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What are your thoughts on young kids and restaurants?
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It's even worse when their parents let them run around, scream out loud, annoy everyone, throw food everywhere around the restaurant and underneath the table they are sitting at, act like they don't notice what's going on, are demanding, and treat the staff like it's the staff's fault, then stay there for an hour and a half, then leave no tip at all, after complaining about how they didn't receive crackers which the restaurant did not have.
Yes, it's happened...on multiple occasions.
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Speaking as a single mom of three, I like having my children able to go out to dinner with me and my parents. If the baby cries, we will leave the room until I can get her calm. I hate it when parents just let their children scream. Even though I only go to family friendly restaurants, it is still rude to both the child and everyone else to have her scream uncontrollably. I won't go to a fancy place until my children are old enough not to throw tissy fits over getting yogurt on their fruit.
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bzrro20 wrote:

It's even worse when their parents let them run around, scream out loud, annoy everyone, throw food everywhere around the restaurant and underneath the table they are sitting at, act like they don't notice what's going on, are demanding, and treat the staff like it's the staff's fault, then stay there for an hour and a half, then leave no tip at all, after complaining about how they didn't receive crackers which the restaurant did not have.
Yes, it's happened...on multiple occasions.


This, a million times this. I think with me, it's not so much the children, but the parents that do jack shit to keep a handle on their kids. Children are children, they're going to act out in some manner or another and tolerating it us up to the individual. But as an adult and parent, have some common sense and decency for god's sake and do something about your damn kid.
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I dont blame the kids, but more so the parents. I mean some kids will scream & act up, thats their nature, but its those parents who dont discipline them right then & there & actually let them be that make matters worse. I will always remember my first job @ Burger King. I was sent out to clean the dining room & this little 2 year old was making a mess, throwing her fries & spilling her soda everywhere. What does the Mother do?... "YAAAAAY!!! LOL Thats my baby girl" all while recording on her phone. Man I was ready to throw a Whopper at that B&%ch... pardon the language.
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I don't mind if they appear, but they should be properly disciplined.

Not to be mean or anything, but a little kid is like a dog. You have to make sure s/he is suitable to be where you want to take him or her. If you take an unruly kid out to a fancy restaurant during Valentine's Day or something, don't be surprised when people give you disapproving looks.
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I HATE kids that aren't quiet and run around like its a playground. If the parent won't do anything about them. I will. I don't care whose kids they are. I will yell at them and then yell at the parents and then leave if they won't. I wanted to eat out and enjoy it, not have to deal with stupid kids
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DisAstranagun wrote:

I HATE kids that aren't quiet and run around like its a playground. If the parent won't do anything about them. I will. I don't care whose kids they are. I will yell at them and then yell at the parents and then leave if they won't. I wanted to eat out and enjoy it, not have to deal with stupid kids


Agreed, they always seem to ruin a nice night out.
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My relatives would never get a handle on their kids and consequently I stopped dining with them.

A couple of times when I was dining out other people's kids would make A LOT of noise. If they were close enough to me I would yell back at them. Not anything in particular, just a loud "AAAAAAHHHHHH" or something. Scares the shit out of the little bastards and they tend to quiet down.

I have seen in more places that the offending kid's parents were asked to take their kids and leave. I think that might be the shape of things to come....

I grew up in an are where "children are meant to be seen, not heard," I DO NOT treasure those days. As long as the kids are talking, not screaming, it might get a little loud but that is alright.

There is a place called "Beaches" down along the Columbia river. The food is good and the scenery is nice but it gets quite loud and there is hardly ever a child there.... Adults can be loud too and some places it is an expectation so I tend to pass my judgements carefully. I would think that might be a consideration for kids too. Conversation, yes, alright, confrontation and just being noisy, send them home.

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I don't mind, and may even enjoy seeing them, when they're well-behaved. The younger they are, the less I blame the kids for them acting up. Although parents certainly play a role, I bear in mind that children aren't stupid and often know exactly what they're doing. I draw that from memories of my childhood.
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Loud adults are worse
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As a sous-chef, all it means to me is making a few chickens nuggets instead of something like a marinated lamb shank with risotto.
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I absolutely hate it when their kid(s) start screaming and making loud noises when I'm at a restaurant. I hate it more when they bring their kids to the movie theater. That's why I go to the alamo draft house to watch movies.
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It's funny how people say the kids could be going through crap and that's how they get attention. My siblings and I have been through hell and back at the youngest ages and are told how quiet we were as kids. I recently visited my preschool teacher and she said the same. The excuse of "they're young and don't know" doesn't sit right with me.

If I pay $60 for a dinner, it better be for the dinner and not a screaming session of kids running around the restaurant.
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Hate them.. They should not be allowed in restaurants, period. Cafe's are alright, I guess.
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MattMiller wrote:

Personally as a parent I focused on making sure my daughter had manners before going out to restaurants.


I'm sure this is what all parents think haha.

Not that I'm saying you're lying.

To be honest I don't really think children should be brought to any restaurant that isn't suited for them.
Take your kids to all the Mcdonald's and Burger Kings and all that crap, but if you're going out to eat a good fat steak with some good wine and what not, let the damn kids stay at home.
You aren't exactly doing your kids any favor by bringing them to those places anyway, I personally remember being bored out of my mind as a child going to steak houses and whatnot.


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