That one's gonna get me into trouble, I think.
Not too long ago, there was a story that made the national news--the owner of a restaurant in Portland, Maine got enough of a screaming child and, when the parents didn't do anything about it, she sounded off at the child. The kid finally shut up. By all accounts, that was a huge relief to the restaurant staff and other diners. But opinions on social media were divided. Some applauded the owner for taking action. Some said no matter what, she was out of line for yelling at a child under any circumstances.
Me? I'm on the owner's side.
It may take a village, but when it comes to putting up with other people's unruly kids, I prefer the hermit lifestyle to being part of the village. I've had to deal with unsupervised kids here in our apartment complex, with parents who not only don't discipline their kids but encourage bad behavior. Even after the police were recently called, the kids are still a problem.
I've been in restaurants where loud, disruptive children caused other diners (myself included) to get up and leave without eating. I've been in a situation where some kid tried to take things, including food, off our table and the parents still did nothing. Of course that's going to make restaurant owners and managers angry, too. They don't want to lose business because somebody chooses to let their kids run wild.
This establishment in England has the right idea. (Okay, they went for a humorous response, but the message is clear!)
If I had behaved so badly when I was a child, Mom and Dad would have immediately taken me home. When Collin was little, he was always well-behaved in public. Well, almost always. There was one tantrum--it lasted all of a minute. Had he been a problem child, though, we would have been getting our food to go.
Tell me what you think. Should unruly children be allowed to ruin restaurant meals, movies, etc. for others, or should proprietors be allowed to make the parents take their kids and leave?