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to think that this woman was a cow

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PrettyHairClips Tue 13-Nov-12 18:12:20

I was sitting in the Morrisons cafe today with my two toddlers (living the high-life over a kids fish fingers and mash). A few tables away there was a screaming preschooler in the full throws of a tantrum and her very worn-out, bewildered looking mother. This poor mum tried every trick in the book to get her child to calm down: distraction, ignoring, firmly telling off.

This went on for 10 minutes or so.

Then a woman at a nearby table, got up, put her coat on, then said loudly to me as she walked out, "I can't take any more of this screaming" (she was beaming a smug smirk as she said it, then rolled here eyes and walked off).

wtf is up with people?

CheerMum Tue 13-Nov-12 18:14:59

Possibly she didn't enjoy her post-food shop cuppa accompanied by ten minutes of screaming?

MrsTerryPratchett Tue 13-Nov-12 18:16:30

No one is being unreasonable or everyone is. 10 minutes of a screaming child is awful. Having a screaming child is awful. I have every sympathy with the Mum but also with the person who left.

frootshoots Tue 13-Nov-12 18:17:11

To be fair, I'd have probably guzzled my coffee and scoffed my cake to quickly get away if they were showing no signs of leaving. But I'd have left the smart arse comment out. Supermarket cafes are not where you go if you want a zen like dining experience.

PrettyHairClips Tue 13-Nov-12 18:17:25

Did the person who left have to say that so loudly? What good did it do?

NotMostPeople Tue 13-Nov-12 18:17:40

She was being a cow however I do sympathise especially now my dc's are older I'm less tolerant of screaming children. I wouldn't have said anything but I would have left.

Fisharefriendsnotfood Tue 13-Nov-12 18:18:50

If my kid was screaming I would leave, and it wouldn't take me 10 mins either

TimothyTumblespring Tue 13-Nov-12 18:18:51

I don't think she was BU to be pissed off by it. However, I think it was U to make it known she was pissed off.

RyleDup Tue 13-Nov-12 18:19:41

I wo

ENormaSnob Tue 13-Nov-12 18:19:42

I wouldn't have sat for ten minutes if my pre schooler was having a screaming fit.

Totally unfair to other diners IMO.

ticktockcroc Tue 13-Nov-12 18:20:01

Eek, she didn't need to say that, no.

I'd have left long before ten mins if was the pre schooler mum though.

diddl Tue 13-Nov-12 18:20:29

Did the mother hear?

Maybe it should have occurred to her to leave sooner?

RyleDup Tue 13-Nov-12 18:20:52

I would have left too. It gets in your head. Its bad enough having to listen to your own kids, let alone someone elses. I wouldn't have made a comment though.

ObiWan Tue 13-Nov-12 18:21:02

Ten minutes is a long time to allow your child to scream in a cafe, to be fair.

Perhaps she meant it as a hint to the mother for next time.

domesticgodless Tue 13-Nov-12 18:22:08

Must be a nightmare if you have say an SN kid with sensory issues or just one of those constantly screaming toddlers.

You are basically expected to leave every public space as soon as they set off. So you end up confined to your house. Dreadful.

ticktockcroc Tue 13-Nov-12 18:22:41

To be fair, the one and only time I've been in a Morrisons cafe left me feeling like screw ing for ten minutes too. It was like a mid 80s wimpy or someshing. Very surreal.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 13-Nov-12 18:23:07

I also have the utmost sympathy with everyone here.

Smartarse comments are not helpful

But I would not (and did not) subject everyone else to 10 minutes of my tantrummy DSs in ful throttle

PrettyHairClips Tue 13-Nov-12 18:23:35

I believe the mother (of the screaming kid) was waiting for their food to arrive.

WizardofOs Tue 13-Nov-12 18:23:51

I wouldn't have said anything but the screaming would have got right on my tits. I may well have left. I might have even let myself indulge in a little eye roll.

My youngest has just started school and so I have done my toddler time, paid my dues etc. I am allowed to be smug that they and me all survived the tantrum stage.

domesticgodless Tue 13-Nov-12 18:24:05

I remember a few awful days like that with my ds1 who was a crying baby and awful toddler. I would always remove him but I remember crying at home myself quite a few days and nights because I just couldn't go anywhere or sit down in public for 2 mins. Because of him I had no life, and it sent me into depression tbh. Dealing with constant crying and tantrums is awful and no one gives a shit or helps you out. So my sympathies are more with the mother than the few people who had to drink their coffee quickly and leave.

mrskeithrichards Tue 13-Nov-12 18:24:43

Do kids still eat for free in Morrisons?

JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 13-Nov-12 18:25:12

Actually, thinking about it, I'm more tolerant of it in other children than I was in my own child. I probably wouldn't leave a cafe if someone else's child was screaming.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Tue 13-Nov-12 18:25:51

Who honestly enjoys listening to screaming? No one.

I would have moved too I'm afraid, though without the comment.

mmmnoodlesoup Tue 13-Nov-12 18:26:20

She should have taken her son home if he was so distressed. Maybe he didn't feel well, hence why nothing was working.

PrettyHairClips Tue 13-Nov-12 18:26:36

ticktock - Wimpy - loving it. A very accurate description.

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