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
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