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Ate at a small restaurant, hoping for relaxed meal. Couple came in with child who screamed and cryed throughout. It was only by the time I'd finished eating that they took the child outslde.

 

Now trying to think what the most reasonable approach would be that would salvage some enjoyment for myself. I'm thinking I'd just ask for doggie bags and finish the meal at home. 

 

Is this the preferred option, or are there better ones?

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Having been a cranky baby (a long time ago) and being parent of several children I'm tempted to say "these thing happen. Please try to be as sympathetic as possible."

But a responsible parent would have taken the child out until the crying fit was resolved. I understand your unpleasant experience.

once my child was cooing and talking a bit in a BBQ joint when a nearby diner (1) yelled at him (2) complained to the waiter and (3) threatened to make me pay his bill because we ruined their dining experience. And the kid was just being a happy baby... Not even crying! All of these responses were inappropriate and nearly led to a fight... But I refuse to punch grumpy old men and grumpier old ladies.

When in your shoes I have done my best to grin and bare the situation, but with a bit of staring and a few sighs and comments like "bless his heart; the little tyke is tired, hungry, or would rather be at home". But that doesn't work. I've never done the doggie bag routine but reserve the right to exercise that option.

So what kind of restaurant was it?
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I would try to assess the the reactions of other people in the establishment (workers and guests both).

 

If the majority appear to side with me, I would then say something to the management. If I appeared to be in the minority, I would let go of the situation. Then I would decide what would be best for me personally, whether to eat or bag and go.

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post #4 of 7

I prefer crying over laughing

post #5 of 7
Who - the child or you???????
post #6 of 7

The parents should be given a ticket from the common sense police for having something they can't control. I know when my kids were small we would take the kid outside until the crying jag was over. If it didn't end we left. 


Edited by ChefBillyB - 2/20/16 at 7:52am
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Originally Posted by Powerdog View Post
 

Ate at a small restaurant, hoping for relaxed meal. Couple came in with child who screamed and cryed throughout. It was only by the time I'd finished eating that they took the child outslde.

 

Now trying to think what the most reasonable approach would be that would salvage some enjoyment for myself. I'm thinking I'd just ask for doggie bags and finish the meal at home. 

 

Is this the preferred option, or are there better ones?


You can even complain whilst the turmoil, but it will never get better, the parents will stare back with that "I know it was you, bitch" look in the face, you will have to bother to talk to someone, probably the aftermath will be so uncomfortable the experience will be already ruined. This advice might be a s****, but I'm often out with headphones because some music just fits so well some landscapes and places, a good playlist to mute kids crying is a good option though I never did that. I do believe however the ideal music also enhance your gastronomic experience. I never had the bad luck to face kids screaming and crying enough to ruin my moment though I try to be comprehensive with parents as much as possible.  

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