Last night, I took my mother out to dinner. She’s 94 and we really enjoy these outings because we all realize there might not be one next weekend. She loves an Italian place near her home; we go there on a regular basis and she wanted to go there last night.
Family From Hell ™, complete with Hellspawn, is there. The kid is about a year and a half old or so, and has discovered that he has lungs and vocal cords. And he’s using them just for the sheer joy of screaming. Every time he does, the parents do this “nanny-nanny-boo-boo don’t do that any more” shit with him and the kid eats it up because they are paying attention to him and he doesn’t perceive it as punishment.
After about 10 minutes, I call the waitress over and ask if we can relocate. Place is full to the gills. I then ask her to go over and ask the Family From Hell to quiet Hellspawn down. She hems and haws and gets the manager. I ask her the same thing. She and the waitress walk off and a few minutes later, the manager goes over and speaks to the table. Response from dad was profanity, to the effect that the effin’ kid is just being a effin’ kid and that’s what effin’ kids do.
Had I been the manager, I would have asked them to leave the restaurant at that point. Instead, she comes back over and tells us, in effect, that there is nothing she can do and we will just have to put up with it!!! My response was basically “You’re kidding me, right?” When she said no, I said “Thank you for your effort, but we are leaving now. And we won’t be back.”
Now, Mom doesn’t manuver all that well. She has to use a walker and she’s damn near blind. But she almost popped a wheelie on the walker getting away from the table. To top things off, the manager had the gall to come out to the lobby waving our check and telling me that I needed to pay it. I took great delight in telling her loudly, in front of the customers waiting to be seated, that I had no intention of paying it after the sorry service we had been given and that if she wanted it paid, she could give it to the Family From Hell, because they were the ones responsible for our leaving and never coming back.
Aaaarrrgghhhh. These parents were breathing proof that people should have to take a test and pass it prior to squeezing out a podling and inflicting it on the world. And the restaurant chain Powers-That-Be will most assuredly hear of their manager’s lack of a spine or a brain.
Aaaarghhh. It bears repeating. :mad: :mad: :mad: