Restaurant-Goers Write Nasty Note to Parents of 10-Month-Old Who Ruined Their Dinner

highchair feetIt seems there will never be an end to the stories of uptight restaurant patrons being outraged -- simply outraged! -- at the indignity of being subjected to the sound of children -- children! -- while eating a meal. Case in point: Two Idaho diners who recently wrote a nasty note to the family of a babbling 10-month-old baby at the next table.

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Certainly this must have happened at a fancy establishment, you're thinking. Somewhere kids aren't expected to be. But nope, this most recent display of hating-on-kids-in-restaurants happened at a Texas Roadhouse in Boise -- which, as an actual rep for the restaurant told a news station, is the type of place that's "proud to be loud. If you want to hear clinking wine glasses and clinking forks, then this probably isn’t the place for you."

So, keeping that in mind, it seems truly outrageous that two "middle-aged" women dining at the Texas Roadhouse would be so put out by the sound of a 10-month-old yelling at the next table that they would actually write a note to the baby's parents and slam it down on their table before returning to their seats -- but that's exactly what they did. This is the note:

An Idaho mother says a woman slammed a note on her table accusing her 10-month-old son of ruining their dinner at a...

Posted by WTSP 10 News on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Does that handwriting look mentally unbalanced to anyone else? Anyway, the restaurant thankfully sympathized with the family, comping their meal and telling the irate women that they could finish their meal but then had to leave quietly. Yay, Texas Roadhouse! 

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Because, as we said before, it's a family-friendly restaurant: high chairs, kid menus, and most of all, a tolerant attitude toward the noise that young families are most definitely going to make. If you don't like kids, you know what? Definitely don't go to a Texas Roadhouse, cause there will probably be kids there. (Same goes for a ton of other similar places.) There are plenty of dining options for adults out there, but honestly not that many for kids. I have three -- including a baby that's the same age as the yelling kid at Texas Roadhouse -- so I know this to be true. I can also vouch for the fact that it's pretty much impossible to force small children to be quiet under any circumstances, barring the use of gags and/or drugs, both of which tend to be frowned-upon methods. I mean, the mom in this story really summed up the struggle perfectly in a Facebook post to KTVB-TV:

"He will yell when I tell him no, when he's super excited and happy or just for no reason at all," she wrote. "I'm doing my best to teach him indoor voice and to not yell back at me when telling him no etc., but he is only 10 (almost 11 months) and LEARNING."

Exactly! He's a baby. A baby! He's just beginning the process of learning how to be a human being in the world. The women who wrote the mean note to his parents, meanwhile, have been around for a while -- so what's their excuse for behaving so horribly? I'm just so glad that the restaurant supported the family in this situation, and I hope other restaurants follow suit when this kind of thing inevitably happens again.

 

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