Filed by Anne Braly
Today I’m touching on a rather delicate subject. Before I begin, let me start by saying I’ve had three screamers of my own, so there’s no need for any “you-haven’t-been-there-so-you-don’t-what-you’re-talking-about” feedback. All others are welcome.
Recently, I was out for dinner. The name of the restaurant doesn’t matter because it could happen anywhere. At the table next to us was a mother, her teen-age daughter and another daughter who appeared to be around two. And man, did she have a set of lungs. For the first few minutes we were there, she was a charmer. That disappeared quickly when she got hungry, though. She started screaming, and to make matters worse, their order took some time. All the while, the screaming continued. The mother received glaring looks but held her ground, not taking the child out of the restaurant or removing themselves to the restroom. The screaming continued for a good 20 minutes.
There’s a dilemma here. Should the restaurant management ask the woman to leave? People were there for a relaxing dinner. We’re not talking McDonald’s Playland here. This was a fairly nice restaurant.
When my daughters were young, I resigned myself to the fact that eating out in a nice restaurant simply would not happen to me for a number of years. We ate a lot of burgers and fries during those years.
Screaming children impose on not just the customers, but also the staff and management. At one point, I thought about having our dinner boxed up to eat at home. But then I thought, why should I be the one to leave? And why on Earth would a mother put her child through that?
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