When you finish reading the following, close your eyes and imagine: Children screaming and laughing, the pitter of small feet running around, a crash of toys – where are you?
If you imagined a serene park, a toy store, a children’s shoe store… you are way off. More often than not, that is the sound of a restaurant. While I do not want to go this far, there are certain points that I feel are correct.
If you cannot keep your child under control, maybe they are not ready for a restaurant? I agree with this North Carolina restaurant sign,
although a free puppy and an espresso sound pretty tempting to me.
There also needs to be a focus on what type of restaurant you are dining at and what time of day. Lunch tends to be fairly busy, but dinner is even more hectic. Fast food restaurants – no one really cares; sit down areas – you better keep an eye on all children under the age of 13. It gets annoying to have children bumping into your seat, squeezing past you in a game of tag, and (almost) knocking over a waiter carrying a few meals.
What I am noticing now, however, is the complete lack of etiquette amongst adults! At a restaurant today, this man continued to extend his arm across the narrow ridge connecting our booths. His arm kept bumping into the back of my head, and he never once apologized- even when I turned to give him the look.
Technology is also creeping into restaurants in a highly annoying manner. DO NOT PLAY HOME VIDEOS ON YOUR PHONE or tablet, at full blast, when the restaurant is still fairly quiet. Not only does the sound come with the creepy, horror movie static, but not everyone wants to hear the raucous laughter from your table when your family member does something stupid and you happened to record it.
To summarize what I would like to tell the people I experienced dining with today: