i've slept with are in trouble.
 
2013-01-18 03:06:10 PM  

The Muthaship: Uranus Is Huge!: So far this thread has taught me that it's a far greater crime to joke about adulterating someone's food, than to ridicule handicapped children.

You know where else you could've learned that?

The criminal code of your state.


You sound like a blast. We should party together sometime.
 
2013-01-18 03:07:48 PM  

The Muthaship: Uranus Is Huge!: So far this thread has taught me that it's a far greater crime to joke about adulterating someone's food, than to ridicule handicapped children.

You know where else you could've learned that?

The criminal code of your state.


Also, I am POSITIVE that there is no law against joking about adulterating someone's food.
 
2013-01-18 03:07:50 PM  
Well, at least it was in the tarded section. I ask for tables in the non-tarded section, but it fills up so fast these days,

Pretty soon all restaurants will be non-tarded.
 
2013-01-18 03:10:04 PM  
This is a cool story. Also, shanrick is cool for the month of TotalFarkiness. Thanks, shanrick!

/CSB
 
2013-01-18 03:10:31 PM  
There sure are a lot of bullshiat stories from people here trying to justify their dislike or hatred of less fortunate people. It sure would be a shame if you suffered a severe head injury causing you to have to learn how count to potao also.
 
2013-01-18 03:10:35 PM  
On behalf of everyone in the thread who has a special needs child I'd like to offer a big "fark yooooou" to all of the clowns who think making fun of the disabled is funny. Yeah, I get it. You're a pussy in the real world who never can gather the balls to say what you think so you use the anonymity of the internet to put on a fake George Carlin impression. But, I'm just here to tell you that the shiat is weak. The folks who are here laughing with you have the same inferiority issues that you have so they're also here seeking validation by grabbing at the low hanging fruit. Most of them are losers just like you. If you all could see one another, you'd be embarrassed by the company that you keep. No, I don't have a special needs child. By GODs grace, my children are healthy. I just thought this would be a good time to remind you cowards that you're nothing like the person that you try to be on the internet. And that may be good because your internet persona is stupid, too. Please don't take this as the angry rant of some PC guy. I'm not not angry at you, I pity you.
 
2013-01-18 03:11:52 PM  

blatz514:
What did I do?


Now THAT'S funny.
 
2013-01-18 03:13:00 PM  

WhippingBoy: BronyMedic: doczoidberg: Is it illegal to have sex with someone who has Down Syndrome?

Nope, actually, as long as they are legally able to consent for themselves. And there's a good chance the kid will come out "normal", so to speak.

WhippingBoy: durbnpoisn: I've seen people switch tables in restaraunts to avoid my kids, and they are even special needs. My kids are actually very polite and well behaved.

Some people just cannot tolerate young people.

What's wrong with that? As long as the restaurant is able to accomodate them in a reasonable manner, I see no problem with this.

There's a difference in asking to move to another table, and going on a diatribe about how 'tards should be kept in the basement. One is polite, the other's being a total douche.

I was responding to the poster, not the original post. durbnpoisn seemed offended that some people didn't want to sit by her kids. Who farking cares?



First of all, I'm a dude.
Secondly... I didn't mean to imply that I was offended by people moving. I was just pointing out that it happens quite frequently. And I seriously cannot take offense to someone wanting to move away. I'm confused by their lack of tolerance, but that's about it.
 
2013-01-18 03:13:04 PM  

ashinmytomatoes: CapeFearCadaver: I think one of the best parts about a steak dinner (besides the flesh) is the potato. I love the potato. Smothered in sour cream and butter, bit of cheddar and Oh! maybe a couple of bacon pieces.... potatoes.

/potato

Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew...


24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-18 03:15:25 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: On behalf of everyone in the thread who has a special needs child I'd like to offer a big "fark yooooou" to all of the clowns who think making fun of the disabled is funny. Yeah, I get it. You're a pussy in the real world who never can gather the balls to say what you think so you use the anonymity of the internet to put on a fake George Carlin impression. But, I'm just here to tell you that the shiat is weak. The folks who are here laughing with you have the same inferiority issues that you have so they're also here seeking validation by grabbing at the low hanging fruit. Most of them are losers just like you. If you all could see one another, you'd be embarrassed by the company that you keep. No, I don't have a special needs child. By GODs grace, my children are healthy. I just thought this would be a good time to remind you cowards that you're nothing like the person that you try to be on the internet. And that may be good because your internet persona is stupid, too. Please don't take this as the angry rant of some PC guy. I'm not not angry at you, I pity you.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-18 03:16:38 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: So I looked at the boy and said "that's right, your mom thinks my kid is special, and apparently doesn't think the same of you!"


Yeah, I'm not sure saying something mean and upsetting to a child was the right way to "get back" at the mother.

The little boy didn't do anything besides look. Something's very wrong when children become the target of retaliation in a feud between adults.
 
2013-01-18 03:18:35 PM  

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: What's the matter with you, anyway?


I have Down Syndrome. Please ask to be moved to another thread.
 
2013-01-18 03:19:13 PM  

ProfessorOhki: serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

I believe the part where the waiter told the family how he'd heroically stood up for them.


You know, you have a point...

What if instead, it was the *waiter* who said something offensive about the special needs kid? He was probably doing extra work, maybe had to clean up a spilled drink or two and then the family asked to be moved to another table.

He thought they were pissed too, and said some offensive comment to which they were appalled at. Not wanting to embarrass or upset the special needs family any further, they left without speaking to the manager.

The waiter, worried about losing his job, is smart enough to realize that they will eventually call back, so he concocts the same story, but replaces the customer as being the jerk in it. -That way if they *do* call in, they sound like they are just lying to get a free meal.

In the meantime, he gets a larger tip from this table and has an excuse for why he shouldn't have to pay for the meal of the family that just left.

***or*** it's just a marketing scheme that the restaurant cooked up to get more visitors.

Usually it's the simplest one... I'm thinking marketing scheme.
 
2013-01-18 03:19:39 PM  
She says she learned this family had told the waiter that "Special needs kids should be kept in special places." At that point, the waiter apparently told the customers that he was offended and would not serve them.

/Pretty cool, i would double tip that person for standing up to asshole customers. Should have gotten the manager and had them ejected from the establishment and told never to come back. I would love to work at a place where you could get away with this. Power to the worker, fark the hater family.
 
2013-01-18 03:19:58 PM  
The normal people at the other table would not have had a problem unless this challenged kid was doing something extremely offensive.

We need legislation that would allow the restaurant management to easily deal with problems like this.
 
2013-01-18 03:20:36 PM  

durbnpoisn: Secondly... I didn't mean to imply that I was offended by people moving. I was just pointing out that it happens quite frequently. And I seriously cannot take offense to someone wanting to move away. I'm confused by their lack of tolerance, but that's about it.


Some of us just don't like kids, and especially, the sounds they make. When out, we realize we will encounter them, but try to avoid them as much as possible.  You need to understand that people like me aren't going to "family" restaurants and complaining there are families there. That's just stupid and poor planning. But if I'm sitting down to a nice meal and a couple of glasses of wine, damned straight I don't want to hear a kid cry or whine or make noise or play or any of that.  You're more tolerant of it because you're used to it. To those of us never around kids, their sounds are worse nails on a chalkboard and are not cute or endearing.  The fact that people can't understand that confuses me.
 
2013-01-18 03:21:06 PM  

I Like Shiny Things: The normal people at the other table would not have had a problem unless this challenged kid was doing something extremely offensive.

We need legislation that would allow the restaurant management to easily deal with problems like this.


This is one problem I'm okay with letting the free market handle.
 
2013-01-18 03:21:29 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: On behalf of everyone in the thread who has a special needs child I'd like to offer a big "fark yooooou" to all of the clowns who think making fun of the disabled is funny. Yeah, I get it. You're a pussy in the real world who never can gather the balls to say what you think so you use the anonymity of the internet to put on a fake George Carlin impression. But, I'm just here to tell you that the shiat is weak. The folks who are here laughing with you have the same inferiority issues that you have so they're also here seeking validation by grabbing at the low hanging fruit. Most of them are losers just like you. If you all could see one another, you'd be embarrassed by the company that you keep. No, I don't have a special needs child. By GODs grace, my children are healthy. I just thought this would be a good time to remind you cowards that you're nothing like the person that you try to be on the internet. And that may be good because your internet persona is stupid, too. Please don't take this as the angry rant of some PC guy. I'm not not angry at you, I pity you.


But if you had a kid with Downs....would you please name him "Hawk"?
 
2013-01-18 03:21:31 PM  

blatz514: "Thank you to the waiter for standing up for those who can't! job well done!"

I thought downys had super strength or something.


No normal strengh with single minded will.
 
2013-01-18 03:21:58 PM  

Orgasmatron138: Children who have special needs can sometimes make a scene in public. It can be irritating to others nearby. Imagine, though, that it's your kid. Imagine the struggle of having to deal with that everywhere you ever go. Not wanting to keep your child a recluse, but always worrying that your child will act out or have a tantrum.

Cut the parents a break and just f'ing ignore the kid, people.


I get that parents need to acclimate their children to the real world, particularly special needs kids. But if your kid is throwing a tantrum, special needs or not, the fact is, is that other people are paying to sit there and your kid is farking up their night by yelling or whatever. Get the kid out of there, period. Have some empathy for other people.
 
2013-01-18 03:22:22 PM  
slightly off the point here
but it made me think

when...in the life of said offspring/inherited family member
can you end the existance of the screaming, miserable poop machine
and move on
 
2013-01-18 03:22:38 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


Some people find it unappetizing to be around a person with any disability. It is sad, you know.

I marvel

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: WinoRhino: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Agreed. I asked to be moved once because the special needs kid was throwing a non-stop screaming hissy fit and throwing food at other diners. At one point, he swept everything off the table (dishes and all) onto the floor in a fit of rage.

I'm going to call bullshiat on your story. You're suggesting that the parents and the restaurant simply sighed and let that happen, huh? And you graciously did as well, only asking to be moved, huh? Nope. Never happened.

I never said anything about parents. He was with a caregiver who was clearly ill-equipped to handle having him out at a restaurant. What would you rather have me do? Go over to the table and tell them to "shut their kid up"? What's the matter with you, anyway? Simply asking to be moved to another table is a reasonable and adult response.


I agree, this is the appropriate thing to do. Even parents can have a lapse in judgement, thinking their sped child can handle a situation that they really can't.

I'm a nervous wreck whenever I'm in public with my son. You can't really stop a meltdown of a 5ft, 140lb kid with the intellect/communication skills of a 2yr old. Parents/caregivers have to wait it out and apologize profusely to those around you.
 
2013-01-18 03:22:42 PM  

Diogenes: Ed Finnerty: On second thought, I will have the special needs kid. With hollandaise sauce on the side.

I like the end cut.


What about the tip? Just leave that for the server?
 
2013-01-18 03:26:27 PM  

another cultural observer:
But if you had a kid with Downs....would you please name him "Hawk"?



* snort *
 
2013-01-18 03:28:18 PM  

Gabrielmot: ProfessorOhki: serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

I believe the part where the waiter told the family how he'd heroically stood up for them.

You know, you have a point...

What if instead, it was the *waiter* who said something offensive about the special needs kid? He was probably doing extra work, maybe had to clean up a spilled drink or two and then the family asked to be moved to another table.

He thought they were pissed too, and said some offensive comment to which they were appalled at. Not wanting to embarrass or upset the special needs family any further, they left without speaking to the manager.

The waiter, worried about losing his job, is smart enough to realize that they will eventually call back, so he concocts the same story, but replaces the customer as being the jerk in it. -That way if they *do* call in, they sound like they are just lying to get a free meal.

In the meantime, he gets a larger tip from this table and has an excuse for why he shouldn't have to pay for the meal of the family that just left.

***or*** it's just a marketing scheme that the restaurant cooked up to get more visitors.

Usually it's the simplest one... I'm thinking marketing scheme.


Simpler still: the other family did leave because they didn't want to be there; the waiter, who said nothing, just took credit to get a better tip.
 
2013-01-18 03:28:50 PM  
i45.tinypic.com
RRRREEEEETARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRDSSSSSSS!!!!
 
2013-01-18 03:29:30 PM  
I'd like a prime rib, hold the special needs kid.

You want me to hold the special needs kid?

I want you to hold him between your knees.


/nah, doesn't work.
//even in the Jack Nicholson voice.
 
2013-01-18 03:29:50 PM  
FTFA: Special needs kids should be kept in special places

I agree when were talking about schools or porn, but restaurants?
 
2013-01-18 03:30:55 PM  

blatz514: "Thank you to the waiter for standing up for those who can't! job well done!"

I thought downys had super strength or something.


No, that's just an urban myth. Though from the way they cuss and twitch you'd think they'd be a lot tougher than they are.

Also, autistic kids don't have super mental powers like in the movies. My nephew kept beating up this autistic kid in his class who he was passing his homework off to, and the autistic kid kept getting it all wrong. I had to have this long talk with my nephew about how "Asperger's" is just a polite term for "retard", like they call leprosy "Hansen's disease" now.

The more you know...
 
2013-01-18 03:32:11 PM  

Fear the Clam: Fark Rye For Many Whores: THE INTERNET REALLY RUSTLED RUFFLED
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MY POTATOES

I recognize Kelly Osbourne, but who's the old lady?


Either Suze Orman
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or Kate Gosselin
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2013-01-18 03:32:30 PM  

ProfessorOhki:
Simpler still: the other family did leave because they didn't want to be there; the waiter, who said nothing, just took credit to get a better tip.


I can go simplererer: People like to make up stories. Especially drama queens with special needs children.
 
2013-01-18 03:32:57 PM  
I guess we know what the special of the day was.
 
2013-01-18 03:34:26 PM  

serpent_sky: durbnpoisn: Secondly... I didn't mean to imply that I was offended by people moving. I was just pointing out that it happens quite frequently. And I seriously cannot take offense to someone wanting to move away. I'm confused by their lack of tolerance, but that's about it.

Some of us just don't like kids, and especially, the sounds they make. When out, we realize we will encounter them, but try to avoid them as much as possible.  You need to understand that people like me aren't going to "family" restaurants and complaining there are families there. That's just stupid and poor planning. But if I'm sitting down to a nice meal and a couple of glasses of wine, damned straight I don't want to hear a kid cry or whine or make noise or play or any of that.  You're more tolerant of it because you're used to it. To those of us never around kids, their sounds are worse nails on a chalkboard and are not cute or endearing.  The fact that people can't understand that confuses me.


You know, call me crazy, but you were one of those kids once.
 
2013-01-18 03:35:10 PM  
If a group of adults ask to be seated away from a table with children, don't automatically think they are doing it because of the children's possible behaviour. I have been with girlfriends at dinner where we get laughing and discussing child-inappropriate topics and we wouldn't want little ears to hear our very adult topics. It's not always a negative thing, parents, sometimes it's a courtesy to your family.
 
2013-01-18 03:35:57 PM  

MaritimeGirl: If a group of adults ask to be seated away from a table with children, don't automatically think they are doing it because of the children's possible behaviour. I have been with girlfriends at dinner where we get laughing and discussing child-inappropriate topics and we wouldn't want little ears to hear our very adult topics. It's not always a negative thing, parents, sometimes it's a courtesy to your family.


Absolutely true.
 
2013-01-18 03:37:50 PM  

oh_please: Orgasmatron138: Children who have special needs can sometimes make a scene in public. It can be irritating to others nearby. Imagine, though, that it's your kid. Imagine the struggle of having to deal with that everywhere you ever go. Not wanting to keep your child a recluse, but always worrying that your child will act out or have a tantrum.

Cut the parents a break and just f'ing ignore the kid, people.

I get that parents need to acclimate their children to the real world, particularly special needs kids. But if your kid is throwing a tantrum, special needs or not, the fact is, is that other people are paying to sit there and your kid is farking up their night by yelling or whatever. Get the kid out of there, period. Have some empathy for other people.


My  kids behave in a restaurant, or they get to sit in the car while the rest of us enjoy our meal. That's the threat, at least, I've never had to actually follow through on it.

The secret to having your kids behave? Talk to them. Make them involved in the process. One of my girls tries to find the perfect dishes to "split" with me on the menu. The other loves to find really unusual things to try. When she was 5, she was perusing the menu at a Greek seafood restaurant and asked the waitress if she could "please have the steamed clams with a side of roasted potatoes." We don't allow electronics, books, or phones at the table. Dinner is time for family.
 
2013-01-18 03:40:22 PM  

ZeroPly: I had to have this long talk with my nephew about how "Asperger's" is just a polite term for "retard", like they call leprosy "Hansen's disease" now.


Actually, no.

"Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger's syndrome or Asperger disorder, is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and atypical (peculiar, odd) use of language are frequently reported"
 
2013-01-18 03:41:57 PM  
I applaud this waiter. and his employer for backing him.
 
2013-01-18 03:44:00 PM  

MaritimeGirl: If a group of adults ask to be seated away from a table with children, don't automatically think they are doing it because of the children's possible behaviour. I have been with girlfriends at dinner where we get laughing and discussing child-inappropriate topics and we wouldn't want little ears to hear our very adult topics. It's not always a negative thing, parents, sometimes it's a courtesy to your family.


Guess what? Most adults don't want to hear your cackling laughter and "very adult topics" when they're trying to enjoy dinner. If really want to be courteous, stay at home. Or if you do go out, try to conduct yourselves with a modicum of class and decorum.

/just sayin'
 
2013-01-18 03:44:12 PM  

kindms: DoBeDoBeDo: serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

Sorry, I have a son who is autisitic (non-verbal). Other than his inability to speak and some slow developed social skills, just looking at him you can't tell. Last week in Target he was walking through the toy aisles and I was following him, he was doing his normal low level hum that keeps him happy and kind of sounds like he's humming a song. A little boy did a double take on him as he passed and his mom tells him "don't pay attention to him, he's 'special'"

So I looked at the boy and said "that's right, your mom thinks my kid is special, and apparently doesn't think the same of you!"

She gave me a very bad stink eye and walked off.

Some people have no farking courtesy and ALWAYS assume the worst. I've waited tables on people that you could just tell from the time they sat down that NOTHING was going to be right, no matter how good the service, food, drinks, etc. It's a superiority thing.

You want us to believe the above but then say a small child did a double take when passing your child ? and the mother was able to recognize your child had special needs but he doesn't look it at all ?


Frankly, the leash was a dead give away.
 
2013-01-18 03:44:29 PM  

kindms: DoBeDoBeDo: serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

Sorry, I have a son who is autisitic (non-verbal). Other than his inability to speak and some slow developed social skills, just looking at him you can't tell. Last week in Target he was walking through the toy aisles and I was following him, he was doing his normal low level hum that keeps him happy and kind of sounds like he's humming a song. A little boy did a double take on him as he passed and his mom tells him "don't pay attention to him, he's 'special'"

So I looked at the boy and said "that's right, your mom thinks my kid is special, and apparently doesn't think the same of you!"

She gave me a very bad stink eye and walked off.

Some people have no farking courtesy and ALWAYS assume the worst. I've waited tables on people that you could just tell from the time they sat down that NOTHING was going to be right, no matter how good the service, food, drinks, etc. It's a superiority thing.

You want us to believe the above but then say a small child did a double take when passing your child ? and the mother was able to recognize your child had special needs but he doesn't look it at all ?


Kids seem to know immediately that my son has a lower developmental age, possibly from the awkward way he carries himself, blank expression, tics, vocalizations or maybe the language I use to talk to him, Very simple. Language for a toy aisle for example might be: "Do you like that?" "Do you see Thomas?" The toys would be below age level. A child can be non-verbal, look normal physically yet still gives tells to his/her disability.
 
2013-01-18 03:47:13 PM  

Snowflake Tubbybottom: kindms: DoBeDoBeDo: serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

Sorry, I have a son who is autisitic (non-verbal). Other than his inability to speak and some slow developed social skills, just looking at him you can't tell. Last week in Target he was walking through the toy aisles and I was following him, he was doing his normal low level hum that keeps him happy and kind of sounds like he's humming a song. A little boy did a double take on him as he passed and his mom tells him "don't pay attention to him, he's 'special'"

So I looked at the boy and said "that's right, your mom thinks my kid is special, and apparently doesn't think the same of you!"

She gave me a very bad stink eye and walked off.

Some people have no farking courtesy and ALWAYS assume the worst. I've waited tables on people that you could just tell from the time they sat down that NOTHING was going to be right, no matter how good the service, food, drinks, etc. It's a superiority thing.

You want us to believe the above but then say a small child did a double take when passing your child ? and the mother was able to recognize your child had special needs but he doesn't look it at all ?

Frankly, the leash was a dead give away.


*snert*
 
2013-01-18 03:47:31 PM  

moonscatter: The secret to having your kids behave? Talk to them. Make them involved in the process.


No, that's the secret to having your kids behave. My kids are different; please take your sanctimonious "advice" and cram it with walnuts.
 
2013-01-18 03:47:35 PM  

durbnpoisn: I've seen people switch tables in restaraunts to avoid my kids, and they are even special needs. My kids are actually very polite and well behaved.

Some people just cannot tolerate young people.


My parole dictates i stay a certain distance away from children
 
2013-01-18 03:48:05 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


The only time I ever notice mentally handicapped people in public is if they're walking all weird (the eye is naturally drawn to people with unusual gaits) or if they're making some kind of disturbance. I'm not buying that these people just happened to notice a well behaved mentally handicapped person and biatched about it...it's POSSIBLE sure, but to me the most likely answer is that some kind of disturbance was happening. Of course I'd gladly tolerate all the tards and speds (pardon my language) raising hell everywhere I go if I just didn't have to deal with children raising hell. At least the tards and speds have an excuse, the kids were usually just poorly parented.
 
2013-01-18 03:49:09 PM  

doubled99: WhippingBoy

I have two special needs kids. One thing that you quickly develop is a thick skin; I tend to not care what anyone thinks (within reason) anymore.

Maybe you should stop farking your sister


OMG
 
2013-01-18 03:51:26 PM  

WhippingBoy: moonscatter: The secret to having your kids behave? Talk to them. Make them involved in the process.

No, that's the secret to having your kids behave. My kids are different; please take your sanctimonious "advice" and cram it with walnuts.


You need a hug? You seem to be in a really shiatty mood today.
 
2013-01-18 03:51:26 PM  

serpent_sky: durbnpoisn: Secondly... I didn't mean to imply that I was offended by people moving. I was just pointing out that it happens quite frequently. And I seriously cannot take offense to someone wanting to move away. I'm confused by their lack of tolerance, but that's about it.

Some of us just don't like kids, and especially, the sounds they make. When out, we realize we will encounter them, but try to avoid them as much as possible.  You need to understand that people like me aren't going to "family" restaurants and complaining there are families there. That's just stupid and poor planning. But if I'm sitting down to a nice meal and a couple of glasses of wine, damned straight I don't want to hear a kid cry or whine or make noise or play or any of that.  You're more tolerant of it because you're used to it. To those of us never around kids, their sounds are worse nails on a chalkboard and are not cute or endearing.  The fact that people can't understand that confuses me.


That earns you a green highlight in my book. You know, because I'm sure you'd really care about that.

/all to avoid saying 'this'
 
2013-01-18 03:54:19 PM  

Ed Finnerty: On second thought, I will have the special needs kid. With hollandaise sauce on the side.


Barbaric animal!

Everyone knows they go better with a Bearnaise sauce. That tarragon really makes it!
 
2013-01-18 03:54:20 PM  
Was it one of those loud and obnoxious tards? If so, I totally understand not wanting to sit near it.
 
2013-01-18 03:56:16 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


Apparently you've never served. I don't recommend you start.
Some fine individuals let their inner asshole come out when seated for meals. It's astounding.
Do I worry about making enough money to pay my bills? Some. I worry mostly about the need to return to bartending to pay those bills.
 
2013-01-18 03:57:17 PM  

th0rr: Ed Finnerty: On second thought, I will have the special needs kid. With hollandaise sauce on the side.

Barbaric animal!

Everyone knows they go better with a Bearnaise sauce. That tarragon really makes it!


external.ak.fbcdn.net

Bearnaise prefers scallions in his sauce.
 
2013-01-18 03:59:22 PM  
waiters < retarded children
 
2013-01-18 04:02:06 PM  
consumermediallc.files.wordpress.com

WTF?
 
2013-01-18 04:02:07 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


Some people simply don't like the sight of the retarded. Their looks bother them.
 
2013-01-18 04:04:08 PM  

Madame Ovary: kindms: DoBeDoBeDo: serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

Sorry, I have a son who is autisitic (non-verbal). Other than his inability to speak and some slow developed social skills, just looking at him you can't tell. Last week in Target he was walking through the toy aisles and I was following him, he was doing his normal low level hum that keeps him happy and kind of sounds like he's humming a song. A little boy did a double take on him as he passed and his mom tells him "don't pay attention to him, he's 'special'"

So I looked at the boy and said "that's right, your mom thinks my kid is special, and apparently doesn't think the same of you!"

She gave me a very bad stink eye and walked off.

Some people have no farking courtesy and ALWAYS assume the worst. I've waited tables on people that you could just tell from the time they sat down that NOTHING was going to be right, no matter how good the service, food, drinks, etc. It's a superiority thing.

You want us to believe the above but then say a small child did a double take when passing your child ? and the mother was able to recognize your child had special needs but he doesn't look it at all ?

Kids seem to know immediately that my son has a lower developmental age, possibly from the awkward way he carrie ...


I totally get what you are saying but that is NOT "other than humming looks totally normal and wouldn't be able to tell"
 
2013-01-18 04:07:36 PM  

Orgasmatron138: Children who have special needs can sometimes make a scene in public. It can be irritating to others nearby. Imagine, though, that it's your kid. Imagine the struggle of having to deal with that everywhere you ever go. Not wanting to keep your child a recluse, but always worrying that your child will act out or have a tantrum.

Cut the parents a break and just f'ing ignore the kid, people.


If you can't control your kid, special needs or no, hire a babysitter or stay home. This didn't happen at Wal-Mart or on the street, it happened in a restaurant where there are certain expectations. I don't want to listen to your crotchfruit shrieking when I go out to dinner. You enjoying a nice night out is not more important than me enjoying a nice night out.

Unlike the people in TFA who just left without making a scene, I would try to salvage my evening by creating a fun story about how I ruined yours. Get a babysitter or stay home.
 
2013-01-18 04:09:00 PM  
That web page could use a better background. TFA is damn near unreadable.

consumermediallc.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-01-18 04:10:40 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


I believe it. When my 3 kids were very young we went to a restaurant, nothing fancy just a chain, and were seated next to this old guy who was just served his food. My kids were very well behaved and not fussing. Not even 2 minutes goes by and he starts on this heavy sighing kick. We just ignore him and keep discussing the menu with the kids. He calls a waitress over and asks for the bill. Mind you he's only had about 4 bites. She looks surprised asking him if everything is ok. He just says he would like the bill. She give it to him and he as he is walking out he then stops at our table and no shiat just stands there an stares. For about a full 30 secs. I just stared back. The he just walked out. Never said a word. The waitress then comes over to apologize saying she has no idea what that was about. We blew it off and enjoyed our meal.

Creepy bastard too. Dressed all in black with a big ole' silver necklace worn on the outside. A very bad black rug on his head upon which a black baseball cap perched. Very weird.

/CSB
//Holy shiat! It just hit me!
/// I think we interrupted Deaths meal!
 
2013-01-18 04:10:48 PM  

WhippingBoy: moonscatter: The secret to having your kids behave? Talk to them. Make them involved in the process.

No, that's the secret to having your kids behave. My kids are different; please take your sanctimonious "advice" and cram it with walnuts.


I'm sorry you took it that way. I meant it nicely. Kids get frustrated and try and attract attention when they get bored, which is what usually annoys other people. I just find actually talking to my kids to head that off. I never said, nor meant to imply that my way was the only way.
 
2013-01-18 04:11:30 PM  
this place has everything: cholos, puke people, a sheepdog that looks like Bruce Vilanch, and an entire room of puppets doing karate
 
2013-01-18 04:12:20 PM  
Aren't table manners fun?
 
2013-01-18 04:12:43 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: On behalf of everyone in the thread who has a special needs child I'd like to offer a big "fark yooooou" to all of the clowns who think making fun of the disabled is funny. Yeah, I get it. You're a pussy in the real world who never can gather the balls to say what you think so you use the anonymity of the internet to put on a fake George Carlin impression. But, I'm just here to tell you that the shiat is weak. The folks who are here laughing with you have the same inferiority issues that you have so they're also here seeking validation by grabbing at the low hanging fruit. Most of them are losers just like you. If you all could see one another, you'd be embarrassed by the company that you keep. No, I don't have a special needs child. By GODs grace, my children are healthy. I just thought this would be a good time to remind you cowards that you're nothing like the person that you try to be on the internet. And that may be good because your internet persona is stupid, too. Please don't take this as the angry rant of some PC guy. I'm not not angry at you, I pity you.


I actually agree with something Dro posted. Is this the end of days?
 
2013-01-18 04:14:22 PM  

JesusJuice: If you can't control your kid, special needs or no, hire a babysitter or stay home. This didn't happen at Wal-Mart or on the street, it happened in a restaurant where there are certain expectations. I don't want to listen to your crotchfruit shrieking when I go out to dinner. You enjoying a nice night out is not more important than me enjoying a nice night out.


Forget the kids, if you, as an adult, can't behave considerably in a restaurant, stay at home with your kids.

I've had a number of dining experiences ruined by others; not a single time were children involved.
 
2013-01-18 04:15:14 PM  

WhippingBoy: doubled99: WhippingBoy

I have two special needs kids. One thing that you quickly develop is a thick skin; I tend to not care what anyone thinks (within reason) anymore.

Maybe you should stop farking your sister

I've tried. She can be very demanding.


Very, very good reply!
 
2013-01-18 04:15:34 PM  

WhippingBoy: MaritimeGirl: If a group of adults ask to be seated away from a table with children, don't automatically think they are doing it because of the children's possible behaviour. I have been with girlfriends at dinner where we get laughing and discussing child-inappropriate topics and we wouldn't want little ears to hear our very adult topics. It's not always a negative thing, parents, sometimes it's a courtesy to your family.

Guess what? Most adults don't want to hear your cackling laughter and "very adult topics" when they're trying to enjoy dinner. If really want to be courteous, stay at home. Or if you do go out, try to conduct yourselves with a modicum of class and decorum.

/just sayin'


Where did I say cackling? So you'd be totally fine if child-inappropriate topics were discussed within earshot at a normal volume? Cool.
 
2013-01-18 04:15:56 PM  

th0rr: /// I think we interrupted Deaths meal!


Was it a curry place?
 
2013-01-18 04:16:03 PM  
Now I want steak. Thanks.

The selfish and self-centered people in this country feel entitled to higher tier treatment than normal people. This kind of thing probably happens all the time but we rarely hear about it and maybe the waiter doing that is also rare.
 
2013-01-18 04:16:37 PM  

WhippingBoy: JesusJuice: If you can't control your kid, special needs or no, hire a babysitter or stay home. This didn't happen at Wal-Mart or on the street, it happened in a restaurant where there are certain expectations. I don't want to listen to your crotchfruit shrieking when I go out to dinner. You enjoying a nice night out is not more important than me enjoying a nice night out.

Forget the kids, if you, as an adult, can't behave considerably in a restaurant, stay at home with your kids.

I've had a number of dining experiences ruined by others; not a single time were children involved.


That, too.
 
2013-01-18 04:17:35 PM  

MaritimeGirl: WhippingBoy: MaritimeGirl: If a group of adults ask to be seated away from a table with children, don't automatically think they are doing it because of the children's possible behaviour. I have been with girlfriends at dinner where we get laughing and discussing child-inappropriate topics and we wouldn't want little ears to hear our very adult topics. It's not always a negative thing, parents, sometimes it's a courtesy to your family.

Guess what? Most adults don't want to hear your cackling laughter and "very adult topics" when they're trying to enjoy dinner. If really want to be courteous, stay at home. Or if you do go out, try to conduct yourselves with a modicum of class and decorum.

/just sayin'

Where did I say cackling? So you'd be totally fine if child-inappropriate topics were discussed within earshot at a normal volume? Cool.


No, of course not. That was entirely my point. Just have some class when you're in the company of others. Is that too much to ask for?
 
2013-01-18 04:17:54 PM  
this doesn't add up. if the folks ask for another table for whatever reason they choose this is their right. They came for a quiet relaxing dinner and their needs were not being met. even if they made the special needs/space comment why the heck should the waiter care. His job is not to judge his customer but to serve them.

I would understand if the folks were making a big insulting stink about the kid but from the story it doesn't sound like this is the case.
 
2013-01-18 04:18:11 PM  
The family who complained were retarded -- excuse me, I meant to say, "differently tabled".
 
2013-01-18 04:19:22 PM  

moonscatter: Some of us just don't like kids, and especially, the sounds they make. When out, we realize we will encounter them, but try to avoid them as much as possible. You need to understand that people like me aren't going to "family" restaurants and complaining there are families there. That's just stupid and poor planning. But if I'm sitting down to a nice meal and a couple of glasses of wine, damned straight I don't want to hear a kid cry or whine or make noise or play or any of that. You're more tolerant of it because you're used to it. To those of us never around kids, their sounds are worse nails on a chalkboard and are not cute or endearing. The fact that people can't understand that confuses me.

You know, call me crazy, but you were one of those kids once.


That has to be one of the dumbest things that people can say to people who don't like kids or don't want to be bothered by them.  First off, I was a kid in the late 70s/early 80s and behavior that is tolerated today was NOT tolerated then.  My mother used to talk of "not seeing a restaurant or a movie for years" because she chose to have kids.  But rather than canonize my mother for the benefit of Fark readers, all I can say is it doesn't matter that I was once a kid. When I was a kid, there were a LOT of things I wasn't allowed to do. Like eat at fancy restaurants. Drink wine. Go to R-rated movies. Do any of these things at 9pm, 10pm, or later.  Go shopping at night. So on and so forth. Why? Because that wasn't appropriate for children to be doing. That was adult time. I'm 37. I can now do all those things and really don't want them disrupted by children.  If I wanted to be disrupted by children, I'd have had my own.  No thanks.

If I'm ever in Chuck E. Cheese or McDonalds or Toys R Us in the middle of day and complaining about kids, I'm the asshole. But those aren't things I do.
 
2013-01-18 04:19:58 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


I agree, this reads like one of those bs facebook stories, and the consumerist isn't really a viable news source
 
2013-01-18 04:21:36 PM  
I'm thinking there was a disturbance too. I think the best plan is to just leave the restaurant yourself. Be courteous and let them have the place to themselves so the waiter doesn't have too many tables to deal with and can spend special time with the special needs.

/BTW Soft Headed types should refer to Temple Grandin's advice. You do special needs people NO favor by accomodating anything other than physical needs. Behavioral issues can be corrected and their life is better for that. I've managed restaurants where Down's syndrome people worked cleaning tables and they felt useful for doing it and earned some pocket money.
 
2013-01-18 04:23:25 PM  

MoxieLover:
Some people simply don't like the sight of the retarded. Their looks bother them.


Yes, I'm sure they'll soon get the memo and stop existing, just for your precious eyes' sake.
 
2013-01-18 04:26:04 PM  

Andrew Wiggin: doczoidberg: Is it illegal to have sex with someone who has Down Syndrome?

christ i hope not, or the 3 women i've slept with are in trouble.


Outstanding.  I hope they were all at the same time.
 
2013-01-18 04:27:34 PM  
The number of times that I've had a bad experience at a restaurant due to the actions of an adult versus a child has to be about 20:1.
 
2013-01-18 04:28:48 PM  
Just do me a favor and keep your kid out of the bar. Down's or not.
 
2013-01-18 04:30:14 PM  

serpent_sky: moonscatter: Some of us just don't like kids, and especially, the sounds they make. When out, we realize we will encounter them, but try to avoid them as much as possible. You need to understand that people like me aren't going to "family" restaurants and complaining there are families there. That's just stupid and poor planning. But if I'm sitting down to a nice meal and a couple of glasses of wine, damned straight I don't want to hear a kid cry or whine or make noise or play or any of that. You're more tolerant of it because you're used to it. To those of us never around kids, their sounds are worse nails on a chalkboard and are not cute or endearing. The fact that people can't understand that confuses me.

You know, call me crazy, but you were one of those kids once.

That has to be one of the dumbest things that people can say to people who don't like kids or don't want to be bothered by them.  First off, I was a kid in the late 70s/early 80s and behavior that is tolerated today was NOT tolerated then.  My mother used to talk of "not seeing a restaurant or a movie for years" because she chose to have kids.  But rather than canonize my mother for the benefit of Fark readers, all I can say is it doesn't matter that I was once a kid. When I was a kid, there were a LOT of things I wasn't allowed to do. Like eat at fancy restaurants. Drink wine. Go to R-rated movies. Do any of these things at 9pm, 10pm, or later.  Go shopping at night. So on and so forth. Why? Because that wasn't appropriate for children to be doing. That was adult time. I'm 37. I can now do all those things and really don't want them disrupted by children.  If I wanted to be disrupted by children, I'd have had my own.  No thanks.

If I'm ever in Chuck E. Cheese or McDonalds or Toys R Us in the middle of day and complaining about kids, I'm the asshole. But those aren't things I do.


You're usually pretty smart and funny and on point, so I'm going to respond. 

I'm sorry your mom didn't let you to fancy restaurants. I was expected to - and yes, I am a child of the 70s who grew up in a very conservative household.  My parents entertained constantly, both at home and at dinners out. I was expected to mind my manners and behave. My kids have learned I demand the same from them.  But you seem to be reacting negatively at the mere sight of a kid where you believe one shouldn't be. Sometimes that will guarantee you a negative result.

And no, not all parents have the good sense to teach their kids how to behave publicly. I have some dear friends where I am always scrambling for an excuse not to meet them at a restaurant because their kids act like little demons and they don't mind, but the rest of the world certainly does.
 
2013-01-18 04:30:22 PM  

Uranus Is Huge!: Just do me a favor and keep your kid out of the bar. Down's or not.

 
2013-01-18 04:32:26 PM  

Uranus Is Huge!: Just do me a favor and keep your kid out of the bar. Down's or not.


Easy for you to say. My nine year old gets very violent if he doesn't have a couple of boilermakers before "Adventure Time".
 
2013-01-18 04:32:28 PM  
Also keep your kids out of Vegas FFS.
 
2013-01-18 04:35:42 PM  

blatz514: Uranus Is Huge!: Just do me a favor and keep your kid out of the bar. Down's or not.


Oh, very much this.

The Muthaship: Also keep your kids out of Vegas FFS.


and this.
 
2013-01-18 04:36:38 PM  
i mean who wants to eat a fine meal with a drooling monkey bobbing back and forth in their chair screamming "timmmmy"

this is a non story. the people didnt want to pay to have their dinner ruiined, they went somewhere else.. why was the paper called?

derpy derpy doooo
 
2013-01-18 04:37:08 PM  
I need to know the behavior of the child in question before I can properly express the appropriate level of rage. Just as I expect the parents of a toddler to remove the child from the restaurant if he/she is causing a ruckus, I expect the same from parents of an older, special needs child. Yes, all children, typical and disabled, need to learn how to behave appropriately in public. But while they are learning they should start with McD's and maybe move on to Friendly's. Sit down restaurants come when the correct behavior can be expected consistantly.

So, if the kid's behavior was appropriate for the situation, the other family sucks and should get the food-bannhammer. If, OTOH, the disabled child was disturbing others, and the parents did not remove him, then they are at fault.
 
2013-01-18 04:37:58 PM  

The Muthaship: Also keep your kids out of Vegas FFS.


I don't think I would be able to tell the difference between normal people and people with down syndrome in Vegas.
 
2013-01-18 04:38:20 PM  

MoxieLover: serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

Some people simply don't like the sight of the retarded. Their looks bother them.


I want to cut out Downs Kids' eyes, too.
 
2013-01-18 04:39:04 PM  

lackadaisicalfreakshow: MoxieLover:
Some people simply don't like the sight of the retarded. Their looks bother them.

Yes, I'm sure they'll soon get the memo and stop existing, just for your precious eyes' sake.


They don't have to stop existing, they just need to stay out of sight. Maybe we could concentrate them in some sort of camp?

They could spend their days doing arts and crafts, hiking, or working in the camp garden. Being around other disabled people with meaningful work to do would set them free from the handicap of their disability.
 
2013-01-18 04:40:05 PM  
Last month I was at a pretty decent restaurant, and there was a family with three young assholes--screaming and fighting ("That's MY crayon!!!"), one of them alternated mouthfulls of ketchup and sugar packets, and another kept telling his mother "shut up!" when she said "now, Tyler, let's use our inside voices" and "Tyler, remember to behave, so we can get ice cream!"

I'd rather sit next to 10 kids with special needs than one table of spoiled brats and their helicopter mom.
 
2013-01-18 04:40:51 PM  
Sometimes I park in handicapped spaces

While handicapped people make handicapped faces
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2013-01-18 04:41:50 PM  

moonscatter: You're usually pretty smart and funny and on point, so I'm going to respond.

I'm sorry your mom didn't let you to fancy restaurants. I was expected to - and yes, I am a child of the 70s who grew up in a very conservative household. My parents entertained constantly, both at home and at dinners out. I was expected to mind my manners and behave. My kids have learned I demand the same from them. But you seem to be reacting negatively at the mere sight of a kid where you believe one shouldn't be. Sometimes that will guarantee you a negative result.

And no, not all parents have the good sense to teach their kids how to behave publicly. I have some dear friends where I am always scrambling for an excuse not to meet them at a restaurant because their kids act like little demons and they don't mind, but the rest of the world certainly does.


Well, thank you.That's appreciated. :)  And I should say that manners were absolutely expected no matter where we were. I think the lack of restaurants was growing up without a lot of money more than a fear that we'd have no idea how to behave (my mom's "look" would have instantly taken care of that in such a situation.)  Though I know that we'd not have been out and doing things in the late evening, say 9:30, 10:00... when I'd suspect a lot of the bad behavior of kids comes from simply being tired and needing to be in bed instead of up during adult times.

I guess I just bemoan the loss of adult spaces. It seems like they don't exist anymore. It seems like there are way too many parents out there who think the rest of us should just accommodate and put up with whatever their kids are doing, wherever they are doing it because you know, kids will be kids.  And I even get that, aside from  (I'm sure you heard this more than once as a kid) "there's a time and a place for everything".

I pretty much stopped going to movie theatres because too frequently, people can't grasp that babies/little kids don't like sitting quiet and still for two hours in a dark, loud theatre showing a movie they are unlikely to care about, or may even be scared of. And while I've seen kids behave fine in restaurants - or simply not noticed they were there - I have also had meals ruined by screaming kids that should have been removed from the situation that they obviously couldn't handle or were distressed by.  As such, I would rather err on the side of caution and not be seated next to people with kids than to be seated next to them.

Probably the best one I saw in recent years was in a Mexican restaurant. It wasn't Taco Bell, but it wasn't going to be listed in a guide to CT's most upscale eateries, either.  These kids were yelling and making a huge fuss and everyone was looking pretty annoyed at them. All of a sudden, two kids were under our table and one of them was trying to choke the other one to death.  My boyfriend looked at me and I said "uh, what should we do?" and he said, "They're not our problem, let's just move." So we did.  The parents never reacted or responded and kept eating. We assumed they were hoping one of the kids would finally land a kill shot, because these were some really obnoxious kids.
 
2013-01-18 04:43:26 PM  
The story doesn't say what the kid did to offend them but if it's no more than "look different" then they do deserve to be told to gtfo. If might understand if it was something more but the story doesn't say.
 
2013-01-18 04:43:44 PM  

Timmy the Tumor: Last month I was at a pretty decent restaurant, and there was a family with three young assholes--screaming and fighting ("That's MY crayon!!!"), one of them alternated mouthfulls of ketchup and sugar packets, and another kept telling his mother "shut up!" when she said "now, Tyler, let's use our inside voices" and "Tyler, remember to behave, so we can get ice cream!"

I'd rather sit next to 10 kids with special needs than one table of spoiled brats and their helicopter mom.


Nothing says upscale restaurant like crayons and ketchup packets.....
 
2013-01-18 04:46:40 PM  
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2013-01-18 04:46:58 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: Sorry, I have a son who is autisitic (non-verbal). Other than his inability to speak and some slow developed social skills, just looking at him you can't tell. Last week in Target he was walking through the toy aisles and I was following him, he was doing his normal low level hum that keeps him happy and kind of sounds like he's humming a song. A little boy did a double take on him as he passed and his mom tells him "don't pay attention to him, he's 'special'"

So I looked at the boy and said "that's right, your mom thinks my kid is special, and apparently doesn't think the same of you!"

She gave me a very bad stink eye and walked off.

Some people have no farking courtesy and ALWAYS assume the worst. I've waited tables on people that you could just tell from the time they sat down that NOTHING was going to be right, no matter how good the service, food, drinks, etc. It's a superiority thing.


You're a farking narcissistic biatch, you know that?
 
2013-01-18 04:47:58 PM  
To get this straight, if I am being seated with my party near a table with small children and I ask the host or hostess if there is another space available, are there parents out there that would take that personally and think I'm an asshole for requesting another table?
 
2013-01-18 04:49:10 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

Sorry, I have a son who is autisitic (non-verbal). Other than his inability to speak and some slow developed social skills, just looking at him you can't tell. Last week in Target he was walking through the toy aisles and I was following him, he was doing his normal low level hum that keeps him happy and kind of sounds like he's humming a song. A little boy did a double take on him as he passed and his mom tells him "don't pay attention to him, he's 'special'"

So I looked at the boy and said "that's right, your mom thinks my kid is special, and apparently doesn't think the same of you!"

She gave me a very bad stink eye and walked off.

Some people have no farking courtesy and ALWAYS assume the worst. I've waited tables on people that you could just tell from the time they sat down that NOTHING was going to be right, no matter how good the service, food, drinks, etc. It's a superiority thing.


You are awesome!!!
 
2013-01-18 04:49:17 PM  
This may be the most vitriolic thread, that's not about tipping, cyclists, guns or elections, of the year.
 
2013-01-18 04:49:32 PM  
I am picturing Stewart in the Chinese restaurant skit now.
 
2013-01-18 04:51:08 PM  

serpent_sky: Timmy the Tumor: Last month I was at a pretty decent restaurant, and there was a family with three young assholes--screaming and fighting ("That's MY crayon!!!"), one of them alternated mouthfulls of ketchup and sugar packets, and another kept telling his mother "shut up!" when she said "now, Tyler, let's use our inside voices" and "Tyler, remember to behave, so we can get ice cream!"

I'd rather sit next to 10 kids with special needs than one table of spoiled brats and their helicopter mom.

Nothing says upscale restaurant like crayons and ketchup packets.....


Kids brought their own crayons, and the ketchup came with the kid's hamburger.

My sister in law lets her kids make a gigantic mess, throw food and junk on the floor, and be as loud as they want in restaurants, saying "we're paying for it, they can clean it up."  Seems a lot of young parents have that attitude, as though servers are sanitation workers, too.

get off my lawn
 
2013-01-18 04:51:21 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: On behalf of everyone in the thread who has a special needs child I'd like to offer a big "fark yooooou" to all of the clowns who think making fun of the disabled is funny. Yeah, I get it. You're a pussy in the real world who never can gather the balls to say what you think so you use the anonymity of the internet to put on a fake George Carlin impression. But, I'm just here to tell you that the shiat is weak. The folks who are here laughing with you have the same inferiority issues that you have so they're also here seeking validation by grabbing at the low hanging fruit. Most of them are losers just like you. If you all could see one another, you'd be embarrassed by the company that you keep. No, I don't have a special needs child. By GODs grace, my children are healthy. I just thought this would be a good time to remind you cowards that you're nothing like the person that you try to be on the internet. And that may be good because your internet persona is stupid, too. Please don't take this as the angry rant of some PC guy. I'm not not angry at you, I pity you.


You know what the problem with other peoples sense of humor is?

Nothing. Pull the stick out of your ass and laugh a little.
 
2013-01-18 04:51:22 PM  

serpent_sky: moonscatter: You're usually pretty smart and funny and on point, so I'm going to respond.

I'm sorry your mom didn't let you to fancy restaurants. I was expected to - and yes, I am a child of the 70s who grew up in a very conservative household. My parents entertained constantly, both at home and at dinners out. I was expected to mind my manners and behave. My kids have learned I demand the same from them. But you seem to be reacting negatively at the mere sight of a kid where you believe one shouldn't be. Sometimes that will guarantee you a negative result.

And no, not all parents have the good sense to teach their kids how to behave publicly. I have some dear friends where I am always scrambling for an excuse not to meet them at a restaurant because their kids act like little demons and they don't mind, but the rest of the world certainly does.

Well, thank you.That's appreciated. :)  And I should say that manners were absolutely expected no matter where we were. I think the lack of restaurants was growing up without a lot of money more than a fear that we'd have no idea how to behave (my mom's "look" would have instantly taken care of that in such a situation.)  Though I know that we'd not have been out and doing things in the late evening, say 9:30, 10:00... when I'd suspect a lot of the bad behavior of kids comes from simply being tired and needing to be in bed instead of up during adult times.

I guess I just bemoan the loss of adult spaces. It seems like they don't exist anymore. It seems like there are way too many parents out there who think the rest of us should just accommodate and put up with whatever their kids are doing, wherever they are doing it because you know, kids will be kids.  And I even get that, aside from  (I'm sure you heard this more than once as a kid) "there's a time and a place for everything".

I pretty much stopped going to movie theatres because too frequently, people can't grasp that babies/little kids don't like sitting quiet and ...


I don't think you should have to put up with bad anybody behavior, at a restaurant or a movie theatre. I can't remember the last time I went to a theatre, it's been so long (and its usually the adults texting or talking through the movie that drove me insane). In general, it seems like people are less polite and courteous than they once were, and I'm not sure where that is coming from. It spills over to kids being allowed to misbehave at a restaurant and people texting throughout dinner.
 
2013-01-18 04:52:37 PM  

JesusJuice: lackadaisicalfreakshow: MoxieLover:
Some people simply don't like the sight of the retarded. Their looks bother them.

Yes, I'm sure they'll soon get the memo and stop existing, just for your precious eyes' sake.

They don't have to stop existing, they just need to stay out of sight. Maybe we could concentrate them in some sort of camp?

They could spend their days doing arts and crafts, hiking, or working in the camp garden. Being around other disabled people with meaningful work to do would set them free from the handicap of their disability.


The problem with day camps is that they cost money, often more than the family can afford and more than society is willing to pay in taxes.
 
2013-01-18 04:54:22 PM  
So, if Farkers ever get their panties in a wad about me taking my children to a restaurant, I should just say they are special needs kids....got it
 
2013-01-18 04:57:19 PM  

Jesus Named His Raptor Satan: If you want to spend adult time, in an adult place...then go to a f*ckin titty bar. Bring your wife and have a nice dinner with entertainment provided. No kids...guaranteed! And stop your pathetic whining!


You haven't been to titty bars in Arlington, TX, have you?  Last time I visited one, there were four stripper's kids playing by the DJ booth, and one kid hanging from an umbilical cord from new mommy "Amber" as she danced.

Child care is expensive, yo
 
2013-01-18 04:57:23 PM  

uncleacid: Your tard wants steak.


+1 - would LOL again.

/has special needs grandkid
//still would LOL again
 
2013-01-18 04:58:00 PM  

serpent_sky: durbnpoisn: Secondly... I didn't mean to imply that I was offended by people moving. I was just pointing out that it happens quite frequently. And I seriously cannot take offense to someone wanting to move away. I'm confused by their lack of tolerance, but that's about it.

Some of us just don't like kids, and especially, the sounds they make. When out, we realize we will encounter them, but try to avoid them as much as possible.  You need to understand that people like me aren't going to "family" restaurants and complaining there are families there. That's just stupid and poor planning. But if I'm sitting down to a nice meal and a couple of glasses of wine, damned straight I don't want to hear a kid cry or whine or make noise or play or any of that.  You're more tolerant of it because you're used to it. To those of us never around kids, their sounds are worse nails on a chalkboard and are not cute or endearing.  The fact that people can't understand that confuses me.


So your parents never took you out in public, as you grew up?
I am guessing it was a decision we all can agree with...

But, please feel free to complaint about something you did at one time in your life.
Yeah we know, it's all about you.
 
2013-01-18 05:00:25 PM  
I feel it's all about context and resonable expectations. When I go to McDonalds, I expect children will be there, and act accordingly.

When I go to Applebee's, a family restaurant, It's likely children/families will be there. I and Mr. TJW! avoid possible disruptions by sitting in the bar area. To those occasional folk I see who sit in the bar area with kids...(In some states that's actually LEGAL...A real shock from spending most of my adult life living in Las Vegas, where minors were prohibited from being within 25 feet of a bar) Shame on you!

And finally, My rule of thumb is that if you're visiting a restaurant with table cloths and linin napkins, the type that has prime rib on the menu and a bona fide wine list, It's IMO reasonable to expect a dining experience--that I'm paying top dollar to enjoy--free of disruption from misbehaving children or screaming babies. Or on the other end of the spectrum, Obnoxiously loud drunks, etc.

I scope out the place when I arrive and chose/request my table accordingly. I don't feel I'm being unreasonable. I happen to like kids. I don't blame them, I frown upon the parents. I feel it's unreasonable for them to bring their kids to such a place. Kids get bored. They shouldn't be expected to sit for 2 hours in an upscale restaurant with nothing to do and not get restless and antsy.

If you want to visit a fancypants restaurant, get a sitter. If you can't find one, go elsewhere where it's kid appropriate. Be considerate of your fellow diners. They have a reasonable expectation for their dining experience to be a pleasant one.
 
2013-01-18 05:02:22 PM  

moonscatter: I don't think you should have to put up with bad anybody behavior, at a restaurant or a movie theatre. I can't remember the last time I went to a theatre, it's been so long (and its usually the adults texting or talking through the movie that drove me insane). In general, it seems like people are less polite and courteous than they once were, and I'm not sure where that is coming from. It spills over to kids being allowed to misbehave at a restaurant and people texting throughout dinner.


I actually have a theory as to why people, in general, are less courteous and considerate. Stress.  And that's just across the board. I see people act like they will simply DIE if they don't get down the grocery aisle first - it's not like the store is going to run out of milk, but they'll all but shove you out of the way. People yelling out car windows or driving aggressively. Being rude to cashiers/servers. Just generally being assholes, and allowing their kids to be as well.  But, like I said, stress.

Years of worrying about work/being out of work, or working harder than ever just to hold that job down, trying to stretch paychecks a little further every week, the ever-depressing and fear-mongering news cycle, over a decade of war, a very divided country on social issues,  I think it's getting to people, and it's making us ruder as a society.  (Being available 24 hours a day isn't helping, either. There are so  many nights I'll get something work-related well past work hours and it's not even urgent - people have just come to expect it.) (I'm not a brain surgeon or fire fighter, nothing I do is ever dire urgent.)

That's my theory, anyway. Well, that and it's much easier to let your kids do whatever they want, as opposed to disciplining them. That whole generation that wasn't spanked and was sent to "time out" and rarely punished is having kids and they are raising them like they were raised.  I don't really see any of this getting much better, unfortunately.

/Damn. I hate when I sound old. I'm still 22 and cool in my mind.
 
2013-01-18 05:03:01 PM  
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2013-01-18 05:03:30 PM  

KrustyKitten: To get this straight, if I am being seated with my party near a table with small children and I ask the host or hostess if there is another space available, are there parents out there that would take that personally and think I'm an asshole for requesting another table?


No. I don't think so. Personally, I like for people who don't want to be around me to move as far awa as they can, no matter the reason. I think the issue here is that the child is disabled. The best part of us would like for people to be more tolerant and less biatchy about the small stuff. Your life must really be something if hearing a child make noise while you eat "destroys" your meal. We share the planet with billions of other people. Get used to it.
 
2013-01-18 05:06:27 PM  

serpent_sky: moonscatter: I don't think you should have to put up with bad anybody behavior, at a restaurant or a movie theatre. I can't remember the last time I went to a theatre, it's been so long (and its usually the adults texting or talking through the movie that drove me insane). In general, it seems like people are less polite and courteous than they once were, and I'm not sure where that is coming from. It spills over to kids being allowed to misbehave at a restaurant and people texting throughout dinner.

I actually have a theory as to why people, in general, are less courteous and considerate. Stress.  And that's just across the board. I see people act like they will simply DIE if they don't get down the grocery aisle first - it's not like the store is going to run out of milk, but they'll all but shove you out of the way. People yelling out car windows or driving aggressively. Being rude to cashiers/servers. Just generally being assholes, and allowing their kids to be as well.  But, like I said, stress.

Years of worrying about work/being out of work, or working harder than ever just to hold that job down, trying to stretch paychecks a little further every week, the ever-depressing and fear-mongering news cycle, over a decade of war, a very divided country on social issues,  I think it's getting to people, and it's making us ruder as a society.  (Being available 24 hours a day isn't helping, either. There are so  many nights I'll get something work-related well past work hours and it's not even urgent - people have just come to expect it.) (I'm not a brain surgeon or fire fighter, nothing I do is ever dire urgent.)

That's my theory, anyway. Well, that and it's much easier to let your kids do whatever they want, as opposed to disciplining them. That whole generation that wasn't spanked and was sent to "time out" and rarely punished is having kids and they are raising them like they were raised.  I don't really see any of this getting much better, unfortunately.

/Damn ...


I think you may be onto something, at least as to stress. My clients expect me to be able to respond to them 24/7 even when the world won't end if I don't. I don't mind a certain amount of hand-holding, it comes with the territory, but having to interrupt a dinner at Commander's Palace to sneak into the bathroom to reply to an email was just ridiculous. Thankfully, the waiter took pity on my husband and spotted him a scotch. I actually had to give three months notice to be able to take a week of vacation with the family and not have to bring my laptop and cell with me "just in case."
 
2013-01-18 05:07:52 PM  
 
2013-01-18 05:08:17 PM  

Richard Saunders: uncleacid: Your tard wants steak.

+1 - would LOL again.

/has special needs grandkid
//still would LOL again


I put on my sneakers so when the lighting bolt came through the ceiling I'd be grounded.
 
2013-01-18 05:14:24 PM  
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"After that experience, fark restaurants. I'm doing my own cooking from now on."
 
2013-01-18 05:14:25 PM  

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: serpent_sky: ***snip***

Agreed. I asked to be moved once because the special needs kid was throwing a non-stop screaming hissy fit and throwing food at other diners. At one point, he swept everything off the table (dishes and all) onto the floor in a fit of rage.


To be fair, those dishes had it coming, the thing with the pants, though, I may have gone too far there.
 
2013-01-18 05:15:04 PM  

twistofsin: DROxINxTHExWIND: On behalf of everyone in the thread who has a special needs child I'd like to offer a big "fark yooooou" to all of the clowns who think making fun of the disabled is funny. Yeah, I get it. You're a pussy in the real world who never can gather the balls to say what you think so you use the anonymity of the internet to put on a fake George Carlin impression. But, I'm just here to tell you that the shiat is weak. The folks who are here laughing with you have the same inferiority issues that you have so they're also here seeking validation by grabbing at the low hanging fruit. Most of them are losers just like you. If you all could see one another, you'd be embarrassed by the company that you keep. No, I don't have a special needs child. By GODs grace, my children are healthy. I just thought this would be a good time to remind you cowards that you're nothing like the person that you try to be on the internet. And that may be good because your internet persona is stupid, too. Please don't take this as the angry rant of some PC guy. I'm not not angry at you, I pity you.

You know what the problem with other peoples sense of humor is?

Nothing. Pull the stick out of your ass and laugh a little.


Most of this shiat isn't "joking", its people with superiority complexes making mean-spirited remarks about defenseless children. I'll laugh when you say something funny.
 
2013-01-18 05:15:14 PM  

Dixon Cider: serpent_sky: durbnpoisn: Secondly... I didn't mean to imply that I was offended by people moving. I was just pointing out that it happens quite frequently. And I seriously cannot take offense to someone wanting to move away. I'm confused by their lack of tolerance, but that's about it.

Some of us just don't like kids, and especially, the sounds they make. When out, we realize we will encounter them, but try to avoid them as much as possible.  You need to understand that people like me aren't going to "family" restaurants and complaining there are families there. That's just stupid and poor planning. But if I'm sitting down to a nice meal and a couple of glasses of wine, damned straight I don't want to hear a kid cry or whine or make noise or play or any of that.  You're more tolerant of it because you're used to it. To those of us never around kids, their sounds are worse nails on a chalkboard and are not cute or endearing.  The fact that people can't understand that confuses me.

So your parents never took you out in public, as you grew up?
I am guessing it was a decision we all can agree with...

But, please feel free to complaint about something you did at one time in your life.
Yeah we know, it's all about you.


No, evidently it's all about YOU and your kids, and fark anyone who wants to have a nice, quiet meal.

My mom took me to restaurants early on, and if I didn't behave and be quiet, we were outta there. After a few talking-tos (and an ass beating or two), I learned.

Now, it's different with a special needs kid, but it really doesn't make any difference...if your farking child is disturbing other people's night out, get them THE FARK OUT. NOW.

I honestly don't understand why parents can't figure this out.
 
2013-01-18 05:16:54 PM  

TimGuy: serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

I agree, this reads like one of those bs facebook stories, and the consumerist isn't really a viable news source


I know, right? I was just waiting for the "Please LIKE and SHARE this page to show your support for disabled children!"
 
2013-01-18 05:17:30 PM  

Uranus Is Huge!: The Muthaship: urbangirl: Pretty sure Uranus was making a li'l joke. I know I was.

Yeah, sorry. It's just that that particular joke appears in every thread that involves working in the food service industry in any way. And it's not really a joke, since it happens all the time. And if it didn't happen all the time, it still lacks what most people would consider humor. I mean, we're talking about a passive aggressive act of revenge. It's not high comedy.

Unlike the biting commentary you've contributed.

You come to Fark looking for high comedy. lol

Get a load of Little Lord Fauntleroy.


LOL' SNORT' LOL!!!
 
2013-01-18 05:20:20 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


I worked with special needs folks for a decade. I took a teenager in a wheelchair to the circus. He didn't make a sound, just sat in his chair smiling. The moment we took our seat, two different couples scowled at us and moved to new seats far away. There may be some exaggeration in the article posted, but don't underestimate how big of assbags people can be. Some folks just can't stand being near the disabled.
 
2013-01-18 05:20:49 PM  
Incoming CSB:

I was flying home from deployment when some little bastard kept kicking the back of my seat. It was a rhythmic kick, pause, kick, pause, kick, pause. I grumbled and made my displeasure known a few times, and the mother would say something to the kid and he'd stop for awhile. Then it would start again five minutes later with the kick, pause, kick, pause. After a couple hours of this I'd had enough, so I pushed the seat recline button, leaned forward, and waited. Right as the little shiat was kicking I SLAMMED my chair back. I felt a very satisfying contact and the kid balled for a few minutes. The mother gave me a look like I was the devil, but her brat didn't kick my seat again.

I know the stories not completely germane, but it's sure to piss off the people who seem to think the rest of us just need to put up with their ill-behaved spawn.
 
2013-01-18 05:21:17 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

Sorry, I have a son who is autisitic (non-verbal). Other than his inability to speak and some slow developed social skills, just looking at him you can't tell. Last week in Target he was walking through the toy aisles and I was following him, he was doing his normal low level hum that keeps him happy and kind of sounds like he's humming a song. A little boy did a double take on him as he passed and his mom tells him "don't pay attention to him, he's 'special'"

So I looked at the boy and said "that's right, your mom thinks my kid is special, and apparently doesn't think the same of you!"

She gave me a very bad stink eye and walked off.

Some people have no farking courtesy and ALWAYS assume the worst. I've waited tables on people that you could just tell from the time they sat down that NOTHING was going to be right, no matter how good the service, food, drinks, etc. It's a superiority thing.


Oh, I see. It is a horrible act for the mother of that little boy to whisk her son away and make such a vile statement. However, it is OK to to tell a complete stranger's little kid that he is not special to his mom. That is a great way to get her back! Did you run over their family dog in the parking lot just for emphasis?
 
2013-01-18 05:25:01 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: KrustyKitten: To get this straight, if I am being seated with my party near a table with small children and I ask the host or hostess if there is another space available, are there parents out there that would take that personally and think I'm an asshole for requesting another table?

No. I don't think so. Personally, I like for people who don't want to be around me to move as far awa as they can, no matter the reason. I think the issue here is that the child is disabled. The best part of us would like for people to be more tolerant and less biatchy about the small stuff. Your life must really be something if hearing a child make noise while you eat "destroys" your meal. We share the planet with billions of other people. Get used to it.


It would never occur to me to stare at a child long enough to determine if they were disabled or not. That does seem pretty asshole-ish and a little beyond where a reasonable person would go in a situation like the one described.

I do my best to avoid situations where I may disturb other parties or other parties annoy me - better for everyone to recognize limits within ourselves and be as proactive as reasonably possible to keep everyone (me, parents, kids) mellow.
 
2013-01-18 05:27:04 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: twistofsin: DROxINxTHExWIND: On behalf of everyone in the thread who has a special needs child I'd like to offer a big "fark yooooou" to all of the clowns who think making fun of the disabled is funny. Yeah, I get it. You're a pussy in the real world who never can gather the balls to say what you think so you use the anonymity of the internet to put on a fake George Carlin impression. But, I'm just here to tell you that the shiat is weak. The folks who are here laughing with you have the same inferiority issues that you have so they're also here seeking validation by grabbing at the low hanging fruit. Most of them are losers just like you. If you all could see one another, you'd be embarrassed by the company that you keep. No, I don't have a special needs child. By GODs grace, my children are healthy. I just thought this would be a good time to remind you cowards that you're nothing like the person that you try to be on the internet. And that may be good because your internet persona is stupid, too. Please don't take this as the angry rant of some PC guy. I'm not not angry at you, I pity you.

You know what the problem with other peoples sense of humor is?

Nothing. Pull the stick out of your ass and laugh a little.

Most of this shiat isn't "joking", its people with superiority complexes making mean-spirited remarks about defenseless children. I'll laugh when you say something funny.


Welcome to Fark?
 
2013-01-18 05:29:15 PM  
My husband and I were recently in a family restaurant and the hostess seated us in a separate room that had ten tables shoved together for a child's birthday party, and one table for two.

NFW was I staying there.
 
2013-01-18 05:31:14 PM  

WinoRhino: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Agreed. I asked to be moved once because the special needs kid was throwing a non-stop screaming hissy fit and throwing food at other diners. At one point, he swept everything off the table (dishes and all) onto the floor in a fit of rage.

I'm going to call bullshiat on your story. You're suggesting that the parents and the restaurant simply sighed and let that happen, huh? And you graciously did as well, only asking to be moved, huh? Nope. Never happened.


Parents who don't do a thing about their kids throwing a fit and wrecking stuff, pretending not to notice, are all too common. That's entirely separate from the whole "special needs" issue.
 
2013-01-18 05:39:16 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: On behalf of everyone in the thread who has a special needs child I'd like to offer a big "fark yooooou" to all of the clowns who think making fun of the disabled is funny. Yeah, I get it. You're a pussy in the real world who never can gather the balls to say what you think so you use the anonymity of the internet to put on a fake George Carlin impression. But, I'm just here to tell you that the shiat is weak. The folks who are here laughing with you have the same inferiority issues that you have so they're also here seeking validation by grabbing at the low hanging fruit. Most of them are losers just like you. If you all could see one another, you'd be embarrassed by the company that you keep. No, I don't have a special needs child. By GODs grace, my children are healthy. I just thought this would be a good time to remind you cowards that you're nothing like the person that you try to be on the internet. And that may be good because your internet persona is stupid, too. Please don't take this as the angry rant of some PC guy. I'm not not angry at you, I pity you.


I agree, I hope they're joking.
 
2013-01-18 05:40:19 PM  

oh_please: Dixon Cider: serpent_sky: durbnpoisn: Secondly... I didn't mean to imply that I was offended by people moving. I was just pointing out that it happens quite frequently. And I seriously cannot take offense to someone wanting to move away. I'm confused by their lack of tolerance, but that's about it.

Some of us just don't like kids, and especially, the sounds they make. When out, we realize we will encounter them, but try to avoid them as much as possible.  You need to understand that people like me aren't going to "family" restaurants and complaining there are families there. That's just stupid and poor planning. But if I'm sitting down to a nice meal and a couple of glasses of wine, damned straight I don't want to hear a kid cry or whine or make noise or play or any of that.  You're more tolerant of it because you're used to it. To those of us never around kids, their sounds are worse nails on a chalkboard and are not cute or endearing.  The fact that people can't understand that confuses me.

So your parents never took you out in public, as you grew up?
I am guessing it was a decision we all can agree with...

But, please feel free to complaint about something you did at one time in your life.
Yeah we know, it's all about you.

No, evidently it's all about YOU and your kids, and fark anyone who wants to have a nice, quiet meal.

My mom took me to restaurants early on, and if I didn't behave and be quiet, we were outta there. After a few talking-tos (and an ass beating or two), I learned.

Now, it's different with a special needs kid, but it really doesn't make any difference...if your farking child is disturbing other people's night out, get them THE FARK OUT. NOW.

I honestly don't understand why parents can't figure this out.


LOL.. I comment and now it's about me? I wasn't sobbing like a middle school girl because my precious world was rocked by someone being loud.
I guess if I had a child, that might start to come close to something realistic... but, it is very far from the truth.
Seems you have an inherent misunderstanding of what a civilized society really is. It's about everyone.. not just you and you extremely sensitive feelers.

But hey, you got the "Self Deploying Butthurt" thing all covered up... Keep up the good work, Scooter!
 
2013-01-18 05:48:01 PM  
I only ask to be reseated if there are French people at the next table. Special needs kids are tolerable though.
 
2013-01-18 05:53:19 PM  

th0rr: serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.

I believe it. When my 3 kids were very young we went to a restaurant, nothing fancy just a chain, and were seated next to this old guy who was just served his food. My kids were very well behaved and not fussing. Not even 2 minutes goes by and he starts on this heavy sighing kick. We just ignore him and keep discussing the menu with the kids. He calls a waitress over and asks for the bill. Mind you he's only had about 4 bites. She looks surprised asking him if everything is ok. He just says he would like the bill. She give it to him and he as he is walking out he then stops at our table and no shiat just stands there an stares. For about a full 30 secs. I just stared back. The he just walked out. Never said a word. The waitress then comes over to apologize saying she has no idea what that was about. We blew it off and enjoyed our meal.

Creepy bastard too. Dressed all in black with a big ole' silver necklace worn on the outside. A very bad black rug on his head upon which a black baseball cap perched. Very weird.

/CSB
//Holy shiat! It just hit me!
/// I think we interrupted Deaths meal!


i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-18 05:53:52 PM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: I only ask to be reseated if there are French people at the next table. Special needs kids are tolerable though.


Who can eat with all that surrender stink just wafting around?
 
2013-01-18 05:56:04 PM  
I suspect that there is more to the story. Here is my scenario. Couple decides to have a nice dinner out somewhere. They want a nice quiet evening and the asshats in the next booth refuse/can't to control their children (regardless of if the kid is downey or some other disability) They asked to be moved and make a comment in then general opinion that people should control their wards regardless of the condition of the ward and if that ward is going to act out and ruin others peoples dining then they should stay home.

Hero? .. no.
 
2013-01-18 05:56:31 PM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: I only ask to be reseated if there are French people at the next table. Special needs kids are tolerable though.


I only eat in restaurants that have clear "No French People Allowed" signs. You can never be too safe.
 
2013-01-18 05:56:43 PM  

Dixon Cider: I wasn't sobbing like a middle school girl because my precious world was rocked by someone being loud.


i would sob like a school girl. i hate loud noises. but, whenever i'm threatened at a restaurant by loud noises, i usually leave. usually it's music, not children. but whatever. i don't care about the cause. i figure it's my problem, so I fix it by leaving. and fark it, there are a lot of other good restaurants in town.

/ actually, i only hate loud noises by proxy. my wife hates loud noises, and then she asks me to do something about it, and i really really hate doing something about it. i'd rather leave then tell someone to shut up. and she's not allowed to tell people to shut up, because unleashing her is like dropping the bomb. as i've said of her many times, she's the one who knocks (yeah, our neighbors love us -- well, actually, 9 out of 10 of our neighbors love us. the other 'loud' one... not so much)

// either way, children and those with special needs are rarely, if ever, a problem at the places where I eat. sometimes children can be obnoxious at movie theaters, but movie theaters are hell anyway, so what's the use trying to enjoy yourself there.
/// uh... i only meant to reply that i would sob like a school girl... got a little cared away thinking about food and restaurants and good and bad experiences in restaurants.
 
2013-01-18 06:06:17 PM  

Caelistis: blatz514: "Thank you to the waiter for standing up for those who can't! job well done!"

I thought downys had super strength or something.

Only when they go sex nuts and retard strong. Then you end up in a struggle to the death to keep them from jamming your cock in their mouth.


How many of them have you killed?
 
2013-01-18 06:08:59 PM  

ThighsofGlory: Caelistis: blatz514: "Thank you to the waiter for standing up for those who can't! job well done!"

I thought downys had super strength or something.

Only when they go sex nuts and retard strong. Then you end up in a struggle to the death to keep them from jamming your cock in their mouth.

How many of them have you killed pretended to resist?


Fixed
 
2013-01-18 06:09:59 PM  

blatz514: "Thank you to the waiter for standing up for those who can't! job well done!"

I thought downys had super strength or something.


They have Retard Strength which makes them about three times more powerful than "normal" people. Just ask Randall from Clerks 2. What if one busted into the restroom and orally raped him? He couldn't defend against that.

Those people were hateful assholes. What surprised me is that they are such simpletons they thought it was socially acceptable to make such a comment. Seems to me they're the ones who are special needs instead of the unfortunate "intellectually challenged" boy.

Speaking of "intellectually challenged", am I the only person that finds this new PC term more offensive than the old one? It's as if they're implying that the mentally retard cant be sophisticated.
 
2013-01-18 06:10:35 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


No, Down's Syndrome kids have visible differences. It's entirely possible the other folks knew from the get-go, and once the waiter told them off, felt ashamed. You see it happen sometimes with racism, too. If it's visible, people will be assholes about it.

/The kid probably sounds a bit different, too, and moves differently. Sometimes it's very easy to tell who has Down's. Don't underestimate the power of humans to be assholes.
 
2013-01-18 06:23:39 PM  
I'm sick of impatient adults who can't handle a little kid noise, and equally as sick of children, any children, being expected to behave like little robots. Screw 'em. Screw'em all.
 
2013-01-18 06:26:55 PM  

Dixon Cider: Seems you have an inherent misunderstanding of what a civilized society really is. It's about everyone


Exactly. If people go to a restaurant (not McDonalds), people have a reasonable expectation to have a nice meal. Now, if those people are irritated by hollering children, the meal sucks, and it's because of your kids that you CAN'T farkING CONTROL.

Because you bring your kids to a restaurant, and can't control them, everyone else has to suffer. It's about everyone, right?

This is why chain restaurants are going out of business.

Take that shiat to Golden Corral.
 
2013-01-18 06:27:01 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


Well, alright there, Columbo.
 
2013-01-18 06:27:55 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.



I can believe it. Absolutely.

I'm uncomfortable around "special" kids. They bother me quite a bit, because to me they seem like a partial person... They hit me square in the uncanny valley. The thing is, I'm fully aware that it's MY own personal issue, so I do NOT bother anyone else just because I have this stupid hangup. I exercise this crazy thing called "self control" and keep my dumbass mouth tightly farking shut, stay polite and do my damndest to not give an inkling of how uncomfortable I am. I keep those feelings about being uncomfortable to my damn self, because ruining someone else's day over something they didn't ask for and can't control in one of their kids would make me a complete and utter a-hole. That, and because I live in a society and don't believe I have some special right to not be uncomfortable from time to time, like a lot of people seem to think.

I'm not proud of it, but that's how it is and at least I'm not a dick about it. The only person on the planet who knows who I am and knows how I feel about this is my wife, and that's it.

Thing is, I'm fully aware that many many many people do not have that same (or any) level of self control, and that people who do have those kinds of hang-ups are going to often (though obviously not always) be the same kind of a-holes who'd have no problem expressing those thoughts because they don't think they're in the wrong in any way.

So yeah... I could definitely believe this story. Sadly.
 
2013-01-18 06:29:19 PM  

lickmydiction: I'm sick of impatient adults who can't handle a little kid noise, and equally as sick of children, any children, being expected to behave like little robots. Screw 'em. Screw'em all.


Chuckie Cheese, agreed.
Upscale steak house, not so much.
Dumpster behind my house, depends the night.
 
2013-01-18 06:30:14 PM  

oh_please: Take that shiat to Golden Corral.


They should rename that place The Filthy Trough.

Accidentally went their with Mrs Uranus once. It looked liked a food fight was in progress.
 
2013-01-18 06:41:18 PM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


Unfortunately I've seen it in action. When I worked at Sizzler (ages ago, good riddance), I had *SEVERAL* very similar experiences.

"Can't they sit somewhere else? I don't trust Chinks" said one foul old bastard who never tipped.

ME: "You're welcome to choose a different seat, sir." (He moved, I was in no hurry to refill anything for his racist ass and happily took the reduction from his usual $.50 tip on a $12 meal. But the Koreans in question, who were close enough to hear him, and I somehow "accidentally" brought them dessert they didn't order.)

"I don't want the salad bar, that retarded guy might go near it." (High functioning yet obviously disabled dude overheard him, and as he limped over to the salad bar, said "Here I go, spreading my retard cooties. Good thing I cant catch ugly from other people!" He got extra fries with his order and happily ate his ever-full fried shrimp until the guy left. "That guy was a real dummy. I feel sorry for him, at least I know I'm not all there!" I *loved* that dude.)

So yeah, people are assholes.
 
2013-01-18 06:53:42 PM  

oh_please: Dixon Cider: Seems you have an inherent misunderstanding of what a civilized society really is. It's about everyone

Exactly. If people go to a restaurant (not McDonalds), people have a reasonable expectation to have a nice meal. Now, if those people are irritated by hollering children, the meal sucks, and it's because of your kids that you CAN'T farkING CONTROL.

Because you bring your kids to a restaurant, and can't control them, everyone else has to suffer. It's about everyone, right?

This is why chain restaurants are going out of business.

Take that shiat to Golden Corral.


You keep acting as if children are the biggest problem. Hint: They're not.
 
2013-01-18 07:02:42 PM  

I Like Shiny Things: The normal people at the other table would not have had a problem unless this challenged kid was doing something extremely offensive.

We need legislation that would allow the restaurant management to easily deal with problems like this.


No, actually. Customers are horrible. And they save their worst behavior for situations where they believe the "customer is always right" is the law and must be obeyed.

People routinely do appalling things in public and they ignore wait and other service staff. The comments people make are astounding.

And let's be fair here: for some folks, being around people with disabilities makes them very uncomfortable. It can leave you on edge because you know on some level that your expectations for their behavior MAY be utterly wrong. Ask anyone in a wheelchair or with some obvious disability (missing leg or whatever, up to and including the morbidly obese 600+ plus people) how often they get stares and awkwardness.

I could be charitable and entertain the notion that they asked to be moved because they simply were uncomfortable where they were -- but in most cases, especially family places, you have to work pretty hard to piss of a waiter and even harder to be shown the door.

"Would you mind if we moved tables? Ordinarily it wouldn't be a big deal but it's a little loud over hear and I've had a very long day." is a different sort of request then "I'd really prefer not to sit next to that table." The net result is the same, but the first allows everyone to save face -- you want to move because the table is disturbing you, but you're not being a turd about it.

And as I said, I've seen such behavior far too often in real life. Most often blatant racism, but people treat disabled folks different and think of them differently and that's a fact.
 
2013-01-18 07:04:36 PM  
Fake.

I bet the waiter was a girl from Damascus.
 
2013-01-18 07:10:23 PM  

pciszek: WinoRhino: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Agreed. I asked to be moved once because the special needs kid was throwing a non-stop screaming hissy fit and throwing food at other diners. At one point, he swept everything off the table (dishes and all) onto the floor in a fit of rage.

I'm going to call bullshiat on your story. You're suggesting that the parents and the restaurant simply sighed and let that happen, huh? And you graciously did as well, only asking to be moved, huh? Nope. Never happened.

Parents who don't do a thing about their kids throwing a fit and wrecking stuff, pretending not to notice, are all too common. That's entirely separate from the whole "special needs" issue.


This.

Special needs kids get a pass, to some extent, but honestly MOST kids are decent enough if their parents make any effort at all to control them. They want attention, usually, but some kids really have no idea about volume control and it doesn't take TOO much effort to coach them.

A particularly brave waiter might even engage the kid with a "Hey, buddy! Are you having fun? Hey, can you do me a favor? Can you whisper? Awesome -- so you whisper to mom and dad, and every time I come to your table, I'll whisper to you. Okay?"

I got a rambunctious four-year-old to quiet down with that for most of a meal, and all it took was a whispered "you're doing great, look how proud your mom is!" every time I passed.
 
2013-01-18 07:12:08 PM  

doubled99: WhippingBoy

I have two special needs kids. One thing that you quickly develop is a thick skin; I tend to not care what anyone thinks (within reason) anymore.

Maybe you should stop farking your sister


Maybe you should take your own advice.
 
2013-01-18 07:13:52 PM  

WhippingBoy: oh_please: Dixon Cider: Seems you have an inherent misunderstanding of what a civilized society really is. It's about everyone

Exactly. If people go to a restaurant (not McDonalds), people have a reasonable expectation to have a nice meal. Now, if those people are irritated by hollering children, the meal sucks, and it's because of your kids that you CAN'T farkING CONTROL.

Because you bring your kids to a restaurant, and can't control them, everyone else has to suffer. It's about everyone, right?

This is why chain restaurants are going out of business.

Take that shiat to Golden Corral.

You keep acting as if children are the biggest problem. Hint: They're not.


You're right. They're not.
 
2013-01-18 07:21:09 PM  

umad: doubled99: WhippingBoy

I have two special needs kids. One thing that you quickly develop is a thick skin; I tend to not care what anyone thinks (within reason) anymore.

Maybe you should stop farking your sister

Maybe you should take your own advice.


Uh... I didn't say that second thing. And who I fark is no business of yours anyway, tyvm!
 
2013-01-18 07:21:23 PM  
Holy crap I just found out it was the waiter that served us on New Years Eve (it was on the local news, they interviewed him). Name is Michael, really cool guy. That's awesome and not surprised at all. One of the best waiters we've ever had. Ohh and Laurenzo's is an excellent place to eat if you're in Houston. Monday night is half price bottle night (which happened to be New Years Eve, so yea we got plastered).
 
2013-01-18 07:44:49 PM  

Queensowntalia: ZeroPly: I had to have this long talk with my nephew about how "Asperger's" is just a polite term for "retard", like they call leprosy "Hansen's disease" now.

Actually, no.

"Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger's syndrome or Asperger disorder, is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and atypical (peculiar, odd) use of language are frequently reported"



Not anymore, it has been removed as a specific diagnosis and folded into the general autism spectrum. --> Link
 
2013-01-18 07:51:53 PM  

Hrist: serpent_sky:
The only time I ever notice mentally handicapped people in public is if they're walking all weird (the eye is naturally drawn to people with unusual gaits


Uncanny Valley Link isn't built into our DNA for the sake of robots or androids, it's because of this.
 
2013-01-18 08:02:42 PM  

oh_please: Dixon Cider: Seems you have an inherent misunderstanding of what a civilized society really is. It's about everyone

Exactly. If people go to a restaurant (not McDonalds), people have a reasonable expectation to have a nice meal. Now, if those people are irritated by hollering children, the meal sucks, and it's because of your kids that you CAN'T farkING CONTROL.

Because you bring your kids to a restaurant, and can't control them, everyone else has to suffer. It's about everyone, right?

This is why chain restaurants are going out of business.

Take that shiat to Golden Corral.


Don't f*ck with my Corral, man. The food is decent, but there are enough little shiats running around as it is.
 
2013-01-18 08:47:44 PM  
If the kid was being a distraction or nuisance, then the offended customers should use those words and not "special".
 
2013-01-18 08:53:57 PM  

serpent_sky: Well, that and it's much easier to let your kids do whatever they want, as opposed to disciplining them. That whole generation that wasn't spanked and was sent to "time out" and rarely punished is having kids and they are raising them like they were raised. I don't really see any of this getting much better, unfortunately.

/Damn. I hate when I sound old. I'm still 22 and cool in my mind.



You're a farking narcissistic biatch, you know that? Pull the stick out of your ass and laugh a little.
 
2013-01-18 09:00:24 PM  

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion:
Agreed. I asked to be moved once because the special needs kid was throwing a non-stop screaming hissy fit and throwing food at other diners. At one point, he swept everything off the table (dishes and all) onto the floor in a fit of rage.


Exactly what I would do. I am at a restaurant to enjoy my meal and the atmosphere that I pay for. I am not going to pretend to ignore someone screaming at the next table because it's a special needs kid. I will be civil about it, but I would ask to be moved to a table where I can enjoy my meal in relative peace, or to be refunded my money so I could leave and come back another night.
 
2013-01-18 09:21:33 PM  

jvowles: "I don't want the salad bar, that retarded guy might go near it."


Salad bars are disgusting no matter who is near them, in general. I avoid them simply because people have poor habits in general, will grab things with their hands, ignore the sneeze guard, and a million other offenses. They're just nasty, in general.  No need to point out any specific person or their disability.

I bet that person who was concerned about the "retarded guy" would have committed all of the offenses above. And taken a spoon from tuna fish and put it in the cucumbers, ignoring allergens as well.
 
2013-01-18 10:13:14 PM  

CapeFearCadaver: I think one of the best parts about a steak dinner (besides the flesh) is the potato. I love the potato. Smothered in sour cream and butter, bit of cheddar and Oh! maybe a couple of bacon pieces.... potatoes.

/potato


You sound fat. And Irish.

/but so am i
//sips whiskey
 
2013-01-18 10:29:44 PM  

WhippingBoy: doubled99: WhippingBoy

I have two special needs kids. One thing that you quickly develop is a thick skin; I tend to not care what anyone thinks (within reason) anymore.

Maybe you should stop farking your sister

I've tried. She can be very demanding.


Thank you for making me laugh until I cried. That was nice.
 
2013-01-18 10:30:59 PM  

WhippingBoy: umad: doubled99: WhippingBoy

I have two special needs kids. One thing that you quickly develop is a thick skin; I tend to not care what anyone thinks (within reason) anymore.

Maybe you should stop farking your sister

Maybe you should take your own advice.

Uh... I didn't say that second thing. And who I fark is no business of yours anyway, tyvm!


I wasn't talking to you. I was responding to the guy who can't figure out the quote button or how to italicize text or put it in quotation marks when he is quoting somebody.
 
2013-01-18 10:42:23 PM  

unlikely: My brother and his wife went out to Laurenzo's for dinner a while ago and right after they got seated, a couple of people got seated next to them - a family. The boy was loud and kept yelling at his mom, something about I get fries, right? So they put in drink orders and tried to ignore it but the kid kept talking really loud. It was kind of spoiling the mood for them, so eventually my brother asked to be moved to another table. The waiter turned into this complete douche, "What? Don't like sitting next to the special needs kid? Is that it? Is that your problem?" and my brother kept trying to say "no we just want a quiet night..."

Well needless to say, when the waiter turned ugly, "Is it that the tards need to be kept in the tard box? Is that your problem? Get the fark out, we don't serve your kind here," they decided to go. No sense in causing a ruckus - they figured the family with the shouting kid was already embarrassed enough - and at that point he was pretty sure that complaining to a manager or something would just get him a one way ticket to a snot-entree and a side of piss soup. So yeah, they just left.

I wonder if it was the same restaurant.


7/10; as believable as the original story, apparently
 
2013-01-18 10:46:15 PM  
This story is a downer.
 
2013-01-18 10:47:47 PM  

serpent_sky: durbnpoisn: Secondly... I didn't mean to imply that I was offended by people moving. I was just pointing out that it happens quite frequently. And I seriously cannot take offense to someone wanting to move away. I'm confused by their lack of tolerance, but that's about it.

Some of us just don't like kids, and especially, the sounds they make. When out, we realize we will encounter them, but try to avoid them as much as possible.  You need to understand that people like me aren't going to "family" restaurants and complaining there are families there. That's just stupid and poor planning. But if I'm sitting down to a nice meal and a couple of glasses of wine, damned straight I don't want to hear a kid cry or whine or make noise or play or any of that.  You're more tolerant of it because you're used to it. To those of us never around kids, their sounds are worse nails on a chalkboard and are not cute or endearing.  The fact that people can't understand that confuses me.


jesus, how old are you? That's as shallow an attitude I've read on Fark. And that's saying something.
 
2013-01-18 11:57:39 PM  

WhippingBoy: I have two special needs kids. One thing that you quickly develop is a thick skin; I tend to not care what anyone thinks (within reason) anymore.


Thick skin or not, no one deserves to be made fun of. A special needs child is still a child; they still deserve to be loved. There are a lot of farking people in here I'd like to punch in the nuts.
 
2013-01-19 12:43:21 AM  

Your Average Witty Fark User: WhippingBoy: I have two special needs kids. One thing that you quickly develop is a thick skin; I tend to not care what anyone thinks (within reason) anymore.

Thick skin or not, no one deserves to be made fun of. A special needs child is still a child; they still deserve to be loved. There are a lot of farking people in here I'd like to punch in the nuts.


I agree, I work with special needs kids and adults. Everywhere we go there is some one like the people mentioned in the article. People fear the unknown and use mean words, or actions to defend themselves. It hurts me to see my clients cry when all they did was be polite to some one and they get treated like dirt. I think people forget just because they might not be capable of everything the society deems as normal or may see or do things differently they are still people. :(
 
2013-01-19 12:44:34 AM  

serpent_sky: This story doesn't add up. For NO reason whatsoever, other than the kid was sitting there, they asked to be moved?  I find it hard to believe. There was noise or some other disturbance, more likely than not, which is a fair reason to ask to move tables regardless of how special needs the kid is.  If there was no noise, no anything, then they were assholes of a very high order... but...
IF they were such assholes of such a high order,  that the waiter decided not to serve them... they just left? Without making  scene? Complaining to the manager? No demanding the waiter be fired? That seems unlikely if they were the horrible people we're supposed to believe they were.

Simply put: I don't believe any of this happened as described.


Yup. Sounds like something out of a Chicken Soup for the Soul.
 
2013-01-19 12:46:26 AM  

addy2: serpent_sky: durbnpoisn: Secondly... I didn't mean to imply that I was offended by people moving. I was just pointing out that it happens quite frequently. And I seriously cannot take offense to someone wanting to move away. I'm confused by their lack of tolerance, but that's about it.

Some of us just don't like kids, and especially, the sounds they make. When out, we realize we will encounter them, but try to avoid them as much as possible.  You need to understand that people like me aren't going to "family" restaurants and complaining there are families there. That's just stupid and poor planning. But if I'm sitting down to a nice meal and a couple of glasses of wine, damned straight I don't want to hear a kid cry or whine or make noise or play or any of that.  You're more tolerant of it because you're used to it. To those of us never around kids, their sounds are worse nails on a chalkboard and are not cute or endearing.  The fact that people can't understand that confuses me.

jesus, how old are you? That's as shallow an attitude I've read on Fark. And that's saying something.


It's shallow to acknowledge that not everybody in the whole wide worlds is interested in the same things as you. Gotcha.
 
2013-01-19 12:47:01 AM  
Yes, I mean ALL the worlds.
 
2013-01-19 01:07:51 AM  
It's shallow to be proud of being incapable of simple interactions with other human beings, yes. Or just an AW. Either works.
 
2013-01-19 02:10:00 AM  

doubled99: Hey! Is this where I act all offended and praise special needs kids to show how good a person I am?


Depends on how you respond to this:

"T-ball Stand Pitches Perfect Game at Special Olympics"
 
2013-01-19 02:21:50 AM  

strathmeyer: as believable as the original story, apparently


Was kind of my point. As believable, as verifiable, as likely.
 
2013-01-19 02:45:16 AM  
I'm not particularly fond of kids. My stepdaughter was 8 when her mom and I started dating. 10 when we got married. I love her, but have no desire for more of my own at all.

Having said that, I can't think of a single instance in my life where a meal was ruined because of kids acting out at restaurants (a few have been ruined by adults). I guess it comes down to expectations. If we eat at a chain family restaurant or the local burger or pizza place, I expect kids to be there and acting like kids. If we eat at a nice restaurant I expect there won't be kids acting like kids, and there never has been for us. We eat out probably four times a week, two or three times a month at legitimately nice places, and it's simply never happened.

I'm still getting a kick out of the guy upthread who complained about eating at a nice restaurant and having his meal ruined by kids arguing over crayons and ketchup packets. Protip, nice restaurants don't have crayons or ketchup packets. Adjust your expectations...
 
2013-01-19 03:27:19 AM  

Maybe you should drive: I'm still getting a kick out of the guy upthread who complained about eating at a nice restaurant and having his meal ruined by kids arguing over crayons and ketchup packets. Protip, nice restaurants don't have crayons or ketchup packets. Adjust your expectations...


lol

Are you suggesting Red Lobster isnt a "nice" restaurant?
 
2013-01-19 04:33:04 AM  

Frederick: lol

Are you suggesting Red Lobster isnt a "nice" restaurant?


Of course not! If Mrs. Maybe You Should Drive and I sup at Chez Red Lobster we expect we won't be annoyed by anyone's youngins. The same goes for Applebees, as long as the correct French pronunciation is used. Ap-lay-BAYS.
 
2013-01-19 07:17:33 AM  

jvowles: ME: "You're welcome to choose a different seat, sir." (He moved, I was in no hurry to refill anything for his racist ass and happily took the reduction from his usual $.50 tip on a $12 meal. But the Koreans in question, who were close enough to hear him, and I somehow "accidentally" brought them dessert they didn't order.)

"I don't want the salad bar, that retarded guy might go near it." (High functioning yet obviously disabled dude overheard him, and as he limped over to the salad bar, said "Here I go, spreading my retard cooties. Good thing I cant catch ugly from other people!" He got extra fries with his order and happily ate his ever-full fried shrimp until the guy left. "That guy was a real dummy. I feel sorry for him, at least I know I'm not all there!" I *loved* that dude.)

So yeah, people are assholes.


And you? You're just a thief.
 
2013-01-19 03:19:23 PM  
DROxINxTHExWIND

On behalf of everyone in the thread who has a special needs child I'd like to offer a big "fark yooooou" to all of the clowns who think making fun of the disabled is funny. Yeah, I get it. You're a pussy in the real world who never can gather the balls to say what you think so you use the anonymity of the internet to put on a fake George Carlin impression. But, I'm just here to tell you that the shiat is weak. The folks who are here laughing with you have the same inferiority issues that you have so they're also here seeking validation by grabbing at the low hanging fruit. Most of them are losers just like you. If you all could see one another, you'd be embarrassed by the company that you keep. No, I don't have a special needs child. By GODs grace, my children are healthy. I just thought this would be a good time to remind you cowards that you're nothing like the person that you try to be on the internet. And that may be good because your internet persona is stupid, too. Please don't take this as the angry rant of some PC guy. I'm not not angry at you, I pity you.


That's okay, I pity them. Just so you know, NO, I wouldn't say mean things to them in person, but I think it's perfectly fine to make semi-anonymous comments here. Why wouldn't it be? That's what this is.
And nice pop psychology applied with the usual gigantic brush to everyone. Inferior? Quite the opposite. Thus, the mockery. Sure, it's mean spirited, but I'm sure you have no problem at all with that as long as it's a more socially acceptable target.
 
2013-01-20 07:22:32 AM  

doubled99: Inferior? Quite the opposite. Thus, the mockery.


People who mock others always have inferiority complexes. Always. Think about it.
 
2013-01-21 11:19:30 AM  

WhippingBoy: MaritimeGirl: WhippingBoy: MaritimeGirl: If a group of adults ask to be seated away from a table with children, don't automatically think they are doing it because of the children's possible behaviour. I have been with girlfriends at dinner where we get laughing and discussing child-inappropriate topics and we wouldn't want little ears to hear our very adult topics. It's not always a negative thing, parents, sometimes it's a courtesy to your family.

Guess what? Most adults don't want to hear your cackling laughter and "very adult topics" when they're trying to enjoy dinner. If really want to be courteous, stay at home. Or if you do go out, try to conduct yourselves with a modicum of class and decorum.

/just sayin'

Where did I say cackling? So you'd be totally fine if child-inappropriate topics were discussed within earshot at a normal volume? Cool.

No, of course not. That was entirely my point. Just have some class when you're in the company of others. Is that too much to ask for?


So, my friends and I wouldn't by your standards be allowed to discuss childbirth then? That's the last child-inappropriate conversation my friends and I had at dinner. Do you provide a list of suitable topics to nearby diners every time you go to dinner at a restaurant?
 
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