If you go out for a luxury supper with your family and it’s ruined, you probably won’t be too impressed, especially if you spent a lot of money for the occasion. That’s what happened to a family when a family with a number of loud children took the seat next to them.
She expressed her frustration on Mumsnet about the children acting up at the table across from her, claiming they were yelling and banging utensils against the surface. She filed a complaint as a consequence and received a free bottle of wine, but she was still looking for more.
She stated: “Last night at 7.30 p.m., four of us made reservations at an expensive restaurant.”Ten minutes or so after we had seated ourselves, a couple entered the room pulling a buggy while carrying 2 extra kids. They had a seat at the table right next to us.”
The Mumsnetter continued by outlining the trouble the kids were up to in her writing, saying: “One kid kept knocking his spoon off the table, another kept crawling up the wide windowsill till he was directly behind my head, and the baby was fascinated by the dad playing peek-a-boo as she screamed. This continued forever.
“We requested a change in seating arrangements. There were none on hand. The toddler then joined in the crying after getting tired and angry, and the infant began crying loudly.”We complained on the way out since we didn’t have dessert. Our bill was reduced by the cost of a bottle of wine.
“Am I being unfair in thinking that expensive restaurants that charge a fortune ought to have a procedure for handling circumstances like this? We spent a lot of money on a meal that we were unable to enjoy.”
Many others didn’t agree that the woman should have voiced her complaint in the comments since they believed she was making a big deal out of nothing.”Sounds irritating, but it’s simply poor luck,” one person wrote. You got a free bottle of wine. I doubt the family will take the kids out late again for a while, despite their best efforts to entertain them.
Another expressed a little more understanding, writing: “A lot of nice restaurants don’t accept kids during dinner dining hours, and I believe that’s okay.
They’ll let “well-behaved children” attend lunch, which I believe is a good idea because it would discourage me from bringing a toddler or baby. However, because my children are big enough to sit still for extended periods of time, I could bring them, so that’s okay.
“I am sorry that your meal got spoiled. Given how rare such occasions are, I would have felt the same if I had gone out with my husband alone.”Some others backed the children, with one saying: “Therefore, parents shouldn’t be allowed to eat out? Toddlers may create sounds, and babies cry. You’re eating in a public restaurant.”
Someone noted that people are never content, saying: “People would have likely been complaining about it also if these kids had been glued to screens while sitting at the table in silence. For whatever reason, there is a common belief in the UK that children’s and adults’ worlds shouldn’t interact all that much.”