So yeah, I'm sure we've all heard about this crazy story. Apparently, a family was having breakfast at Marcy's Diner in Maine. It just so happened that on this particular morning there was a 21-month-old dining there. This baby was doing what most babies do: crying.
Kids cry. It happens. I don't really understand the need for the awkward stares or judgmental glances as a parent desperately tries to calm a meltdown. Crying babies aren't a new phenomenon, move along.
Anyway, the baby was crying.
The parents were waiting for their food and, I'm sure everyone in the diner was a little on edge.
There are a number of ways a business owner can handle a screaming child, but screaming back at them is not one of them. She could have brought a snack for the baby (the pancakes took about 40 minutes to be cooked...), she could have brought crayons, or she could have just ignored a baby that's not hers to parent.
Instead she gets into a verbal argument with the parents before screaming at the little girl.
And, you know, when I first heard about this story, I almost wanted to sympathize with the diner's owner, but after reading her reply to the mother on her Facebook page, and then her own Facebook post, I was shocked.
It is, however, the woman's business, and she can run it however she wants to.
If that is straight into the ground, I'm sure quite a few people would be okay with that.
You can read the mother's blog post on the incident here.
Until next time,
Labels: crying, Darla Neugebauer, Marcy’s Diner, parenting, Tara Carson, temper tantrum