I dont know how we got on this whole line of children as 2nd rate citizens or how annoying they are in restaurants.........WTF??? THat seems WAY OT
Some of us EARLIER were disputing whether a 2yr old should be let out of the booth or out of his seat at all, thus avoiding this whole situation. Not whether they are intitled to make as much noise as the drunk woman at the next table. The OP explained that it was a section out of the way of traffic....... I still think that a 2yr old child shouldnt be let out of his seat/booth whatever, unless the parent is holding their hand...but thats JMHO
As for someone suggesting I "DO SOMETHING ABOUT MY CHILD" comment.....I would take offense to that too, only b/c Im so conscious of teaching my dd how to behave appropriately in a restaurant or anywhere else, and whether her high pitched squeals are annoying other people. I dont take her to the kinds of places where adults as well as children need to keep it down. We get a sitter for that. But in a family restaurant, its totally acceptable to have a child make a little "indoor" noise........
Thats what all of us are doing......raising our children, teaching them what is acceptable.....and where it is acceptable.
As for picking up after my dd makes a mess......I clean up more than I should cos I know in AZ, the wait people make 2bucks an hour....and their tips. So if I cant clean up, I leave a huge tip!
And if the waitperson is rude......take it out of their tip.....I dont think being rude back gets the point across quite effectively as not leaving a tip! I think being rude to the wait staff is very dangerous business, especially when they are bringing your food back. And Im not nice to them just bc I think they might spit in my food or something worse LOL! I just dont think it helps the situation at all, and ends up ruining my meal!
And dont get me started on children or worse, babies in a movie theatre! THats for another thread and one of my peeves!!! Especially at what movie prices are these days! Rent a video, get payperview or hire a sitter!!!
sorry for the rant