Saturday, July 2, 2011
dining etiquette + children part 3: throwing spaghetti
Parents, I challenge you to clean up after your children while in a restaurant! I know it is nice to be able to walk away from a floor littered with crayons and pieces of paper, bits of food and spilled pop, but the server should not have to be responsible for such a mess.
You certainly wouldn't let 'little Johnny' throw his spaghetti at home, or would you? The atrocious mess that is commonly left behind after a table with children leaves is unacceptable. I've actually had children throw food/crayons at me and the parents just laugh!
Thank you but I am not a janitor, nor a babysitter (I was once, but not anymore) and I don't want to have to crawl under your table after you leave to scrape crushed crackers out of the carpet.
I have served a few families that are tidy and pleasant, the children have great manners and are cleaned up after when they make a mess, but unfortunately there are a great many rotten apples spoiling the pot. So please, to those who don't usually clean up after your children - not only are you being uncouth but you are setting an example for your children that will be perpetuated with their children!
At least leave a big tip so the time we take to clean up the mess isn't totally wasted...