Originally Posted by CrunchyTamara
It is just normal here. I have never been to a restaurant that DIDN`T have children running around.
I have never understood why it isn`t safe to let a child walk freely in a restaurant. I have never, ever heard of a child getting hurt while running around a restaurant here in Norway.
Well, I've never travelled or dined outside of the US (well, not as an adult anyway). I have, however, waited an awful lot of tables in the US. Maybe because it is NOT the norm to allow children to wander here, the servers aren't used to watching for little ones under foot. If you are carrying a 20 lb. tray of hot plates and full glasses and you get off balance, someone gets hurt. I came close to scalding a child once because I had a sizzle platter on a tray and tripped over a child. The platter (about 300 degrees hot) went flying -- I actually kicked it away from the child before it hit. That, of course, resulted in an injury to me and burn on the floor. But at least it didn't hit the child. I did loose my job though, because I couldn't work the rest of my shift due to burned leg/foot.
Kids move fast, in unpredictable patterns, and well below eye level (especially if the restaurant expects you to carry your trays up high, which requires you to keep your head up for balance/posture). It is really easy to step on them, to trip and have them get hit by something you were carrying, or for them to try to touch a really hot dish on a tray stand.
At any rate, in a restaurant with hot, heavy plates and servers carrying trays, they really can get hurt very easily. Thus they shouldn't be down and wandering unsupervised.