Selfish Parents Disrupt Dining Experience

May 29, 2016

in Kid Stories

My wife and I dined at an upscale restaurant later at night, around 9:30. The host was going to seat us near a table that had a lot of kids. We requested and received a table further away from the kid’s table so our dinner could be a more quiet and romantic one.

While we enjoyed cocktails and an appetizer, the host who sat us placed a man, woman and toddler in a booth right next to ours even though there were plenty of other empty booths in the restaurant. We prayed that the child would be well-behaved. Unfortunately the toddler occasionally screamed and cried, and turned around to stare at us. Worse yet, he smelled like he had poopy pants.

My wife got up and informed the host that we wanted to be moved. He immediately came to our table and apologized, saying that he realized his mistake after seating the family next to us. He moved us to another table, which was a good thing as the child could be heard acting up while we dined, and at one point we saw him run across the dining room.

Why are some parents so selfish? I can understand wanting to get out of the house and go out for dinner, but get a baby sitter if you want to dine at a nice restaurant. If you can’t find a baby sitter, then go to a noisy family restaurant with your child instead.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

CCMCCART May 29, 2016 at 2:07 pm

I so agree with this poster. I always took my 2 kids out for dinner so they could learn proper behavior in public. BUT I took them during the family hour and to family style restaurants. When I go to a fine dining establishment the last thing I want to encounter is rude adults with undisciplined children.


Jeri Velgreen May 31, 2016 at 11:28 pm

As usual, those who should breed the least do it the most. Here's another tale of my encounter with this type of thing…


Food Service Ninja June 2, 2016 at 10:58 am

beacuse they werent raised to be proper parents -ie their parents didnt spank nor punish them for misdeeds and they were protected from any consquences in life thus they raising their spawn to be the same. Plus they are immune to the hllion's noise as they either tune them out or think they are cute.


Ace November 27, 2016 at 11:49 pm

This is not exactly the problem. Some people can't find/allow a babysitter (not necessarily "afford" but simply be the kind that wants their kid to have more social interaction, or worry too much about other people watching their precious baby); bringing a kid of any age into a restaurant is totally acceptable. However, what is NOT acceptable is actually listed in this story: screaming, shrieking, smelling like poop (as well as running by other tables, throwing trash around and directly bothering other guests). The parents should at least ATTEMPT to remedy some of these issues (changing the diaper and distracting the kid with a toy are no brainers); I am not saying they should LEAVE but taking the kid outside for a walk around the restaurant might actually be very good way to deal with the problem. On the other hand, parents who make no attempts whatsoever to take care of their child are the epitome of white trash- no matter how much they make or what kind of car they drive.


Stan Burnett December 12, 2016 at 4:15 am

It is the work of the parents to consider other people dining on the restaurant to let them enjoy. Kids should be taught proper behavior.


Crystal A Cannon August 4, 2017 at 6:32 pm

You can't expect every couple to find a babysitter. Am I going to cancel my diner planes that I've been waiting for weeks now? Because MAYBE my babysitter canceled last minute? Nope, I'm bringing my baby with me. If that bothers you then you can leave. How do you think children are going to learn to behave at places if you never teach them?? I'm not saying that you're wrong, because you specifically asked to be seated away from them. Plus as a parent it's your job to teach you kid to behave, not run around like a demon monkey.


BJames May 2, 2018 at 3:49 pm

And it's people like you that they are referring to. Keep the kids at home, or go to Chuck E. Cheese's.


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