so annoyed

Canada
September 29, 2007 9:20am CST
i was eating at a restaurant for supper last night with my 4 year old and my grandmother. there was a little boy about 4 or 5 walking around the restaurant the entire time we were there. going to other tables, touching the cutlery on the clean tables and then sat at the table beside mine and then the mother comes to get him, says to the waitress i was wondering where he had gone, then apologizes. the 1 minute later he's back. mother came back about 10 minutes later to get him again. saying sorry again to one of the waitresses cause he's now behind the counter. i'm like she can't be too sorry if she lets him run around and doesn't do anything or come get him for 10 minutes. anyway then he comes to my table and starts hitting the back of my daughter's seat and then stands there for about 5 minutes. usually i'd say something but my grandmother was there so i dint' want to be rude. but i had to tell the waitress to send him away cause the mom never came. i just don't get how people let their kids do this. it was very frustrating
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14 responses
• United States
29 Sep 07
I agree. I also hate it when people let their children run wild in grocery stores, or shopping centers. They run into people, knock things over.....and where are the parents? Once I was at walmart, and a little girl, around 3 ran into me and almost made me drop my baby! Because I didn't see her, and she ran smack into the back of my legs and almost made my knees buckle! I was heated. I looked all around, and there was no parent to be found! This is ridiculous. Those kids end up on milk cartons! The ones that nobody notices are even gone! Its sad really.
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• United States
8 Jan 09
Thanks for BR!!!
@switlyf (650)
• Philippines
29 Sep 07
well if kids are like that mothers should be much careful and really keeps track of where their child is..as of my case thank god my kid is not like that and if ever she is i dont think i will take her in a restaurant,not that im being rude to my daughter but i dont want other people being bothered by my kid.
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
29 Sep 07
Sounds like Mom did not care about this child. To be gone for 10 minutes...geez all kinds of things could have happened and none of them good. I would have said something to the waitress..and if I was in a bad mood, maybe even to the mother. You are a patient person.
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• Canada
29 Sep 07
when the boy was hitting my daughter's chair i did say to the waitress walking by, "do you know where his mother is". she said to the boy i think someone is calling you. to get him to go to his mom then turns to me it's been like this since they got here. so the waitresses were annoyed too but weren't much help. they didn't want to say anything to the mother as well.
@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
4 Oct 07
I am sorry to say that this seems to be normal for some parents. They feel that they can just take their children in stores and restaurants and let them do what ever they want. While at the local Walgreens store today my mom was inches away from hitting a toddler with her cart as he came running out of an isle. I could not believe that no one seemed to care the child was loose. This child was running around the store now. His mother came after a few minutes had passed. The problem is that when something bad happens to this child the mother will be all up in arms ready to sue and she really has no one to blame but herself. The other night my husband and daughter and myself went to a restaurant. We are not eating cheap so we would like to relax and enjoy. There was a table near us that had two cute little toddler boys, as well as the father, mother and maybe grandmom. The boys are screaming at the top of their lungs and the adults at the table are doing nothing to stop them. It is a shame that they could not control their kids so that the people around them could enjoye their meal too. I paid over fifty dollars for a meal that all I wanted to do was leave not eat. I raised one daughter and she did not run around stores or restaurants. My daughter did not scream in restaurants either. I guess it is just easier to let your kid raise itself.
@Thoroughrob (11756)
• United States
1 Oct 07
It is very annoying when parents don't make their children behave. I don't like to go anywhere with my sister and her kids because all she does the whole time is yell at her kids at the top of her lungs.
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@reinydawn (11650)
• United States
30 Sep 07
It really annoys me also when someone doesn't look after their child. I guess they feel that since they are dining out it's supposed to be a relaxing evening for them so they don't have to watch their kid. I just don't get it. What do you think would happen if someone walked away with the child?? That would easily happen...
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
30 Sep 07
This is irresponsible of both the parent and the restaurant manager. She should have been ask to keep the child seated or to leave. This child could have darted out in front of a server causing a major accident with hot food on him or those near. Then she would have blamed the server for not watching out for the child.
• Bulgaria
30 Sep 07
Really annoying.
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• United States
29 Sep 07
That is totally unacceptable. First, it really is a safety issue because a roaming child could easily go into the kitchen and get hurt or trip a server and get something hot spilled on him. Secondly, it is a health issue if he is touching things on other table. I would think that the restaurant manager should have spoken to the adults in the party and made it clear that for the child's saftey they must keep him at the table. If they continued to ignore his wanderings than they should have been asked to leave becuase he was disturbing other diners. I completely understanding wanting to go out for dinner and needing to take my children along but if they misbehave then we leave. NOW. No waiting or messing around. Food can always be packaged to go after all. I understand about having your grandmother there but I would have excused myself, left the table and hunted down the manager myself. After all, on top of everything else, it was probably hard to keep your child behaving when this boy was setting such a bad example.
@claire03 (1444)
• United States
29 Sep 07
that's really annoying, the mother shouldn't let her little boy roam around everywhere and disturb everyone, that's considered rude. That mother doesn't really care at all, i think she shouldn't just go to a restaurant if she can't discipline her kid.
• United States
29 Sep 07
I can't stand it either. I went to this restaurant where they sit parents with children in one section, across the room from all other tables. I guess the parents think that means the kids can run around and do whatever they want. I had my son, who was 5 months old, so they also put me in this section. Then the waitress brought every child a really hard plastic football to take home. Well half the kids started throwing them in the restaurant! One just missed my sons head by a couple of inches. And it was thrown from a far distance so it would have hurt really bad if it would have hit him. The made sure the mother knew I was mad. She told her son to sit down, but he was back up a minute later. I called the manager over and told him what happened. All he said was that he will start giving out the footballs at the end of their meals instead. There isn't much he can do, it is the parents that need to control their children. People go out to eat to have a nice time. Others should be respectful of that. It is very aggrevating
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@mikeb270 (54)
• United States
29 Sep 07
Some people now days just dont care as long as their kids a bugg other people and not them. That sounds like a bad experiance.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
29 Sep 07
Makes you wonder why these people had children doesn't it? I would have politely said something to the waitress, I am sure your grandmother would have understood..
@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
29 Sep 07
Oh that drives me crazy when parents let their kids do that. And it sounds like that childs mother wasn't paying attention or else she wouldn't have waited ten minutes to find him. My daughter is 5 and I've told her...if another kid comes up to you don't let them touch you and don't let them get too close because they could be sick with a cold or something and give it to you. I can't stand when parents are watching their kids that have snot coming out of their nose, walking over to other little kids and not doing anything. So irritating.
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