I was at a fancy restaurant when a couple gave their toddler an iPad to watch a loud cartoon. So I let them know how I felt
- Couple annoyed at parents who allowed child to watch Bluey at a fancy dinner
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A couple were looking forward to dining out at a fancy restaurant when their night was ‘ruined’ by parents who gave their toddler an iPad to watch on the loudest volume.
The man complained to both the parents and the restaurant, claiming upmarket venues should be strictly adults only.
In a Reddit thread, he questioned if he was in the wrong for being ‘crabby’ over the disturbance.
‘I went to a dinner at hatted restaurant in the city, sitting down for a lovely date night with my wife and the next thing you hear is f***ing Bluey,’ the man began.
‘First off, I don’t think you should be taking kids to fine dining establishments. It’s a bit silly to come to a place where the starters are $60 and expect them to have kids items.’
‘I went to a dinner at hatted restaurant in the city, sitting down for a lovely date night with my wife and the next thing you hear is f***ing Bluey,’ the man began (stock image)
‘The parent, before I complained, also mentioned how there wasn’t anything for the kid to eat. Yeah no s*** lady, because people don’t tend to bring a three-year-old to a restaurant whose bill will come to over $700,’ he continued.
‘Hire a babysitter or go to a family restaurant – that’s why they exist.
‘I walked over and asked them to turn it off if they could please, as why should we have to listen to their kids ‘babysitter,’ as I called it, and they went off, that they booked this dinner long in advance.
‘OK, I shot back. So you had weeks to sort out someone to watch your kid?’
The man added that he ‘loves his kids to death’ but feels that sometimes he ‘just wants to have a night out with adults’.
He then asked if he’s in the wrong, and more than 600 people weighed in.
In a detailed Reddit thread, he was left to question if he was in the wrong for being ‘crabby’ over the disturbance (stock image)
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‘Don’t think you’re the a**hole, but agree with others that the restaurant should have stepped in,’ one commented.
‘The hero, not the a**hole, in my view!’ another claimed.
A third said: ‘You’re in the right in that there is no excuse to playing sounds out loud in public, no matter who or where. I also think iPads at the dinner table is s****y parenting, but that’s beside the point.’
‘The venue is irrelevant. The age of the user is irrelevant. If you are in a public place and you want to use an iPad or smart phone, there is no situation where listening without headphones is acceptable. None,’ another wrote.
‘There’s no reasonable volume to use a tablet in a restaurant (or really any public place). I say this as a parent. Give them pencil and paper,’ someone else added.
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