Restaurant Knocks $5 Off Brunch Bill For “Well Behaved Kids”

While parents who let their kids run wild in public are often the object of (much-deserved) scorn and derision, moms and dads whose youngsters behave themselves rarely get the high-five they deserve for reducing the world’s general level of brattiness. But yesterday, a restaurant in Canada decided that a family with a non-rowdy kid deserved a break on their bill.

Last night, a parent in Calgary posted the above receipt from an area Japanese restaurant to Reddit.

The family had celebrated Mother’s Day with some brunch, and their one-year-old daughter apparently was so non-fussy that the eatery took five dollars off the $54 CAD ($49.63 USD) bill.

This is a huge improvement over a 2013 Father’s Day incident in which a waitress in Missouri included “F**king Needy Kid” as a line item on a customer’s bill.

[via Eater]

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  1. furiousd says:

    I like seeing positive reinforcement of desirable behaviours like this in addition to the negative reinforcement penalties such as a friend who adds “PIA” fees to customer’s invoices who go above and beyond to make life difficult. I’d also like to see this implemented in certain citizenship situations, such as being pulled over for driving safely or being particularly courteous and given a reward significant enough that people would talk about it and their friends and neighbors would be influenced to behave better. If we always do the bare minimum to avoid penalties then we still end up becoming a crummy society. If we go out of our way to be good because we might get a reward, then we become better people. If we all behave well because we care about the people around us, then that’s the best way to live.

  2. webalias says:

    Though I dislike dining out in the company of noisy, unruly kids, the restaurant’s “well-behaved kids discount” is probably a bad idea. Just like having internet “fast lanes” necessarily means there will also be comparatively “slow lanes,” a discount for well-behaved kids means parents with poorly behaved kids are getting a penalty/surcharge. If I were parent, I’d be uncomfortable with the idea of a restaurant that feels compelled to make a judgment on my children’s behavior, good or bad. And, given the inevitable challenges parents face in dealing with children in public, I doubt it’s going to change anybody’s parenting style, or any kids’ resulting behavior. Also: though it’s probably not illegal, the policy feels unfairly discriminatory — kids aren’t aren’t the only ones who can be badly behaved in a restaurant. I’ve seen some loud, obnoxious, horrible behavior from adults dining out, some of whom have been drunk, some not. If parents with kids get a discount (or a surcharge) based on their behavior, shouldn’t other diners?

    • Snarkapus says:

      “Though I dislike dining out in the company of noisy, unruly kids, the restaurant’s “well-behaved kids discount” is probably a bad idea. Just like having internet “fast lanes” necessarily means there will also be comparatively “slow lanes,” a discount for well-behaved kids means parents with poorly behaved kids are getting a penalty/surcharge. ”

      In a just world, parents with poorly behaved kids WOULD get a surcharge, above and beyond regular pricing, as judged by those seated around said brats.

  3. ResNullum says:

    I’m only against this idea because I believe it should instead be a penalty incurred by parents with poorly behaved children (who then do nothing about said behaviour). Positive reinforcement should be given for unexpectedly good behaviour, not the bare minimum of civility. Negative reinforcement would be more apropos to either vex or drive away customers who refuse to discipline their children.