Gang of “Monkeys” Engage in Food Fight

April 14, 2017

in Kid Stories

My friends and I, having finished rather lengthy and troublesome group work, decided to reward ourselves by going out to dinner at a decent restaurant nearby. It was about 9.30pm when we get to the restaurant. Once we walk through the door, we heard kids screaming. I was feeling a little apprehensive, but my boyfriend gave me a hug and asked that our party, since we were in college and liable to curse and discuss inappropriate topics, be seated far from children. The hostess said no problem and all six of us were led to our table.

As we walked to our table, I feel my headache turn into a migraine. True to her word, we were seated half a restaurant away from those screaming kids. We were the last table in the half of the restaurant that were filled with diners. The table with the screaming kids was in the very back of the restaurant; about 14 adults were with them in a separate table. Every table in that half of the restaurant was empty save for them, and it was quite a big restaurant, able to seat close to 200. It was like the staff didn’t want to risk sitting anyone near them. I soon understood why.

I guess the hostess figured that as we were in college we probably wouldn’t mind the noise as much, but it was incredibly stressful. The adults did nothing while the kids, there were about five of them, were screeching at the top of their lungs and jumping up and down like monkeys. Sensing how stressed out I was a friend, L, decided to shout every time one of the kids started wailing. It helped for a while as the kids tried to figure out what was going on, and we could see puzzlement and embarrassment from the adults. Yet they sat there and still did nothing. Another friend, D, managed to get L to stop, and started passing around a flask of liquor he managed to sneak in. We all took turns. I’m pretty sure the wait staff knew what we were doing. Our drinks were served and refilled very quickly and we were given free apps.

Eventually the screaming and the yelling became louder and louder and I was forced to ask our waiter if he could do anything about it. He was incredibly gracious and sympathetic and said he would get his manager to say something. In five minutes we see the manager walk angrily towards them. First he asked that the adults keep their kids in line. When the parents hemmed and hawed about “kids will be kids,” he then told them firmly that he had gotten complaints from other diners and if the kids did not behave they would have to leave. Cue the dirty looks that table gave us. That’s when one of the adults got up to try and shush the kids, pointing out that the “bad manager” is going to throw them (the kids) out if they keep “playing.” That’s right, she described their incessant noise assault at 200,000 decibels as “playing.” Other diners were throwing dirty looks at that table the entire time.

The kids behaved for about 10 seconds. As soon as the “bad manager” left they started up again, louder than before if that was even possible. A server quickly got the manager again. Instead of confronting that table again, he just decided to expedite those zoo animal’s dinner order to get them out as quickly as possible. We were the only table to hear the discussion and said we’d wait on our order if it would get that family out of here quicker. That got us another round of free apps and drinks.

Within 15 minutes their food was out. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief when the kids started eating. Finally! Then suddenly we saw a fry sailing in the air. And another, and another, accompanied by shouts and wails from those zoo animals. Those monkeys were having a food fight! In the restaurant! One by one the rest of the diners fall silent and stared as the zoo animals continued food fighting. And what did the adults do? They tried to act like nothing was wrong. The servers started bringing out takeout containers and bags. One of them got the manager. The manager just presented the bill without a word and the servers started boxing all the food. By now other diners were openly and loudly commenting on “disgraceful parenting.”

The entire party paid the bill without a word and trooped out with their screeching monkeys in tow while the entire restaurant watched them walk the walk of shame punctuated with harsh comments about the lack of parenting. The minute the door closed behind them the entire restaurant applauded the manager. We got a good discount on our bill that night.

Signed, Sam

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Saffie April 15, 2017 at 2:02 pm

I sincerely hate crap like that. My children are, last time I checked, children. That proclamation did NOT entitle them to act like fools in public places! My kids looked at brats like this with disdain, as they were able to sit in a chair for more than five minutes and keep quiet! Hey, I'm doing my job as a mom, get off your lazy asses and do the same! And if you can't, lock the zoo animals in their cages and slop them every five hours or so. Don't bring them out so we have to deal with them. That's why more and more restaurants are creating "no children under 12" policies; because of people like this!


Spammie March 2, 2018 at 4:05 pm

Same. I detest going to eat with my inlaws because their kids are exactly the kids from this story. Meanwhile my kids sit there well behaved.


Sarek April 15, 2017 at 2:29 pm

I once visited an work friend's home for dinner. They had 2 girls who were ANGELS throughout dinner, being quiet, asking politely for more juice, and asking to be excused when done,d

As I was leaving, I told my friend that his girls were incredibly well behaved. Instead of replying, "thank you," he said, "I know." [this was before "The Empire Strikes Back"] He said that he had experienced many unruly kids and he had determined that his were NOT going to be like that!


Sabrina April 15, 2017 at 6:50 pm

I blame the parents.


Jodi April 24, 2017 at 3:55 pm

I understand kids under 2 being loud. They are learning to talk and such. But older than that, they should know how to use an "indoor" voice. You start teaching them as soon as they are able to talk!!


Jay May 25, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Monkeys. What can you do?


jonesnori September 17, 2017 at 8:19 pm

There are certainly kids that can't learn to behave, for various reasons, but maybe it would be best to take them to ChuckECheese or a picnic ground or something similar. I am not a parent, so can only guess what would work for such children. I do think most kids are able to learn appropriate restaurant behavior, though.


Kristie November 18, 2017 at 1:33 am

This is great I got an earful from a mom today because my kids were very well behaved and I could take them anywhere starting at age two. Well this mom went off saying she did her best but her boy was just out of control and nothing she could do. Well great I said then don't bring him to places where he can ruin my lunch, my shopping experience or my movie. I'm trying to inform mom's that no one wants to trip over or be ran into by your child. It is so inconsiderate to have that "he is just a child" when he is running, screaming touching everything because you just can't keep them in line. Oh and btw do you tip like 30% at restaurants for the extra time, trips ,patience, and horrible mess your kid leaves. Also all the complaints from other tables they have to try and smooth over because of the screeching? No you don't and you would never even think to. I got another poor me reply from her so I thinking nothing got threw.


Spammie March 2, 2018 at 4:08 pm

No. I have raised 3 boys and none of them act like that. Next time tell her that she could teach him how to behave in public. She could also act like a parent instead of a friend. No one really knows how to parent but adults know what appropriate behavior is and it's up to them to teach their kids.


Bridget May 16, 2018 at 7:25 pm

All the screaming and acting up remind me of a British movie titled "The Children" that came out about10 or 11 years ago. Long story short, these kids were infected with a virus that made them scream, act up, and turn homicidal against their parents. The movie kids and the real-life kids should be taught manners before going out in public!


Whylieto soundcool October 18, 2019 at 11:49 pm

None of this happened…okay story though.


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