Diners give nasty note to family, accuse them of ‘ruining their dinner’

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BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho woman says she received a nasty note from two diners accusing her 10-month-old son of “ruining” their dinner.

Katie Leach told KTVB her family was dining at a Texas Roadhouse when her son began to yell.

“He will yell when I tell him no, when he’s super excited and happy or just for no reason at all,” Leach wrote in a Facebook post. “I’m doing my best to teach him indoor voice and to not yell back at me when telling him no etc, But he is only 10 (almost 11 months) and LEARNING.”

Leach said she tried to quiet him down but he continued yelling from excitement and “being happy.” About halfway through dinner, two customers “slammed” a note on Leach’s table before returning to their table.

The note read:

“Thank you for ruining our dinner with your screaming kid. Sincerely, the table behind you.”

Leach talked to the restaurant manager who asked the women to finish their meal and leave immediately. The manager also paid for Leach’s meal and said her family is “welcome to return to Texas Roadhouse anytime,” according to KTVB.

Texas Roadhouse issued a statement about the incident:

“We’re in the hospitality business. We want all our guests to have a great experience. We were voted one of the loudest restaurants by Consumer Reports. We are proud to be loud. If you want to hear clinking wine glasses and clinking forks, then this probably isn’t the place for you.”

19 comments

  • Fred

    I would have told the table behind me to lighten up – it’s Texas Road House, not a fancy $100/plate high-end joint. I’m glad the staff dealt with it the way they did. Places like that should be family friendly.

    • Wilson

      That’s BS Fred. I don’t care what restaurant I am eating at i don’t want to listen to someone’s screaming brat that they can’t control. The mother should have picked the kid up and taken him outside to try to calm him. If that didn’t work then it’s time to take the kid home. She owes an apology to everyone who was subjected to her screaming brat’s behavior in that restaurant.

      • Jim

        Good job Texas road house. And if you don’t like me and my loud kids company then leave, I can care less about you or your night. it is about me and my family not you. kids are loud. love it or leave.

      • Monk Epope

        spot on Wilson. this woman with her child is a good example of selfishness. she should have removed the child so as to not subject the other diners to this disturbance. the only lesson I can see the child learned was a lesson in how to be a self-centered bully.

  • theresa

    You should have asked for your check and walked over and slammed it on their table!!!! A kid is going to be a kid, which means MOST of them are not quiet, especially at that age!!!! I wouldn’t let it bother you, these people probably do not have kids and if they do, I feel bad for the kids!!

    • Wilson

      theresa baby, if the kid can’t behave then don’t take him out to a restaurant where it’s going to take an hour or so to order and eat. Have some consideration for others instead of just thinking of yourself and dragging poorly behaved children out so everyone else has to listen to their crying.

      • Fred

        Wilson, can you not read???????? The child is 11 months old! I highly doubt a child that age is capable of decision making to reason that he / she would be ruining your night out and stop acting like an 11 month old. If quiet is so important when you go out for a meal, go thru Taco Hell drive thru.

      • Kara

        Fred, perhaps it’s you that has the issue with reading. While, it’s correct that the child is 11 months old, its the parents job to understand if he can handle a night out dining. If he’s in a screaming phase, the parents need to stay at home with him. Typical dining noise like laughing or clinking of glasses/silverware or people singing at a birthday party is worlds away from a screaming child who is screaming for 30min-an hour straight. That’s just straight obnoxious and the parents should be responsible enough to take the child outside to try to settle him down.

  • Priscilla

    I’m glad to see the manager handled it appropriately. Really, if you don’t want any noise while you eat don’t go to Texas Roadhouse (better yet-stay home)!

    • Wilson

      You’re wrong Priscilla. The manager f*cked up. There is a huge difference in listening to the staff line dancing and singing and some poorly behaved toddler (not a baby) screaming his lungs out. The mom obviously allows this behavior to go unchecked at home so it is to be expected that the toddler will scream in a restaurant. Nobody else in the restaurant should have to be subjected to this type of behavior for more than 2-3 minutes. At that point take your screaming kid out of the restaurant if you are incapable of calming him down.

      • Opinion8d

        Wilson, I’m with you completely. It’s not even about being a ‘fancy’ place or not, it’s about respecting others. If the couple wants to take the risk of going out with an uncontrollable kid, and potentially have to interrupt their dinner to leave early due to baby issues -it should be at their cost, not the others around them. I wonder how people would feel if the kid loaded his diaper and the parents didn’t change him right away. Imagine sitting next to that during dinner -using their logic you can’t be mad because that’s what kids do…..

    • hisgoddess

      So people should be subjected to crying babies and toddlers at a movie theater? You take your kids to see a Disney flick and you don’t deserve to see your movie in peace because its a family friendly movie and “that’s what kids do”. I’m a parent, but not a selfish parent. I don’t want to hear that at McDonald’s! Remove your kids. They shouldn’t affect everyone’s day. Thumbs up to the people who wrote her a letter and let her know that is not cool!

  • Tracey

    a. It’s Boise, ID where are you gonna go for a fancy dinner?
    b. Kid is 10 months old…if it gets out of hand, most moms get up and go somewhere with the kid.
    c. You can’t hear much in Texas Roadhouse over a jukebox blaring..
    d. Nothing tops my 2 year old in the revolving room at the top of the Hyatt Milwaukee announcing he had “farted” and then ran thru the restaurant while we chased him, called the elevator and skedaddled out of there….still funny to this day! Turns me crimson red everytime!

    • Fred

      I wish you had the Hyatt episode recorded so you could post it on youtube. You’d probably win 1st place with that one on Americas Funniest Videos………Hell, I would have bought you and your Husband drinks to see that one unfold!! Better entertainment than most stupid sitcoms on TV….Go Kid GO!!!

      • Tracey

        3 feet tall, blonde curly hair running through the restaurant that he farted, dad in hot pursuit, me grabbing the bags and calling the elevator…classic…I tell all of his girlfriends that story now…

  • idiots

    I have a 5 month old baby. Normally while out she is pretty calm, but when she does get loud I pick her up and hold her, usually stops her from being loud. When that doesn’t work it’s time to leave. This is out of respect for all those other people who are paying MONEY to enjoy a night out. That being said if the eating establishment is kid friendly and welcomes that time of shenanigans then it’s on the diner to understand that before getting upset. The owners can dictate the type of atmosphere they wasn’t. I mean you aren’t going to go to chucky cheese expecting peace and quiet.

  • A Mom

    People.. the kid is 11 months old. Really still a baby and can hardly be called a brat because he’s loud. Sure, mom should have taken him out. But there is such an intolerance of kids in our society, I think it’s sad. How about asking mom nicely or talking to the staff about it instead of slamming a note? Rude all over.

  • Miki

    I have three children (all adults now), live in New York City–where some restaurants will not take young children. I side with WILSON, as the child did not want to eat out–the parents did. I do not want to hear children screaming or acting up when I go out to eat. If the parents feel they want to go out, they need to hire a babysitter–and pay them; do not expect diners paying for a meal to put up with your ill-trained children–regardless of their age. I told my children, when they were young, they would have to earn the right to go out to eat with us: You must sit down, keep quiet, and eat like a human being–not an animal. Their desire to go “with the grownups to eat” was more overwhelming than their need to be the center of attention. If your child cannot behave, take the food and go home!!! Your children and their antics are only cute to parents and their family members; making excuses for ill-behaved children–regardless of age–ruins other diners’ experience–and I have just as much right to expect a calm environment without children crawling on floors, climbing over booths, or interrupting my conversation. MacDonald’s and Burger King are set up for this. If I go to a restaurant and see it is run like a MacDonald’s or Burger King, I leave and go elsewhere. If I have ordered my meal and someone comes in with ill-behaved children, and the management does not do something about it, I can tell you: I will not be the only one leaving the restaurant without paying. We have several diners, near my residence, with rooms, or areas set aside so they can serve both clientele, without having to jockey around the desires of their diners. Saying “those who object do not have children” is not true; I raised children, and I raised animals. The children did not behave like animals, and the animals tried to behave like the children–it ended up being a win-win situation.

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