Well Hot Moms, this is a tricky one.
A woman from Nampa Idaho was the recipient of a nasty note dropped off at her restaurant table accusing her of ruining another table’s dinner because of her 10 month old’s screaming. Katie Leach tells KTVB that she was out for dinner with family, including her 10 month old son, when two older ladies dropped a note off at their table which read ‘Thank you for ruining our dinner with your screaming kid. Sincerely, the table behind you.’ (Apparently Katie didn’t save the original note so she had her sister recreate one to post on facebook)
Katie says that she was shocked when the two older women, she estimated to be between 50 and 60, ‘slammed’ the note on her table, but here’s where it gets tricky. Katie admits that her son’s ‘new thing’ is yelling. She said “He will yell when I tell him no, when he’s super excited and happy or just for no reason at all,” Leach wrote on a Facebook post to KTVB. “I’m doing my best to teach him indoor voice and to not yell back at me when telling him no etc, But he is only 10 (almost 11 months) and LEARNING.” She goes on to tell KTVB in an interview that her son will yell at the top of his lungs for no reason at all.
Now, those of us with kids will understand that kids just do that, but I can’t say that I’d take my baby out to eat at a busy restaurant if he was in his ‘yelling’ phase. I remember that from about 10 months old until almost 2 years old were the ‘non-restaurant’ months in my house, because it was such a tough age to take kids out during. I don’t think passively agressively slamming a note on a table telling someone that their screaming child ruined their meal is the answer, but I also think the parents need to take some responsibility here. Just because you think your child’s screaming phase is cute doesn’t mean anyone else does.
Leach complained about the women to the manager who asked the women to finish their meals and then leave. He said “We’re in the hospitality business. We want all our guests to have a great experience,” said Travis Doster, a spokesman for Texas Roadhouse. “We were voted one of the loudest restaurants by Consumer Reports. We are proud to be loud. If you want to hear clinking wine glasses and clinking forks, then this probably isn’t the place for you.”
I completely agree that you have to be aware of your surroundings and that you can’t expect a meal at a Texas Roadhouse to be quaint and quiet, but is it too much to ask to not have to listen to screaming babies who are screaming just because they can? I’m really torn on this Hot Moms, because I think I’d be just as annoyed if I were trying to enjoy a meal out (that I was paying for) and I had to sit through a baby constantly screaming. I’m pretty sympathetic to baby sounds and regular kids getting excited and cranky at dinner, but yelling at the top of their lungs because it’s fun would be frustrating. I would just ask to move to another table away from the yelling baby so as to not offend that family and so I would be as far away as possible. Thoughts?