Originally Posted by IceMan
I generally can't stand kids. I don't want them anywhere I go out to eat. Little kids should all be on an island somewhere far away. People choosing to have kids should be stuck with them at all times. You wanted them ... you keep them.
Now THAT's a post that lives up to your name!
Originally Posted by panini
Now, as an old fart, nothing bothers me, I can tune it out. Heck, I have the ability to tune out my wife and still appear lucid.
Does it work in the CAR? Teach me your WAYS Master!!
No doubt times HAVE changed. In grade school, I pulled a prank at school and got a big paddlin' with a big piece of wood,
wielded by a huge Rancher/Principal. Today he'd be arrested, sued and awarded a child abuser record for such an act.
I had 3 kids 18 months apart, took them out to dinner often. If they acted up, (rarely) I threatened a "trip to the car"
and they'd snap out of it. Only had to DO it once--after that, just the threat was plenty. They were taught to respect
the wishes of those around them. We'd often get compliments, usually from elderlys, about how well behaved they were.
The last 10, 15 years Ive seen a big change, namely a large lack of consideration by the new generation of parents,
where their kids are concerned. Their brats can be squalling loud enough to wake the dead, and they seem deaf to it.
Maybe they actually ARE now. IN a resaturant I maintained, a woman regularly had lunch there with her two kids, a boy and
a girl. The boy about 8 yrs old, would get bored, reach over and pull the fire alarm.
After the third dispatch, it took the Captain threatening a heavy fine next time, to get the owner to do something.
So rather than speak to the woman, he installed an illegal lock on the alarm pull.
I hope to heaven they never have a real fire. For this reason, complaining to the manager rarely works--its a touchy
issue, especially when youre a party of two, they dont know you, and that family-of-5-menu-items comes in all the time.
There's no easy fix here--customers want to enjoy their meal in relative peace, while managers and owners don't want to
turn away or discourage business.