Restaurant gives discount for 'well-behaved' kids

A couple with 3 young children were surprised when an upscale eatery knocked $4 from their bill for their good manners.

By Aimee Picchi Feb 8, 2013 5:45PM

Image: Family sitting at table in restaurant, posing for group photograph -- Andersen Ross, Digital Vision, Getty ImagesAs a parent, it's always rewarding when someone compliments your child's good manners. But an upscale restaurant took that one step further when it shaved $4 from a family's bill for "well-behaved kids."


That happened when Laura King and her husband took their three children to eat at the Kingston, Wash., restaurant Sogno di Vino, which serves wood-fired pizza and Italian dishes such as eggplant rollatini. 


"They were just being their normal selves,” King told Today.com of her children. "Our server came to our table and just really thanked us for having exceptionally behaved children.”


When the bill came, she noted that the restaurant had applied a $4 discount for "well-behaved kids." 


But some people are finding that problematic. After the photo of the receipt was posted on the social-media site Reddit, some users chimed in with complaints. 


"You shouldn't get rewarded for displaying common decency and good manners in society. It's like over complimenting kids for merely graduating high school," one user wrote.


Another asked if restaurants should charge $4 for poorly behaved kids. 


As the restaurant's owner, Rob Scott, tells it, he was prompted to give his first-ever "well-behaved kids" discount by the family's behavior, although he said he regularly gives free desserts to customers with good kids. Most families don't earn complimentary sweets, he told Today.com. 


"So we go to the parents and say, 'I'm sorry but we really need little Johnny to sit down and not run around and yell and scream. . . because he’s bothering some of the patrons.' And parents will take an attitude to the point where we’re almost afraid to say something," he said.


King's children were polite, said "please" and "thank you" and remained seated during the meal, he added. 


On her blog, King offered some advice to other parents: Get your kids used to eating at restaurants by taking them out a couple times a month, and encourage your children to talk with you as adults.


"We don’t expect handouts for acting respectful of the folks who bring us our food. But it certainly makes you feel good when someone else notices your kids in a positive light," she wrote.


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Feb 8, 2013 7:13PM
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I take a lot of pride in my kids' behavior. I can't believe how some parents allow their kids to act. It is a little sad that a business owner feels the need to reward families with good kids since that really should be the norm but I really have no doubt that it isn't. You can tell how bad people think it is when they see they are sitting next to a family with a 3 and 5 year old on a plane. The look of terror is funny. Not once have I traveled with my kids (or my parents traveled with them) where we didn't get at least 1 compliment. The sense of relief when we land is almost as funny as the look of terror when they sit down. Even our worst flight by my standards got us a couple compliments which just shows you how low the bar is set. It doesn't bode well for the future. Young kids raised without discipline aren't going to magically get it during their teen years. Barring a trip through military service, I wouldn't have much hope for an 18 year old that never had to live with rules. The real world will be a horrible surprise for him/her.
Feb 11, 2013 6:38PM
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I don't see anything wrong with taking $4.00 off for well behaved kids, seem the same as tipping the server for behaving as they should.

 

 

 

Feb 8, 2013 7:55PM
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But the misbehaving parents must pay double, so it's a wash.
Feb 11, 2013 7:41PM
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as little as ten years ago, people would DRESS UP and go out to eat about twice a month, and their kids would SIT AT THE TABLE and eat with their parents.

Today - not so much.  Jogging suits in nice restaurants;  cellphone yelling;  kids running around and the parents CLUELESSLY watching them....

and as the article quoted, if you even TRY to get these horrible parents to WATCH THEIR KIDS, well.......it's ATTITUDE TIME (and they go on yelp or trip advisor and LIE;  or they STIFF the Server;  or go out and damage the rep of the restaurant by telling their friends THEY WERE NOT AT FAULT!

 

wake up, AMERICA, and STOP being RUDE to Servers and Bartenders;  STOP complaining about your food WITHOUT EVEN TASTING IT;  STOP giving out the VERBAL TIPS;  and PRETEND that you have some CLASS and TASTE.

 

you are NOT a foodie;  you are NOT a king or queen;  you are NOT above the Staff!

 

savvy diners don't even go out to dinner on weekends - it's AMATEUR HOUR on Fridays and Saturdays.....REAL diners go out during the week, and leave the weekends to the POSERS and the ANTI-PARENTS and the NON-TIPPERS (that's you, LADIES and MINORITIES!!!!)

 

and don't EVER complain about the food at mcdonalds - you stuff your face for $5 and you have a complaint at the WORST restaurant in the world?

Feb 8, 2013 8:22PM
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That Family in "real life" was nothing like what is pictured....In the Article.

 

Many families have well mannered children...

 

If they don't, many times it's the Parents that are very "ill mannered" also..

Our children, especially our "first born" were exceptional in restaurants most times..

Our Grandchildren and GGkids, others were/are so-so..

 

Feb 12, 2013 2:52PM
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It's a sad situation when restaurant owners cannot speak to the parents of disruptive children without the parents escalating the matter. Perhaps restaurants should have ‘adult only’ dining sections, padded and sound proofed, as it seems no matter the quality of restaurant or the price of the meal wild children are generally ignored by their checked out parents and management. Although we have all but quit dinning out, when we do dine with well behaved kids, we make it a practice of thanking their parents.

Feb 12, 2013 2:03PM
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I am so in agreement with this "well behaved kids in restaurant" blog.  My husband and I were always congratulated for having well behaved kids in restaurants while they were growing up.  Rule Number One:  child does not leave the table, except to go to the rest room.  Even then an adult should accompany them.  Rule Number Two:  bring along pens or pencils and when the waiting is long play games on paper or placemats such as tic-tac-toe, hangman, etc.  Kids, naturally get bored and there's no reason to inflict a long drawn out meal on them without some help. 
Feb 8, 2013 7:59PM
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Don't forget to vote for Chris Van Hollen for President of the United States in 2016 and 2020.

 

He will be the best President in American History!

 

God bless America!

Feb 9, 2013 12:45AM
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should have given more than $4...........i work at a resturant and if upscale is only doing a $4 buy back on manners id rather take my kids to unos on kids eat free tuesdays instead of paying for a 20 chicken fingers at a fine dinning experince...........by the way im lying and i make 6 figures a yr and i still take my kids to tuesdays nights at unos
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