Parenting

Angry Diners Hand a Nastygram to Mom Whose Baby Screamed in Restaurant

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Photo via Katie Leach

 

If you’re a parent of small children, then you understand how unpredictable little ones can be when you take them out to a restaurant.  I can remember countless times when my children began to cry or be overly boisterous in a restaurant and my face turned a hot shade of red. I shuddered with embarrassment at the stares of onlookers.

Katie Leach, a mother in Nampa, Idaho, recently experienced an embarrassing episode with her 10-month-old son at her local Texas Roadhouse restaurant. Leach says that her son’s “new thing” is screaming. In a Facebook post that she wrote to KTVB-TV:

He will yell when I tell him no, when he’s super excited and happy, or just for no reason at all. I’m doing my best to teach him indoor voice and to not yell back at me when telling him no, etc., but he is only 10–almost 11-months and LEARNING.

It is perfectly natural for a baby of his age to yell and exercise his ability to make sounds, but not all people understand this fact. Leach says that while they were eating their dinner, two women who looked to be in their early 50s and 60s approached her table. They slammed down a note in front of her and then returned to their table.

The note read, “Thank you for ruining our dinner with your screaming kid. Sincerely, the table behind you.” Most likely in shock that anyone would actually do something like this, Leach approached the women and tried to explain that her son is young and is still learning. The women proceeded to compare Leach’s baby to their apparently perfect grandchildren, claiming that they would never act in that manner.

Leach told the restaurant manager what had taken place and after speaking with the two very disgruntled and cranky women, he offered to buy the meal for Leach’s family. The restaurant said that they are welcome to come back any time in the future.

Travis Doster, a spokesman for the Texas Roadhouse, said, “We’re in the hospitality business. We want all our guests to have a great experience.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 audacity of some people is astounding. Don’t worry, Katie, we have all been there and you handled it with grace and dignity even though those women deserved a motherly smack-down!