A mum who went to dinner at a restaurant with her husband and baby has slammed the behaviour of another couple for allowing their young daughter to run amok while they were trying to eat their meal. The little girl allegedly caused mayhem during their dinner at Nando’s, by standing on their clothing and scraping cutlery along the wall. To compound matters, the parents of the toddler refused to apologise for her unruly behaviour.
While the mum was quick to forgive the little girl, she didn’t hold back in her criticisms of the parents in a post on Mumsnet.
She wrote: “The table next to us was a couple and a young child aged between two and three.
“They had plenty of seating and a high chair available for the girl to use.
“They chose to all sit on the bench side of the table presumably to sit together.
“I was also sat on the bench side of our table with an empty seat next to me.
“I put my bag there. Hubby was sat opposite and our baby was in the pushchair.”
Their evening soon turned into a nightmare, as the little girl on the other table began to get restless.
“The little girl from the table next to us was constantly walking along the bench, coming to our table, scraping a fork along the back wall and asking her parents for our food.”
She said her husband even offered their little tormentor titbits from their son’s snack box, but the toddler was adamant she wanted to eat their food.
“I didn’t say anything rude but tried to politely diffuse the situation by engaging with her, making conversation back and also telling her that her dinner was at her table and her chips were waiting for her,” she added.
Although the young girl went back to her parents, she soon returned and stood on the woman’s handbag placed in the empty seat next to her.
The shocked mum recounted: “As I turned and saw this, the dad had the cheek to tell me that ‘I may want to move my bag’ as she is standing on it!
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“Of course I did move it but to somehow phrase it as though I should move my belongings from a seat that belongs to our table when in fact his child was trampling on my handbag felt cheeky!”
The mum need by writing that she is not one of those parents that judges others or expects kids to behave “perfectly”.
However, she found the situation annoying and was surprised by the behaviour of the little girl’s parents.
She wrote: “I couldn’t imagine allowing my child to interrupt another family the way we were continually interrupted today.
“If the parents were trying and the girl was just being inquisitive, I genuinely wouldn’t have minded.
“It’s the lack of trying and no acknowledgment for the fact that we were being inconvenienced that is irritating.”
Most replies in the comment section were sympathetic to the mum and supported her criticisms of the little girl’s parents.
One said: “I can’t believe he suggested you move your stuff from your seat rather than stopping her from trampling on it.
“And just letting her try and make a bid for your dinner!
“All kids can be annoying but that’s why they come with parents, to stop them from doing it.”