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    Quote Originally Posted by Renesme View Post
    I find it hard to believe first of all that the child was screaming for 40 minutes. The owner shouldn't have screamed at the child but instead spoken to the parents. I'm not sure exactly what happened here. Even if the child was screaming for 10 minutes one of the parents should have gotten up and taken the child out.. for a walk etc until they calmed down and then brought her back in. I'd have the sh*ts as another diner if there was a kid literally screaming for 10 minutes. Again though both parties in the article sound like they're full of it a little bit so it makes it hard to comment when you don't know what actually happened.

    However, I don't think it's okay for anyone to yell at someone else's child under any circumstances.
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    There's two sides to every story, and I don't believe either party is being completely honest. Sounds like both parties are exaggerating on the details.

    Sounds to me like the parents weren't making an effort to calm their child and the diner owner was sick of hearing the screaming - and snapped. Both parties should have handled the situation better.

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    Apparently the owner said 'this needs to stop' not shut up...

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    Two threads on this subject have been merged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
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    http://www.pressherald.com/2015/07/1...reaming-child/

    Thoughts? What would you do if you were the waitress/owner? Parents?
    If I were the parents I wouldn't ignore the child and let him cry, we've been taking DS to restaurants since he was 1 but we go when he's not tired, order food asap and bring toys and books and keep him occupied

    If I was the waitress I would realise the parents were unless so probably brought over paper and pencils for the kid or some breadsticks or something for him to munch on while waiting for dinner - same if I was the business owner - if the parents were rude and were actually allowing the child to cry for 40 minutes unattended then yes I may quietly ask them to attend to the child as it is quite distressing to see him so upset and is upsetting the other patrons but not in an aggressive way

    I have a good friend who owns a restaurant and it is quite amazing how many people bring young children and are not organised so she has a stack of colouring in books and toys for them

    Now before kids I would have made snide comments and swore under my breath! But even then would never yell at a child!

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    Sounds like it has been poorly managed (and exaggerated) by all parties.

    In response to a PP, it doesn't matter how prepared I come to a cafe/restaurant, sometimes DS doesn't want a bar of it. I could have toys, books, pencils etc and he will just want to whinge. It's times like that I usually leave before even ordering though, as I know it will be an unpleasant experience for everyone. Annoying, yes, but unfortunately kids don't always follow the plan!

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    If the kid is having the tantrum and the parents are ignoring them then surely logic says you say something to the parents not the kid... Seems a strange logic to step in and try to be the parent...

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    I am glad I'm not the only one that thought there was more to the story and that the diner owner was out of line.

    Like a pp I try and encourage parents when I see them with a tantrumming toddler as I am currently at that stage with my ds. I feel for the parents in this situation, it's hard taking a toddler anywhere when they don't want a bar of it

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    I don't think it's appropriate to yell in a 2 year old's face. However, if it was my child screaming, I wouldn't have let it carry on for more than 2 minutes in a restaurant with other customers. I would've left. The mum says 10 minutes of screaming? That's A LOT!

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    And we finally have the full story from the mother of the toddler

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/poste...what-happened/

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