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Woman Sparks Debate After Scolding a Stranger’s Child in a Restaurant

Woman Sparks Debate After Scolding a Stranger’s Child in a Restaurant

Even as parents ourselves, we know there is nothing worse than going out for a lovely meal with friends or family and having to deal with a badly behaved child running about the restaurant shouting and causing a disturbance.

A woman recently sparked an interesting debate when she revealed she had ‘scolded’ a child who played with her belongings without permission in a public restaurant.

Seeking support from everyone’s favourite subReddit Am I The Asshole, the young woman described the incident that gave her pause for thought.

A child of nine or ten is far too old to be running about in a restaurant unhindered by the rules of polite society. He’s not a toddler. He’s big enough to understand that cartwheels in a restaurant are not allowed. If anyone had bothered to tell him, that is.

This brings me to the real crux of the issue – the boy’s mother. The sheer entitlement of this woman to say that the other diner should have just let her child play with the hat to avoid confronting him about his behaviour is astounding. No lady, if you won’t tell him to stop touching other people’s stuff, then they will have to. It’s not that difficult.

The young woman posting the question on Reddit was met with overwhelming support.

“I have 4 kids and I would be absolutely appalled if they acted this way in public,” responded a highly upvoted commenter.

“We certainly know where the kid gets his lack of manners from,” replied another. “I would have had some choice words for that woman about her parenting skills.”

A third agreed: “Even if this kid has a developmental or mental health issue like ASD or ADHD it doesn’t mean that their parent should let them have no boundaries with other people.”

How would you handle this situation? Do you have any issue with scolding a stranger’s child? Or would you have a problem with someone else telling off your child if they were misbehaving? Share your thoughts in the comments.

 

Source: Reddit/AITA?

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Jill Slater

Jill Slater

Jill is a busy wife and mother of four young children. She loves nothing more than making people giggle, and loves to settle in with a glass of wine (or four) and wander about the internet. Feel free to follow her to see all the cool stuff she finds!

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