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(Yahoo)   Restaurant adds a line to receipt charging extra for unruly kids and.. wait, what? The kids were well behaved? And they gave the diners a discount?   ( divider line
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8430 clicks; posted to Main » on 07 Feb 2013 at 7:00 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-02-07 05:27:46 PM  
3 votes:
This wouldn't be necessary for them if well-behaved children in public was a more regular occurrence.
2013-02-07 06:18:28 PM  
2 votes:
I work in a field that deals with the public all the time (retail, but I've also worked food service and lots of other low-wage fields). I don't blame a 4 year old for acting like a 4 year old. Fidgeting and being loud is what they do. I was the same way, as were most people.

What I do blame is the allowance of crappy behavior learned from the parents. Going out to eat does not mean that you get free babysitting, nor should you expect it. A server is not offended if your kid has a gameboy or some crayons to keep themselves entertained because sometimes crap just happens and delays occur. But an assclown parent throwing a fit about something will result in an assclown child.
2013-02-07 10:04:10 PM  
1 vote:

The My Little Pony Killer: This wouldn't be necessary profitable for them if well-behaved children in public was a more regular occurrence.

It isn't necessary.  It's good business.  It will attract more customers, even if they don't have kids.
2013-02-07 09:16:16 PM  
1 vote:

Shrapnel: Of course, reward what should be expected behavior. This is the problem with liberals today.

Of course, believing that punishing is righteous and rewarding good behavior is a weakness. This is the problem with conservatives today.
2013-02-07 08:10:33 PM  
1 vote:

lostcat: I'd be interested in reading an article that helps to shed light on the huge difference between Asia views of acceptable behavior in children and those we have in most of Europea and North America (I don't really now how things are in Central/South American cultures).

My wife, who spent about half of her life working in SE Asian countries, and who is from Japan, gets so frustrated by the attitude of "Westerners" who give her a hard time about our 2-year-old daughter. In SE Asia, people never chastise her. They just expect kids to be loud and energetic. Waitresses will actually play with kids while their parents finish eating.

Having grown up here, with a father who would ask to be reseated if a family with kids sat down nearby, I have to say I can see it from both sides. But it sure is a hell of a lot easire raising a kid in Asia.

There IS a normal amount of noise and rambunctiousness that is to be expected from children. Still, Amuck Time needs to be curtailed in some settings.
2013-02-07 07:40:04 PM  
1 vote:
Small request. When you take children out to eat and bring some sort of electronic pacifier with you, can you either mute it or keep the volume low? I don't want to hear electronic game noises any more than I want to hear screechy kids through dinner.

/This thread was already derailed anyway.
2013-02-07 07:16:15 PM  
1 vote:
The best reward for having well behaved children is pretty much having well behaved children.  The rest of us may suffer from your child's behavior an hour or two at the restaurant, but you're going to be stuck with them day in and day out for (at least) the better part of two decades.  A discounted meal tab is merely icing on the cake.
2013-02-07 07:09:53 PM  
1 vote:
Ok kids, before you get in the car to go to the restaurant, here's your benedryl.
2013-02-07 07:06:03 PM  
1 vote:

OregonVet: downstairs: I used to love frogs legs, calamari, etc.

Heh, my sons too.

It's okay to be annoyed by kids that misbehave, but I'm going to pop some corn to enjoy while I watch this thread devolve into a slew of rants by douchebags that work 50! hours a week and DESERVE the quiet lull of their boring lives because they're paying too much for a crappy steak in a Lone Star.

way to miss the point. you have any clue how dangerous the average restaurant is? bowls of piping hot soup are easily spilled, sharp knives are fun too. servers are trying to quickly serve tables and make customers happy. children running amuck in eateries is dangerous, simple as that.
2013-02-07 04:30:49 PM  
1 vote:
Nice. I wonder if they have a "bratty kid" surcharge?

We always took our kid out to eat. We made him be quiet. We provided books so he would not get bored waiting for the food. He ate everything, and that includes squid. Now when we go out and some kid is squawking he just looks at me, and shakes his head.
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