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Parents' shock after restaurant bill shows $4 discount for their 'Well Behaved Kids'
mailonline ^ | Lydia Warren

Posted on 02/07/2013 10:14:50 AM PST by Morgana

A Washington couple were left stunned after their server handed them the bill for their family's dinner - and they saw they had been given a $4 discount for their 'Well Behaved Kids'.

Laura King and her husband took their three children, aged two, three and eight, to an Italian restaurant in Poulsbo to enjoy an early-evening meal last Friday.

As they tucked into their feast of pizza, pasta and mushroom ragu, the family discussed planets, racecars, zebra jokes, and commented on the warm decor of the restaurant, Mrs King said.

'They were just being their normal selves,' she told of her children. 'Our server came to our table and just really thanked us for having exceptionally behaved children.'

After the server brought them a bowl of ice cream to share, they received the tab - and saw it had been discounted by $4 for 'Well Behaved Kids'.

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To: UB355

Do they accept EBT cards?

21 posted on 02/07/2013 10:48:59 AM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Morgana

The mom said that she and her husband make sure they have a family dinner every night.

Letting them eat in the family room in front of the TV by themselves does not socialize children so that they even know correct behavior is.

If they are used to eating and interacting with adults and conversing with them around the table at home, transferring that behavior to a restaurant table is a no brainer.

It really is that simple.

22 posted on 02/07/2013 10:49:54 AM PST by Valpal1
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To: Morgana

My kids are so annoying, we sit them at their own table.

23 posted on 02/07/2013 10:50:56 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: Morgana
When I waited tables and tended bar in the early 80's, I frequently gave free ice cream, pie, cake, etc.... to tables who had well behaved children. I explained why at the time.

Do take your young children to fine restaraunts in non-peak dining times. Teach your children to be part of conversation and listening. Treat them as adults and with interest and they will magically transform into dinner companions. Do not take your kids to chain places, fast food places, and diners. Everyone there treats them like little children. So that's what you'll get!

24 posted on 02/07/2013 10:51:48 AM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: fatnotlazy
One of our local restaurants banned children under 6. Caused quite a flap, but it seems the vast majority of patrons supported the idea. The owner says that since the ban, business has quadrupled.

A restaurant did that? As the father of a three year-old, I would like to say:

It's a free country. I won't be going to that restaurant with my family, but other people might not go to one of my favorite places because they don't like restaurants with kids. I think that's all great! Choice is a beautiful thing. There are plenty of places that make it their speciality to serve families with kids of all ages.

I really have a problem with people who expect every business to cater to them no matter the circumstances. For all those gays who want to get married, for example, why just not patronize Christian bakeries? Plenty of bakeries will make whatever you want.

25 posted on 02/07/2013 10:52:20 AM PST by Our man in washington
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To: mmichaels1970

Table ?

If that bowl in the corner is good enough for my dog, it’s good enough for my kids.


26 posted on 02/07/2013 10:54:54 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: Morgana
The reason kids behave badly in public is because their parents have no idea how to behave in public themselves.

It amazes me when I see parents take a baby stick him in a high chair then proceed to ignore him and are astonished that the child acts up.

We took our daughter to her first restaurant at a little over a month old. We always set her in between us and we made sure she had something to keep her occupied and we kept engaging her through the whole meal. If for some reason she cried we couldn't get her to settle down her Mom would take her either outside or a waiting area or other part of the restaurant where there were few people. (No one else could take her because she would panic if she couldn't be near Mom in a strange place.)

She rarely cried (she was a fairly happy baby) as she grew restaurants become a fun activity she would color and we would play counting games and color games and name things as she learned to talk. We made a trip to the restaurant natural AND we made sure we reinforced good behavior and punished bad behavior.

As she got bigger we got her a fold up booster chair. When she seen us pack it up she knew were going out to eat and she would go get her restaurant pack. In it we kept crayons and colored pencils and some small dolls and a few books.

Its really not hard but its like anything else you got to think it through and prepare. Friends of ours had trouble with their kids being total brats in a restaurant and they asked us how come our Daughter was so well behaved. We showed them our little kit and we explained that they would need to go through a few bad trips to break the patterns they had put in place.

They managed it in 3 trips and their kids never acted badly again. The problem I see with most parents around our area that have trouble with their kids (and its sadly a large majority) is they don't seem to really want to be parents. They have kids then proceed to ignore them and are astonished when the act badly.

27 posted on 02/07/2013 10:56:22 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Our man in washington

In Laredo, Texas, I’ve seen kids running wild in the bar areas of some restaurants. I’ve never seen that anywhere else, but Laredo is becoming more like Mexico every day.

28 posted on 02/07/2013 11:01:38 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: Morgana

Kids = the reason I do my grocery shopping in the middle of the night.

29 posted on 02/07/2013 11:14:56 AM PST by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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If my three year-old did that, he would be taken right outside until he calms down. We’ve had to do that a number of times in the last few months, but he’s starting to get the message.

I only ask that non-parents understand that kids aren’t born perfect, and some of us are trying to do our best to discipline our kids and not disturb other patrons. We can take the child out of the restaurant, but it’s hard to prevent him from screaming as we take him out. To all other patrons, I apologize for the brief disturbance.

30 posted on 02/07/2013 11:37:20 AM PST by Our man in washington
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To: Mad Dawgg

I like your idea, as the mom of a soon-to-be four year old we haven’t gone out to eat much because hubby and I agreed when she was an infant we didn’t want to take her to restaurant until she was old enough to feed herself and old enough to behave. I have taken her to several kid-friendly places and so far so good. Next time we go someplace, I will make sure I have a kit like yours to take with us. Having said that we live in a VERY rural area so there aren’t many restaurants to choose from.

31 posted on 02/07/2013 11:38:45 AM PST by MissEdie (America went to the polls on 11-6-12 and all we got was a socialist thug and a dottering old fool.)
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To: Morgana

Most people who complain about children are usually Empty nesters. Children remind them of better times when they were young and had children, and it subconsciously makes them upset. It’s better for them to be out of sight out of mind. The whole “children should be seen but not heard” generation.

32 posted on 02/07/2013 11:43:07 AM PST by skinndogNN
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To: Morgana
I just got off of a six hour flight, the first hour of which was darkened by a two or three year old kid screaming, not crying but literally screaming from the seat behind me.

The mother made a feeble show of trying to shut him up, but I got the impression that this was a normal ocurrance for them.

If parents are getting discounts for well behaved kids, the airline should have moved me to first class and billed the ticket to this mother.

33 posted on 02/07/2013 11:49:49 AM PST by Washi (PUSH BACK! Encourage your legislators to introduce pro-second amendment legislation.)
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To: Morgana

Hope this doesn’t lead to lawsuits against the restaurant for not providing the discount to ALL families with kids.

34 posted on 02/07/2013 11:50:56 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Morgana

I remember when going to a restaurant as a kid...if I acted up, my butt got sore quickly from parental discipline. These days they send parents to jail doing that

These parents should be commended for their behaved kids

35 posted on 02/07/2013 11:53:21 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Morgana

“Spare the rod...spoil your dinner”.

36 posted on 02/07/2013 11:56:26 AM PST by GoldenPup
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To: Morgana

I really like the positive reinforcement of these parents. It is a hard job to parent and any support and recognition of a job well done is much needed for parents of younger ones. Hopefully it helps them continue the good job they are doing.

We generally received a lot of compliments for how well behaved our children were in public and at other peoples homes. Like someone else posted, Mrs. Copaliscrossing deserves all the credit!

37 posted on 02/07/2013 12:00:55 PM PST by copaliscrossing (Comparison is the beginning of discontent.)
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To: Morgana
This discriminatory practice must be stopped immediately. It's not "fair" to all the childless couples who could never be able to take advantage of such discounts.

This restaurant must be forced to be more socially inclusive, and automatically give ALL childless couples a $4 discount for similarly contributing to the ambience that the well-behaved children did.


38 posted on 02/07/2013 12:03:08 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Morgana
I wish more parents would make their brats behave in public.

So, as a parent of twins, both with severe autism, we can never eat out at a restaurant, on the chance that one or the other (or both) will have an "autism moment" lest they get labeled as "brats" and us as bad parents accordingly?

39 posted on 02/07/2013 12:03:55 PM PST by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: MissEdie
We also found that if we engaged her in picking out what she wanted to eat she would tend to be happy with what she got. She grew to love salads and good meals like turkey and dressing (Bob Evans has a good kid's menu!) because they were grown ups food. ( A little reverse psych got us there. "No honey you don't really want a salad because that is for grown ups. OK ,if you insist but you have to clean your plate or no more grown up food!")

Devious? Yes, but it worked every time!

40 posted on 02/07/2013 12:03:55 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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