Jr’s Shack is an amazing diner down the street from my house. You really can’t beat their pancake stacks, warm environment and good cup of coffee. While it isn’t a four star breakfast or anything, the atmosphere is unbeatable. Whenever I go there usually the dining area is about 3/4 full. Old men sit and drink coffee while exchanging stories. It has its regulars as well as people like myself who occasionally drop in with my family.
We like the go to Jr’s Shack because it is a bit loud, the kids can be a bit loud, and the customer service is ALWAYS top notch. Would I consider it a classy joint? I mean, it is a hometown favorite. Everyone who has grown up in this area has at least been to The Shack, JR’s Shack or The Shack in Groton at least once. Not many places around here have the praise these joints have.
Now, this isn’t just a plug for a great place to eat if you are ever in my area. This obviously is leading toward something. If you haven’t been on Facebook and seen recently, EVERYONE is talking about Marcy’s Diner. For those not in the know, the owner of this diner decided to yell at a child who had been unruly in her establishment. Many have fierce opinions on this and I wouldn’t be a true parent blogger if I didn’t weigh in on it.
It absolutely floors me that this woman stands by what she did and believes it was okay. I am sorry, but if someone yelled at my child I would flip. The. Fuck. Out.
Look, this wasn’t some five star restaurant on the upper East Side. This was a fucking diner in Maine. The type of establishment you should be able to take your unruly kids to with the understanding that even though your eggs are greasy your kid can be a little bit of a snot. I get it, this kid was an asshole. I am sure the kid was the biggest little douche this side of New England. It is a fucking diner though. I happen to have two little two year old’s that enjoy going into public and being assholes.
This isn’t to say the parents of this child are not in the wrong. When my kids are being unruly in public I usually take them outside to play while the food gets made. Then, we scarf down our food like its an eating competition before high tailing it out of there after dropping a giant “I am sorry my kids are monsters” tip for the waitress or waiter.
No one should yell at a child that isn’t theirs though. I don’t see how that is right or how any parent could even think that is okay. Without knowing ANYTHING about this kid or the asshole parents that is just wrong to me. And another thing- I don’t know what they had been through before finding that diner. Neither do you. Some days are just bad. The kid wakes up and by lunch time you need to call a priest to perform an exorcism or drop your kid off at the fire department with a note that says “find him a good home”. What if that two year old had special needs? Is it okay to just assume parents don’t know how to parent and scream at their kid?
No. I am sorry, but it is not. No one should ever feel like they have the right to discipline SOMEONE ELSE’S child. Ask them to leave your restaurant, you have that right. You don’t have the right to shout at someone else’s kid.
The diner owner stands by her actions because the kid stopped being unruly. She is lucky that the mom didn’t get unruly and punch her in the fucking head like my wife probably would have, I can see that headline.
“Wife of world renown super famous Punk Rock Papa punches a restaurant owner in the head for yelling at the cutest twins in the world.”
It isn’t okay to yell at someone else’s kids, whether you own the joint or not. When my friends bring their youngsters to my house I don’t get open season on their asses because I own the place. The same goes for some diner in Maine.
You don’t get to parent other people’s kids, no matter how they are acting.
And to the parents of that little child who got yelled at- I seriously doubt your fucking two year old is traumatized by an angry bitch yelling in their face. Get over yourself and focus more on parenting your child and less on trying to be internet famous.
You both suck, the owner just sucks a little more than you do this time around.
Jr’s Shack is delicious and they get twenty dollar tips because they don’t yell in my kid’s faces.