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1/25/12 10:28 A

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See, this is where I would lose my job. I have a very hard time keeping my mouth shut when parents and their kids run wild. God bless you!

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MAIM138's Photo MAIM138 Posts: 961
1/18/12 11:40 A

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I feel like six is when they REALLY start to get annoying. I think it's maybe because I feel like they should know better, so it makes it worse.

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1/17/12 8:00 P

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Mike Vuick the owner of the PA restaurant that banned 6 year olds put it concisely when he said, "You know, their child — maybe as it should be — is the center of their universe. But they don't realize it's not the center of the universe." (link below)

You know you'll be in trouble if you say something to them though, right? They'll either say "How dare you tell me how to..." blah blah blah or totally dismiss you b/c "you'll understand when you have kids..."



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1/4/12 2:07 P

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Why do people insist on taking their spawn everywhere with them? Couldn't tell you how many angry parents have demanded to speak to a manager when I tell then that no, a espresso bar on a university campus does not have a kid's menu.

Truthfully, when I was a kid my parents and family friends (along with their kids) sometimes went to a local bar for dinner. But if any of us had acted in such a disrespectful manner, it would not have been tolerated.

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1/2/12 5:01 P

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Right now there's a table with two adults and five kids in our brewpub. The kids have, in addition to throwing fries all over the floor, somehow each acquired two [cloth] napkins and are tying them around their heads and necks. The adults are talking amongst themselves.

REALLY?

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8/10/11 6:30 A

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That does sound like fun, assuming you can avoid the sprogs :).

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8/9/11 8:25 A

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along these lines.... I went to a large state university. The BF and I usually make one pilgrammage a year for a football game (we live in a different state now). Anyway, this year, we are going for the homecoming game and we got a big group of friends to commit. Great! Except that some people are like, "Oh, great, I'll bring my kids". WHAT???? Who thinks bringing kids to a homecoming football game is a good idea??? The stadium holds 55,000 people and many many more will be tailgating. Bad idea!

Fortunately, most of my close friends from college don't have kids, but I am worried the few that do will ruin it. Fortunately, the kid-free contingent bought expensive seats, so we will be pricing the parents out of things, so at least we'll be able to enjoy the game without the sprogs ruining it.

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8/7/11 4:58 P

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Yeah Zippies. It was a half bakery half diner in Hawaii. It was pink and brown and spotted. Very kid friendly!
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8/5/11 6:54 P

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Zippies??? Do tell!

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8/5/11 6:52 P

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We did pizza hut, zippies (you can guess about that one) and later subway (when it was subway train based and they cut the triangle out of the top instead of slicing it length wise) and that was about it. We ate out very rarely but we had to be good or no food. We would even have waitresses comment on how good we were. Mom and dad didn't put up with no garbage.

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8/5/11 8:00 A

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Yeah, when I was a kid, there were 3 places my parents took us. Roy Rogers (my dad was a sucker for the fixin's bar!), The Magic Table, which was a local cheap Italian place, one stop above a pizzeria, and The Great Wall, which was Chinese. All totally family friendly, plus we would go early. If you are dining out late, there is nothing wrong w/ expecting it to be a child-free experience.

And speaking of which (off-topic) - we were NEVER allowed soda unless we were eating out - soda was a special treat. And we were only allowed ONE soda that we had to make last the entire meal.

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8/4/11 7:43 P

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Ugh. Wow. At least when I was a kid, my mom only took us out to family friendly restaurants, and told us we had to be on our best behavior or she'd take us home before we could eat. Worked wonders with us, haha.

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8/4/11 6:05 P

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I saw this topic and totally laughed from experience. A while back my husband, some of his co-workers, and I were at a bar/grill. My husband and his friends are cussing up a storm, drunk as can be, and I keep looking at a table next to us and the guy has his kids with him. Sometimes I wanted to tell my hubby and the guys to watch their language, would get paranoid the guy would say something, then I had to remind myself where we were, and personally kids shouldn't be there. Later more adults joined them with kids with them. Just blew my mind.

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7/21/11 10:51 A

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Yeah, I really hope at least one or two of the parents weren't totally wasted, but who knows. Idiots.

Now that school is out, there are more kids here, all the time. A couple of days ago I opened the bathroom door (a single-person bathroom, so if it's not locked, you gotta think it's unoccupied) to find a very small child scribbling on the wall with chalk. No one at any of the tables seemed the least bit alarmed that they were missing a child. If I weren't an employee I would have said something, but I didn't want to get into it. Finally the little girl came out and went and sat at a table (covered in chalk dust) with some adults deep in conversation. They didn't even seem to notice.

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7/20/11 10:30 P

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How the hell were these drunken parents getting home with their brood? Did they drive? Hell, being drunk and allowing your children to run around unsupervised that way - especially in the way of servers who could accidentally injure them - is child endangerment as far as I'm concerned. Next time you see something like that, call the cops (non-emerg line, of course) and report it. If they pay with a credit card, even better. Get their licence plates, anything. Around here, leaving a child alone in a car for 90 seconds can get you screamed at by police so keeping 10 children with no proper supervision in a brewery surely qualifies as poor parenting.

Ugh. And parents wonder why restaurants are starting to ban small children. Idiots like these are why, and I feel bad for parents who actually, you know, PARENT, and have children you can actually take out places (rare, but they do exist!).

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7/20/11 11:44 A

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Ugh how awful :(

A pub chain in the UK has a policy where adults with children with them are limited to 2 alcoholic drinks and may be asked to leave if it's felt they're staying too long. This is because the pub was concerned about kids having to spend a lot of time in an environment which is clearly not suited for them.

There was such a big stink when they introduced this from parents because god forbid their lives should actually change at all after having kids, they should be able to do whatever they want to do and everyone else can just suck it up (including the poor kids)!

A lot of parents threatened to boycott them but unfortunately you do still get kids in there quite often.


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6/14/11 1:07 P

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I went into the restaurant just now to use the ladies' room. There's a chalk board in there, mostly to discourage people from writing on the walls (this is why we can't have nice things). People mostly just write cutesy stuff on there, "I love so-and-so", "we came all the way from ___ because we love your beer!", etc.

We had been open for 15 minutes, there was ONE table -- a couple with a kid who looks to be about 4 or 5.

When I went in the bathroom, the brand new chalk the server had put in there this morning was already broken in pieces all over the floor and there were child-like scribblings on the board. I also noticed some of the "not-so-child-friendly" things that had been written there earlier were erased.

Ha! ...I think this group is making me hate kids in a brewery even more than I did before.

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6/13/11 10:49 A

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People are such idiots. Every day I lose more faith in humanity.

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6/11/11 4:01 P

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My BF was on my Facebook account, "spying" on this guy we are friends with (or were, I should say). Anyway, it's a long story, but he's married to a really awful woman, has 2 kids and a third "oops" baby on the way.

So the BF sees that they were at this really fancy sushi restaurant close to our house last night. Really, who takes 6 and 8 year olds to sushi? And this place is expensive! He probably spent $300 on dinner for 4 there. Just thinking that if I were out to eat there and some idiot brought his kids, I would be really mad!

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6/11/11 7:29 A

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LOL. The Chuck E. Cheese by my house (FL) DOES serve beer by the pitcher. Even a gallon of beer doesn't make that place do-able, though.

The crap those parents pulled in the restaurant is ridiculous! There seems to be a common thought pattern among parents that everyone loves children. They take their demon spawn out in public and then expect the "village" to help entertain them. I don't see how you or the rest of the staff remained cool, but you are a stronger person than I.


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6/10/11 4:00 P

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I don't work in the restaurant, so I'm not sure what the policy is on automatic gratutities.

The manager, whose last day was Monday, took these peoples' "reservation" (even though we don't DO reservations) before he left. The staff kept referring to it as his going away present. Ha.

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6/10/11 2:01 P

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DEB_IN_NH,
Do I know you from another forum? Just wondered because I know a Deb, in NH, who likes kitties.

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6/10/11 1:43 P

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Wow emoticon I know I tend to overdrink if I find myself trapped with small children but that's not an option for people working.

That is off the charts! Did management have a comment/idea for a future situation? (because you KNOW it's going to happen again).
OMG...Chuckie Cheese needs to think about serving beer and wine. They would probably do great until one of the kids drinks Dad's beer when he's not looking. That was me

Good story, I could picture the brewpub. I think I've been there (without kids). emoticon


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6/10/11 11:27 A

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Ugh, what is WRONG with people??? And if the server or a manager said anything, the parents would have gotten all irritated!

Guess what parents?? Once you have kids, your life CHANGES!

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6/10/11 9:22 A

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People like that suck! They feel they are entitled to do as they please, where they please, and they are passing that attitude onto their offspring. It really does stink that the servers got stiffed. This should be an instance where a minimum service charge applies for being a large party, but your employer may not have that policy.

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6/10/11 6:28 A

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Ugh. The worst part is, they will never know that what they did was not appropriate and totally rude.

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6/10/11 12:33 A

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I work in a brewery with a restaurant/brewpub attached. Yesterday, everyone working in the brewpub was unlucky enough to have to deal with a group of 15 adults who brought 10 kids to the brewery with them. TEN KIDS. The adults had the servers push together three tables for them, and three tables for their kids (There are about 20 tables in the entire restaurant, so they were taking up 6 of 20 tables).

The parents all proceeded to get trashed and completely ignore their children. Our brewery is definitely not a place intended for kids (there are creepy movies being projected, and loud metal playing), and they were running around snickering at the art on the walls, running up and down the hallway where our kitchen staff is constantly carrying heavy or hot stuff back and forth between the kitchen and prep room, and going into the single-stall bathrooms 4 or 5 at a time so no one else could get in. While the parents just sat there drinking and laughing and talking amongst themselves while their children ran around like monkeys.

The worst thing is that they stayed for hours. The parents drunk and the kids completely wired because they'd been drinking sodas the entire time. And since they stayed for hours, our servers made NO money on the three tables occupied by the kids. None. And of course they left a huge mess that the servers who got stiffed had to clean up.

Do people just forget how life works, and lose all sense of how not to be a total jerk just because they reproduce?! Gah.

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