In news today the owner of a restaurant in Portland, USA, has come out saying she isn’t exactly sorry for yelling at a child who was screaming for almost 40 minutes whilst dining at Marcy’s Diner.

Darla Neugebauer, the owner of Marcy’s Diner has been interviewed by WCSH-TV and has told the reporter that the childs parents had ordered her three large pancakes though put them out of reach of the 20 month old who wanted to eat them, the little girl then proceeded to cry for close to 40 minutes.

The diner owner said:

“I was working on the grill. I had my back to the child. I listened to the child scream for probably close to 40 minutes, went over with boxes and asked them to either package up the goods for everyone to leave or if they would just take the child out. And they acted like I had three heads.

“I slammed my hands on the counter and said, ‘This needs to stop,’” said Ms Neugebauer. “She looked at me, and she stopped.”

WCSH-TV also spoke with the mother of the 20 month old, Tara Carson who said:

“My daughter was crying, it was nothing out of the norm and about 10 minutes later the owner was behind the counter and yelling at my daughter and like screaming in her face ‘shut the hell up!’

“I think I was just in shock because I’ve never seen behaviour like this before and we’re like ‘Are you really yelling at a child right now?’ And she’s like ‘Yes, I am. She needs to shut the hell up and go.’”

You can listen to the interviews here:


On the Marcy’s Diner Facebook page there has been an outpouring of support for the restaurant owner with many saying that parents these days are too lenient, here are some of the comments that have been posted



What do you think? Is it OK to leave a child screaming in a restaurant for almost 40 minutes? Would you have reacted the same way the mother of the child did? SHARE with us in the comments below.

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  • That was a good article! Thanks for sharing this!


  • No, absolutely not! Why would you even want to let your child scream for that long, in a restaurant or at home? 40 minutes is obscene. People are out trying to enjoy a meal, not listen to a screaming


  • I think that the owner could have said it a little nicer but I definitely agree the parents should not have let the kid scream for 10 or 40 minutes whichever it was.


  • I can see that it would have been stressful but there are better ways to deal with it


  • Some parents allow their kids to behave like spoilt brats!


  • very bad behaviour for the restraunt owner


  • I have been in this situation where a child is making so much noise it is hard to eat. If the parent can not discipline their child, take then outside then I believe the owner should be able to ask them to leave for the comfort of the other patrons. The Hotel was full of elderly people who were not very impressed


  • no one gives the right ti yel at any child they are all angels


  • Good on the owner! She did well


  • I seriously doubt either party gave an entirely truthful account of what happened. On one hand, if someone yelled at my child it would not end well for them, but in saying that I wouldn’t let my child yell and carry on in a public place either. Maybe the shop owner should have handled the situation better, she does own a restaurant after all.


  • i wouldn’t let my kid carry on but the owner should have handled it better….she could have provided a little entertainment for the kid…still would have made the news and got good publicity!


  • I have been out to for meals and had kids running around or carrying on and it is painful. I don’t have money to eat out all the time so when I go I want to enjoy my meal, I don’t want to listen to a screaming child.
    No parent should let their kid scream even for 10 minutes and think that this is acceptable behavior when dining out. OK the manager might have gone over board with her reaction but seems warranted.


  • If the child was really crying for 40 minutes, then I’m definitely on the side of the owner. Being a parent doesn’t excuse you from showing common courtesy.


  • As if a parent would order food for their child and then leave it out of reach. As for screaming for 40 minutes, bit of a stretch I think. The owner is saying 40 mins to cover her immature impatient actions.


  • Have to say that I am with the owner here if you child is screaming take them outside no one wants yo hear that while eating


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