How a Restaurant Owner Handled a Crying Kid is Being Condemned And Praised [Video]

How a Restaurant Owner Handled a Crying Kid is Being Condemned And Praised [Video]

I don’t blame this restaurant owner one tiny bit here. We’ve all been in restaurants and stores where children scream non-stop and it drives us nuts. Tell me you’ve never had the urge to go over and tell a child to knock it off… we all have. Maybe the owner overreacted a bit, but I think it was appropriate. I also think the parents are lying in the video. They act like the child was only crying for a few minutes, when she was hollering for an hour over pancakes the parents ordered for her and then wouldn’t let her have. When our children behaved this way, we took them outside until they quit. You just don’t let your child carry on like this. It is your job as a parent to discipline your child and it doesn’t matter what the State or the public thinks about it. To not do so it to harm the child and their future. Not to mention driving everyone around you bonkers.

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From IJReview:

Almost everyone has been in a public place when a small child was screaming or crying continuously.

But when this happened over the weekend at Marcy’s Diner in Portland, Maine, the owner had had enough of it.

Darla Neugebauer told WLBZ-TV that the couple ordered pancakes for the two-year old girl but placed them out of her reach, which caused her to cry loudly. After this went on for some time and the parents ignored her request to leave or take the child outside, Neugebauer said:

“I slammed my hands on the counter and I said, ‘This needs to stop.’ – meaning her screaming. And I pointed at her, and she looked at me, and she stopped.”

The girl’s mother, Tara Carson, was astonished that Neugebauer would yell at a child.

After they paid their bill and left, Carson went to the diner’s Facebook page to leave a comment (which has since been removed). It read, in part:

“Who in their right mind would behave like this unless you are deranged. You have a problem with a child crying then you are not suitable to run a business.”

Many others commented on the Facebook page as well, with some lauding Neugebauer’s reaction:

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…and others criticizing it. As one person pointed out:

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As for Neugebauer, she’s not apologizing for her actions:

“Life’s full of choices and you’ve got to live with all of them. I chose to yell at a kid (and) it made her shut up, which made me happy, it made my staff happy, it made the 75 other people dining here happy, and they left, they may never come back, other people may not come in — their loss, really.”

Marcy’s Diner has been serving downtown Portland customers for over a quarter century.

When one of our daughters was small, my husband took her shopping. She decided to pull the tantrum tactic. He pulled her up right in front of everyone and God and informed her that if she thought he would not spank her right there, she was sadly mistaken. She didn’t do it again. That was a different time. Now, you can go to jail or lose your child for doing that. But the least the parents could have done was either feed her or take her to the car until she stopped. To be so rude and uncaring of everyone around you is just disgusting. Yep, the owner lost her temper and slammed her hands on the counter and yelled at the child to stop it. And you know what? She did. Then the parents were outraged. Why? Because someone finally had to do what they wouldn’t do as parents. Shame on them.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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