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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 04:18:11 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
 
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