When I got an email a few days ago forwarded from a NYT reporter seeking examples of kids in restaurants, I dutifully sent along some anecdotes of the kid's meltdown at the conveyor belt sushi restaurant in Tokyo. But until I read the story this morning, I had no idea what a minor league game I've been playing.
This is so awesome. Nothing rivals the intensity of being a parent in Chicago. A restaurant in the yuppifying neighborhood of Andersonville put up a sign saying kids must use their "inside voices," and all sorts of parents stormed out in a huff.
Well, not all sorts; in an open letter responding to a brewing boycott, the restaurant owner called the protestors "former cheerleaders and beauty queens who have a very strong sense of entitlement." The owner reiterated his calls for kids to be taught manners and consideration for others when they are in a social setting.
There are some examples from other cities of kid-in-restaurant confrontations, but with waiters announcing "We got ourselves a screamer!" and mothers demanding their right to relax in a cafe like anyone else on the other, Chicago's brawls take the cake.
At Center of a Clash, Rowdy Children in Coffee Shops [nyt via dt reader dianne]