Like everyone else, I have been reading the news from Portland, Maine and enjoying the chuckles of a ridiculously overblown event. If you haven’t read about it, here’s the gist:
A young tourist couple with a small child stopped in for breakfast one morning at a very small restaurant on a very busy day for the establishment. These “parents” let their child scream for 40 minutes while they completely ignored it, much to the dismay of everyone else in the restaurant. After being told to leave, they continued to sit there and ruin everyone’s breakfast. Finally, the owner of the restaurant came over and yelled at them to shut their kid up.
The majority of people were impressed with the owner’s chutzpah and supported her online in FB and elsewhere, but there were smatterings of disapproval from the permanently offended crowd who thought that she was mean to these poor excuses for parents.
Darla Neugebauer, the owner of Marcy’s, did not shy away from the controversy and appeared on TV in her own defense. She was unapologetic and totally forthcoming about the incident, unlike the mother of the screaming infant.
Tara Carson, the inattentive and thoughtless mother, turns out to be a marketer from New York and has attempted to use her quite unimpressive skills to sway the tide in her favor, but alas, she failed miserably, churning out what might be described as an insincere pablum in the Washingon Post.
“I’ll never forget the look on my baby’s face,” she drooled in her article. Maybe because that was the first time she’d looked at the kid since she sat down 40 minutes before.
“It was then that I turned to my daughter and said calmly, “This is exactly how I’m raising you not to be.””. Exactly. She’s going to raise her child to be a thoughtless, self-centered twit just like mommy.
“We then paid the bill, tipped the waitress 25 percent and left.” This one is impossible to believe. Why would she state the percentage? To assuage her guilt of leaving nothing and trying to look generous.
Notice the photo of the two candidates for parents of the year in the WP op-ed. Doesn’t she look like a down-to-earth caring mother? Is this the same picture that she sent to the casting call for The Real Housewives of New Jersey? I can see why the child was ignored. She and her husband were most likely too busy taking selfies and applying makeup.
I for one, look forward to dining at Marcy’s on my next trip to Portland.
Note to Darla Neugebauer: You should create an online tshirt store and start taking advantage of this short term fame. Maybe something like:
“Marcy’s Diner – Sit down and shut up!”
“Marcy’s Diner – We don’t serve or take any crap”
You get the idea.