Restaurant's Discount for 'Well Behaved Kids' Is an Insult to Good Parents (PHOTO)

kidsAnother day, another interesting receipt hitting the internet. This time, a Japanese restaurant in Calgary, Canada discounted parents $5 for their "well-behaved kids" on Mother's Day. While it's nice(ish) to see a restaurant receipt that has something positive to say about children, as opposed to incredibly rude and nasty comments, this really isn't necessary.

 

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When parents take their kids out to eat, it's a crap shoot. We can have the most normally-pleasant children in the world, but if they happened to have missed a nap; are teething; or just are in a chance crappy mood, it can be a bloodbath. And know who it sucks the most for, people? Yep, the parents! No, nobody wants to sit through a meal where some random kid is crying, but when it's your kids, you're the person who feels the back of their skull on fire from the hole that's begun to form from all the evil stares. You're the one who feels like a shitty parent (Why are everyone else's kids behaving?!). You're the one who has to hurriedly ask the waiter to box up the food and bring you your check because your children have morphed into feral animals sometime between being seated and getting the bread basket. Being the person who has to deal with a rowdy child(ren) at a restaurant is punishment enough ... there's no need for rude remarks on receipts to compound things.

And conversely, when our kids do behave when we're out for a meal, it's like a thousand angels looked directly into our hearts and sang a song in unison. The calm and peacefulness of enjoying a meal, where you can actually converse with other adults (and get envious glances in the process), trumps a $5 discount any day of the week. Really, that's all we want.

Restaurant staff, childless folk, and parents with grown or incredibly behaved kids: Please understand that we want our children to behave when we're out to eat as much as you do. Probably even more so. And all the monetary incentives and stink eyes in the world won't ever change that. But hey, thanks for the offer!

What do you think of discounts for good behavior in restaurants?

 

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SRTmo... SRTmom6127

I know this will be unpopular BUT........unless your bill says +$5.00 for a child that needs to be taught manners then I can't object. Parents with children who behave well  and do not disturb others should be rewarded, it's a tough job! Maybe if that happened more my grandsons would learn how to not disturb others when we go out, I tried but was told by the 8 year old your not my mom, thankfully we only go out twice a year when we fly in to see them. 

nonmember avatar Brandy

Have to agree that I applaud the discount, sometimes we have bad days and our kids do too but sometimes it's a matter of raising the children to behave in public and I'd reward a family with behaved children as well. Eating out isn't a necessity that everyone needs to have, children should be able to behave at those times.

TheSi... TheSilence

I don't get your issue with this. It's not like they're punishing you for naughty behavior.

Gypsy... Gypsyqueen4life

I don't really see where the problem is here!????  I think that it would be a compliment, reflection, acknowledgment & "Great Job" & a pat on the back for doing a normally thankless job, that in my opinion, most parents would appreciate & welcome!!

gogoh... gogohas2babies

I don't think this news worthy. Places used to give out stuff all the time when I was kid. Do the writers on here get paid by the word? Regardless of newsworthy stuff?

Happy... Happydad73

Taking our kids out to eat was never a crap shoot. You behave like you are suppose to or the consequences are such that acting up is not an option. Never once threw a tantrum out in public either.

Sarah... SarahHall58

I think it's just fine. They aren't charging for bad behavior. That would be different. But a nice bonus discount for good behavior is lovely.

nonmember avatar Alexandra

Awesome idea! Maybe some parents will pay attention to their children and realize them hitting others with sraws, or dropping food onto othersover the booths, or writing on walls, or screaming as parents sit idly by, or running (I saw one trip a waittress and the parents were mad at the waittress!!!!)around, and my personal favorite thumping silverware, dishes to and throwing utensils. If this encourages parents to realize their kids are misbehaving and it isn't cute (Check STFU Parents)than I'm all fo rit!

nonmember avatar anonymous

I work at a restaurant and dont understand why yall have a problem with the discount. It's a nice gesture for managment to acknowledge your kids are behaving properly. I dont agree with the article either. 9 times out of 10 when children are behaving improperly in our restaurant the parents are not rushing to get the check, things together, etc. They sit there and let their kids run around going batshit crazy. My guess is that the restaurant had so many children misbehaving that day that their well behaved kids stuck out like a sore thumb and management decided to knock off a few bucks.

nonmember avatar Nyota Uhura

I wish ALL restaurants would offer this option. Out-of-control kids are becoming the norm, not the exception. When my girls were small and acted disruptively, we would immediately go outside for a timeout, or home, if necessary. That's just Responsible Parent and Courteous Restaurant Patron 101. Maybe the lazy and indifferent parents will get a clue from this discount -- which, yes, rewards good parents of good kids.

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