Restaurant Gives Parents Discount for 'Well-Behaved Kids' & Sets Dangerous Precedent

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restaurant receiptAs any parent knows, eating out in a restaurant with children can be a bit of a dicey game. Sometimes your kids are angels, and other times you just want to crawl under the table ... if it wasn't such a horrific mess from all the food they'd thrown down there. But what if your bill depended on how well-behaved your children were?

A Reddit user recently posted a picture of a receipt from an Italian restaurant in Washington named Sogno Di Vino with a title "If only all restaurants did this for people with kids ..." On it there was a $4 discount for "well-behaved kids". A sweet gesture, and I bet those parents were pretty proud.

But the whole thing makes me kind of nervous.

Can you imagine if you were charged more for those times when your children aren't quite so good (as plenty of commenters suggested should be standard)? Or if the next time you didn't get a discount?

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Eating out with children is already filled with plenty of pressure for parents. Every raised voice, every dropped spoon can make a mom feel like all eyes in the joint are searing into her. And yes, sometimes children are out of control and should be removed from a restaurant. No one deserves for their meal to be interrupted by kids gone wild, but there also needs to be a certain amount of tolerance for families dining out without parents feeling like they're being judged even more. Most children just aren't going to be seen and not heard, and as long as mom and dad are making sure they're not heard too loudly, they deserve a little bit of a break. Having a random waitress decide what "well-behaved" is could be all sorts of problematic. I also can't imagine that restaurants really want to get into a battle over the bill with "those" parents who always deny their precious little ones ever do anything wrong.

Would it be nice to be rewarded when the planets align and you all make it through dinner delightfully? Absolutely. But I'm not sure it's worth the price you'd pay for the days when your kids act more ... like kids.

Would you welcome a policy in which your restaurant bill was adjusted according to your children's behavior?


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Flori... Floridamom96

I'm all for it! It initiates me that I work so hard for my children to behave themselves only to go out on a date and get stuck with someone else's poorly behaved children.

Flori... Floridamom96

Infuriates, not initiates! Stupid autocorrect!

Mom2f... Mom2fourlove

Agree with floridamom!!

nonmember avatar Carly

No restaurant its going to be stupid enough to charge for rowdy children. However, I doubt that they'll start discounting in a regular basis. I'm betting that restaurant had seen obnoxious kids all day, and they were thankful for a break.

we2an... we2angels

Two articles up there's a good example of what bad kids get you. Heck ya I'd love a discount! I'd brag about it openly! Love it when my kids show I actually raised kids that act decent in public, not always but usually! I think it's a great idea!

nonmember avatar Tiff

I work in fast food. It's becoming so rare to not just have well behaved children but ones with good manners. When I notice a well behaved child or one that knows manners, I go out of my way to give an extra treat (after asking the parent first). I make sure I tell the little one I was watching and saw how we'll they used please or thank you or that they didn't run and listened well. I've had people with 3 year olds cussing or slapping each other demand the same treatment then look clueless when I say no or tell them I won't reward bad behavior. You're bad child is not entitled to anything. If they can't behave in restraunts, take your food to go. I do it with my 3 year old on his bad days, you can too.

Caera Caera

Charging for rowdy childrend is an awesome idea. $10 per kid per hour, that way, the parents who weren't stupid and got the bad kids out of there quickly aren't penalized too much.

tbruc... tbrucemom

A private company can give a discount as it sees fit. Of course they're not going to charge extra for kids that don't behave, but if they want to give a discount for whatever reason they have that right. Sorry if your kids don't get you one.

Felly... FellyScarlett

I wish they charged for bratty children! Then maybe their parents would keep them home or teach them some manners.

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