People are Congratulating a Diner Owner After She Screamed at a Crying Two-Year-Old

People are Congratulating a Diner Owner After She Screamed at a Crying Two-Year-Old

Even most parents understand that crying kids are annoying – but how far are complete strangers allowed to go because someone else’s child is bothering them? The owner of one diner descended into a full-on psychotic rage, screaming at the toddler and slamming her hands on the customers’ table, and what’s worse, people are applauding her for it (caution for profanity).

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Darla Neugebauer is the owner of Marcy’s Diner in Portland, Maine. Her diner has become the center of a massive controversy after Neugebauer yelled at a screaming child last week.

The mother of the child, Tara Carson, wrote about the experience in a now-deleted Facebook post on the diner’s page, setting off a swarm of Facebook commenters arguing about whether the owner had the right to yell at a patron’s crying child.

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The next day, the diner’s page addressed the incident again, writing that the screaming child didn’t stop for over half an hour and that the Carsons should have taken her outside.

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“I felt helpless as a mom that, you know, I couldn’t do anything to help her,” Tara Carson told KVUE reporters. “I can’t explain why there’s crazy people in this world that behave like that.”

“I slammed my hands on the table and said, ‘This needs to stop’ — meaning her screaming — and I pointed at her and she looked at me and she stopped,” Neugebauer told KVUE.

“I might have used poor judgment,” she said. “I wouldn’t say I was sorry, because it stopped. When things stop, it’s usually a good thing.”

It’s very possible that the parents are jerks who ignored their crying kid and should have taken them outside… but it doesn’t excuse this woman’s insane behavior. Any good business owner would never behave in such a manner. It is one thing to ask the parents politely to leave; it is quite another to scream at a toddler, slam her hands on the table, and leave psychotic, profanity-laced rants on Facebook threatening physical violence. How is any of this woman’s behavior acceptable?

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