We’ve all been there: you’re out for dinner when your baby decides to have the most EPIC screaming fit ever. All eyes are on you but nothing you do seems to calm your little one down.
On other side of the story, perhaps you’ve had a night out and left the baby at home, only to have your own meal disrupted by someone else’s screaming child. So what do you make of this?
Katie Leach from Idaho was out with her 10-month-old son Drew, having dinner in a Texas Roadhouse restaurant when Drew decided to do his ‘new thing’ – basically a whole lot of yelling.
Katie explained on Facebook after the event:
‘We all tried quieting him down which a majority of the time he did but he also was so excited to be around all the commotion.
He was not yelling to be mean or because he was mad, it was purely from excitement and being happy.’
About halfway through the meal, two women in their 50s or perhaps 60s approached Katie’s table and put this note down.
Katie did apologise to the women and explained that Drew was only 10 moths old, but she says they replied that they have children and grandchildren who had never behaved like that.
At this point, Katie told the women they were simply being rude and disrespectful.
The restaurant supported Katie in a statement saying:
‘We were voted one of the loudest restaurants by Consumer Reports. We are proud to be loud. If you want to hear clinking wine glasses and clinking forks, then this probably isn’t the place for you.’
The story was shared by a local news station and got a mixed reaction. One viewer said:
‘If your child has a “new thing” of yelling, maybe get your food to go. Don’t be ignorant and let your child yell through dinner, take your child outside like a responsible parent.’
But others were more sympathetic with one person saying saying:
‘People are so ignorant. How dare a baby get excited and express himself in the only way he knows how. You want a quiet dinner, go to a quiet restaurant.’
What do you think?
Were these diners right to give Katie the note? Should she just have left the restaurant so others could enjoy their meal in peace?
Or was she totally within her rights to eat there, even if her baby WAS being a little loud – after all, it is a family restaurant? Tell us your views in the comments below.
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Images from Facebook show a recreated version of the note and Katie with husband Andrew and baby Drew