February 2, 2006

Some Children’s Parents!

Filed under: Uncategorized — chapterhouse @ 12:44 pm

Oy! We had dinner at one of our favorite places last night, Celebration Restaurant. They serve great food, homestyle, and it’s all you can eat. The food has been consistently excellent in the twenty-something years I’ve been going there. Last night, one of Tomcat’s Masonic groups hosted the dinner in honor of Valentine’s Day for the ladies (yes, I know, a little early, but that’s okay!)

There were 16 people and we had a “private room,” which, unfortunately, did not have a DOOR that we could CLOSE. About 20 feet away, in another room, these awful people had their two young boys whom they would not control. These kids, maybe four and three, were skuh-REEM-ing pretty much nonstop, to the point that we in the next room were have to shout to hear each other! Not only that, at various times they would be on the floor so that the waiter had to step over them. Not only that, at other times, they ran around the restaurant into other dining rooms. I saw the older boy stomping on a styrofoam to-go box until it was dead. It was unbelievable. The other diners in the place erupted into applause when they finally left.

The manager’s response was, well it’s a family restaurant. We did tell them to keep the children in their seats (uh, that didn’t work, did it?). The group is supposed to meet again there next week, wives invited. I don’t think so.

Is it just me, or do you think management should have asked them to leave?



  1. Even family restaurants have standards. I have worked at many and I think they should have done something. I can’t beleive they let their kids act like that! Ours know better. We would leave.

    Comment by dawn marie — February 2, 2006 @ 10:17 pm | Reply

  2. It’s not just you. Nor is it just you and me. The applause of the other patrons tells the story.

    Our local paper runs a weekly column by John Rosemond on child rearing. In a recent one (3-4 weeks ago) he discussed controlling children (of ALL ages) at restaurants. One of his suggestions for parents unWILLING(!) to control their kids is to got to a Chuck E. Cheese. There, noise, screaming and moving around (if not running) is acceptable and expected. At a place where such behavior is NOT acceptable, management should ask twice, then ask those idiots to take their kids somewhere else.



    Comment by Duke_of_Earle — February 3, 2006 @ 6:52 am | Reply

  3. Oh yes, they should have asked them to leave if they could not control their children. Not to be to old fashion but when did it become exceptable to let kids run the show. I have seen that more and more. A while back, I was invited to dinner at the Lakewood Country Club. We might as well been at Chucky Cheeses with the way the children ran wild.–>

    Comment by Anonymous — February 5, 2006 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

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