KATY, Texas- Eli Gau admits his 3-year-old son Ryan and 1-year-old son Ethan are a handful at times. "They´re kind of active,” Gau said. “They act like children. They´re not adults." So he and his wife thought nothing of it when they brought their boys to an Applebee’s restaurant in Katy for dinner Sunday night. Gau said everything seemed fine until his oldest boy began wandering away from the table. "I went and grabbed him,” Gau said. ”As I was grabbing him and coming back, the manager was walking to me.” He said the manager told him that the children were making too
Good for Applebee´s. I am appalled by the behavior of children in restaurants today; the kids are loud and obnoxious, and it is like the parents are oblivious to their bad behavior. I had lunch with a friend in an upscale restaurant a week ago, and the family behind us had three wonderful little girls who sat in their seats, talked in moderate tones, and were respectful to their parents and everyone in the nearby tables. On the other side there was a man and woman with two of the most obnoxious little brats you could imagine. They were yelling; they would not stay in their seats, and they were throwing things at each other. The mother and dad just ignored them. Even when they got their food, they did not behave, and at no time did either parent correct either of the unruly kids. The little boy put a french fry in his mouth and blew it out at his sister, and still no discipline. My lunch was ruined having to be in their vicinity. When I left, I went up to the table with the three darling little girls and complimented both parents and the children at how pleasant it was to be at a table next to them, and then I glared at the two morons who should not be parents.
Why do parents with young children insist on taking them out to nice restaurants? I am not paying to hear your brat screaming, and misbehaving and running around.
It is the height of self centered and rude behavior to think it is okay to inflict your bad parenting skills on the rest of us!
I´m glad they asked her to leave, and she needs to learn shut up and teach her children the same. She´s never felt so disrespected before? Well now she knows how all the people who have had to put up with her spoiled brats feel.
While I agree that many children are VERY annoying in public places and that "active" to a parent can mean obnoxious to many others, it seems the management went overboard.
The first time they spoke to the customer they asked them to leave and called the cops? How about a request to please keep their children quieter. Failing that, ask them to leave. If a problem results, then call the police.
Bigger news would be that Eli Gau and Lillian Maliti were married before springing two more illegitimate children on the world.
As it is, the first comment below the story at the site link is from an eyewitness, who confirms all our suspicions: the kids were running riot and the parents acted worse when the restaurant took action.
This skewed definition of ´disrespect´ seems to have taken hold in some socioeconomic circles. If they want to know what real disrespect is, they need only look at their heathen offspring.
I am the father of four children, all grown up. My three boys were rowdy, and my daughter was angelic. And I tried to never burden others in a public place by my sons´ rowdiness. I would like to think that I was just being considerate of others.
Well Gau Family, your definition of ´Active´ Is most peoples definition of ´Extremely Anoying´!
Get a clue, if you have over active children, get a baby sitter or stay home. You have NO RIGHT to encumber everyone else in the restaurant with your ´Active and usually noisy, intrusive, Children´!
On several occasions I´ve gone over to similar parents tables and asked that they either control their children or remove them...of course most parents have no clue their unruly children are annoying because they are used to it in daily interactions...I am NOT!
You can bet that Applebee´s management quaked in their boots when they ascertained that these were black folks who were asked to leave. They know that when black folks claim that they "feel disrespected" it is only one step away from a discrimination claim that could most times result in a big out of court settlement no matter if the claim is valid or not. That´s why they attempted to give those black folks a free lunch.
This has happened to my wife and me a couple of times. At a recent occurrence a little boy and little girl turned the restaurant into a playground - chasing and shouting at each other throughout the room - eating a few minutes at one table(not at their parents table)and after making a mess at that table, moved to another - used napkins were scattered around the floor - the waitress - the only employee on duty at the time - claimed that she was afraid to address the issue with the parents - after looking the parents over we agreed with her.
The article states that these kids are ages 3 & 1. Looking at the picture, I find that hard to believe. That said, she says that management was already approaching her when she was returning after retrieving the oldest. I suspect that management was on the way prior to her going after the brat.
This used to be common sense parenting in America. As a parent, you knew when it was time you could take your children to a sit-down restaurant. The kids also knew if they didn´t toe-the-line, they´d be marched outside and spanked.
Dr. Spock (not Star Trek) almost single-handedly ruined the American family. There´s nothing worse than "permissive" parents. It´s truly disgusting to watch.
As it turns out, explains Alan Bernstein, the Director of Public affairs for Harris County Sheriff’s Office when contacted by Consumerist, the police didn’t confront anyone: After the Applebee’s manager called the police “to get assistance in evicting the family,” the father of the family also called the police and said they felt threatened by the manager’s actions. The Sheriff’s office said officers would wait for the party in the parking lot.
Once law enforcement arrived at the request of both the manager and the father, Bernstein said officers saw no need to warn anyone or file any charges.
Bernstein points out that the “warning for criminal trespassing” — which ostensibly is meant to mean a piece of paperwork shown in the news footage — is in fact not a warning or citation of any kind. Instead, it’s a citizen’s info card (as denoted by those very words on the top right corner) simply providing a reference number for the case, so that anyone involved in the situation could follow up. He reiterated that no charges were pressed and no arrests were made.
I took my children to public places from a pretty early age (3 or 4). They needed to learn how to behave in such circumstances. And they did behave because that is what we expected from them and that is the ONLY behaviour we would tolerate from them.
They learned quickly, I considered it part of responsible parenting to teach them how to behave in public. I was always surprised when complete strangers would stop us and comment on how well behaved our kids were. Now I understand why. Too many "parents" think their kids atrocious behavior is cute or somehow delightful to over stressed strangers.
Good manners must be taught from an early age, my kids could be just as obnoxious as anyone elses but they were taught that there is a time and place for politeness and control. More importantly they were taught that any other behavior in those situations was absolutely not to be tolerated. Young parents today would be well served to remember that atrocious behavior at 4 or 5 leads to uncontrollable and insolent brats at 13-15. A little control now will save them much (including bail money) in the future.
I was one of two parents of two ornery little kids. We did not smile at the little darlings as they misbehaved, or ignore them as they disturbed other diners. Applebee´s is hardly a fine-dining establishment, though, and I see nothing wrong with taking toddlers there.How else are children going to learn how to act in public? That said, when my precocious and beautiful children´s manners were unacceptable, they got one quietly firm warning to sit up straight, talk with inside voices, etc, and then they got hauled outside for firmer measures. Quite a few meals were ruined for me, but not for our fellow diners, more than the few seconds it took to remove the offender. we didnt ignore disruptive behavior. Mea culpa, I confess, more than once I had to chase my little guy and retrieve him from seeing what was going on behind the counter.. By the time they were out of booster seats, though, their table manners were fairly respectable, such that people would come compliment the kids on their civilization.
The thing that bothers me more than the occasional cranky baby or fidgety toddler is how intolerant and self-centered everybody is these days. Give parents a break, how about it? Understand that most parents are doing the best they can. I believe I have seen many more noisy and disruptive adults at these places than kids.You critics ought to muster the maturity to ignore what you do not wish to see. MYOB. Your glares don´t improve anybody´s day, not even your own. If a diner is paying attention to and enjoying the company of the people at her own table, enjoying her own meal, the squirmy kid three tables over is less of a distraction. Take a deep breath, and look the other way, how about it?
From what I can gather from the thread, not from the article which was (intentionally?) devoid of useful detail, I have to agree with #1: "Why is this news?"
Unmarried, inadequate parents afflict restaurant patrons with a pair of uncivilized (key term that) brats. When confronted by manager, these ´victims´ escalate the heat of the interaction. Manager notifies police of a "disturbing the peace" incident. Male parent of the heathen pair notifies police also, in preparation for yet-another phony ´discrimination´ suit.
My wife likes to go out once in a while and we raised 4 children. We took them to family style restaurants at an early age, but insisted on appropriate behavior.
If they acted up, I immediately took the child out to the car, where he or she could throw a fit without bothering other diners. I had to do this only twice - plus an occasional reminder that I would do it if they did not behave properly - they knew I was serious. We received many compliments over the years from others about how well our children behaved.
It´s not rocket science, it is just having consideration for others, combined with appropriate discipline when necessary. Unfortunately this is going out of style.
#27. Show me the complaints here about parents who are trying to teach their children how to behave in a restaurant. The complaints are about the self centered parents who won´t even try to restrain their children, expect the wait staff to babysit or, worse yet, think the misbehavior is cute and actually encourage it.
Great! Why don´t the families who have such ´children´ once consider other people trying to have a bite and have some quiet. Suggestion to these families with ´active´ behavior kids, why don´t you feed the animals in the car! If they ever learn human behavior, which I doubt, then do bring them in! The rest of us are entitled not to be bothered with this loud, uncouth trash!
Most children are well-behaved in restaurants but there´s a small minority who run amok and treat them like playgrounds. They shout and scream and run around, and the parents are often seemingly oblivious to the commotion. I think there was one occasion when I threatened to propel a chicken wing across the room towards an unruly bunch.
After reading the statement at the bottom from Applebee´s, you can only assume they were threatened with a lawsuit.
Why should I have to pay to eat with wild children ? If they can´t handle them at one and three, what will they do when they are 16 and running the streets ? What will they be like in school disrupting a classroom ?
A three year old doesn´t know if they are in Applebee´s or the Ritz.
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