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These Parents were as useful as a chocolate teapot (MacDonalds related)

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pigletmania Sat 18-May-13 14:08:27

Went to MacDonalds with dd 6, she has ASD and developmental delay. We went sit down with our food, behind where I was sitting was a mini football pitch set up in lights where a very rowdy group of boys (7/8 years mabey) were pretending to play and shouting and cheering and knocking against my chair.

They must have been in a group tat one boys parents have taken out after football, they were all dressed in football gear of their local club. The host parents did nothing to tell the boys to be quiet and tone down their noise and behaviour. The parents got the boys ice cream and because one was messing about his ice cream spilt everywhere behind me. The parents did not tell this boy off, they said never mind the lady will clean it up and will get you another one shock. my dd was behaving much better, sitting quietly eating.

I eventually told them to be quiet after my chair was bashed for the umpteenth time and the screeching got louder, the parent came to apologise but te screeching and shouting still carried on. We eat up and left. My patience was in tatters, but dd was very calm

Aibu to think the parents should have told the boys to quieten down and to stop messing about, and to not get te boy who spilt his ice cream another for messing about, even if teir not the boys parents. I would no have any qualms about telling a child in my care off if they were misbehaving and being a nuscience

ShadeofViolet Sat 18-May-13 16:12:53

posted too soon.

I dont think YABU OP, but I think Md's are being unreasonable for putting it in there in the first place.

pigletmania Sat 18-May-13 16:36:12

I agree shade of, it's a tiny MacD not a huge one, so everyone sardines in. I would have preferred another venue but dd lives MAcD and it would have caused a bit of a meltdown if we did not go there

BackforGood Sat 18-May-13 16:43:38

Well, I'm still not 100% clear on this projected football pitch thing (and I was in a McDs at lunchtime as it happens grin) but if it's an area for playing in, as suggested, then I would expect excitement and noise. If you feel there's no room for it in the one you go to, then your anger needs to be directed at the McDs for encouraging excitement and moving about, not at the youngsters who are taking advantage of what's been laid on for them, nor the parents who are happy for their dc to enjoy it.

Nehru Sat 18-May-13 16:44:19

OP = you sound rather intolerant

tis macdonalds ffs

HorryIsUpduffed Sat 18-May-13 17:01:30

If DD loves McDonald's and frankly I don't blame her, Big Mac = heaven does she like drive-thru or takeaway just as much?

PatPig Sat 18-May-13 17:08:09


Noorny Sat 18-May-13 17:23:59

Are you not aware junk food exacerbates ASD symptoms?

op, I have two dcs with severe Autism ( one has adhd too ) and really struggle with kids flying about the place, i've wondered why I find myself getting irritated, even at kids parties etc and have come to the conclusion it's because our dcs are so controlled ie they couldn't tear around a restaurant as they may well escape, or try to get into the kitchen, so any behaviour of that kind in the early days and they were taken home immediately.

As a result they're pretty damn well behaved kids who sit in their seat properly whether they're in MC d's or the poncy Mexican in town......any 'moments' ( as a result of their Autism ) they have are dealt with by taking them out, pretty rare these days but it is for their safety and the safety of others plus I don't like being judged by gormless twats who can stare at my disabled children simply for being whilst their own darlings run amok

I'm also a miserable old bastard who will firmly fix the death glare on any child running around anywhere that wasn't a park or whatever.......the comment about letting the cleaner pick up the spilt ice cream pretty much sums up their crapness. << and breather >>

YABU btw wink

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Sat 18-May-13 17:26:15

Noorny..very sweeping statement you have scientific evidence?

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Sat 18-May-13 17:27:23

We have the classy solution. .we eat McDs in the car.

Yanbu, not YABU......I was so busy ranting about the crapness of lesser beings I got muddled blush

PopUpWorkshop Sat 18-May-13 17:29:25

Don't go to a dump like McDonalds if you're after a civilised meal.


fanjoforthemammaries7850 Sat 18-May-13 17:30:02

Some of you po faced folk could do with a burger and shake tbh

McNewPants2013 Sat 18-May-13 17:34:43

Yanbu, regardless if its McDonalds or a 5* restaurant children shouldn't be disturbing other people eating.

Running around and knocking people's chairs repeatly is not on.

My son has ASD and if he has a meltdown I pack everything up and we go home.

McNewPants2013 Sat 18-May-13 17:37:34

The only thing I have from McDonald is a coffee but DC like the food and the toy so I take them.

ENormaSnob Sat 18-May-13 17:42:25


I wouldn't allow my dc to behave like that.

NorthernLurker Sat 18-May-13 17:45:18

Your vulnerable child wasn't upset about this and the parents apologised to you for the bumping. I really don't see what your problems was. It was MAcdonalds. It's always hellish.

pigletmania Sat 18-May-13 18:04:32

Noony an occasional treat is not going to harm. The main thing dd was fine. Exactly McNew, would it be ok to run around knocking people's chairs and screaming and cheering at te local Harvester, no it would not. So why do some of you think that just because it's MacDonalds it's ok to leave your manners at home hmm

pigletmania Sat 18-May-13 18:06:19

Noony since dd has started her special school last year her behaviour has really settled down, so much so I take her to rainbows and non specialist dance

pigletmania Sat 18-May-13 18:07:21

We do normally drive through but today we were on foot

LynetteScavo Sat 18-May-13 18:17:38

7/8 year old boys + party + McDonalds = raucous hell.

I am a scary old bat who tells other peoples children off (all the children in our road know this) and would have told the boys to calm down. I even told one child to take their feet of the table in Frankie & Benny's at DD's last birthday party. But I can totally see why the parents were letting the boys be loud, and make a mess. I don't think that your DD has ASD has much to do with it.....this situation would have been unpleasant for me, but then I don't expect a pleasant experience when I go to McD's, I am grateful to be able to go somewhere it doesn't matter too much if the DC spill a drink/accidentally splatter ketchup. (And I do like the food!)

Are you not aware junk food exacerbates ASD symptoms? Really Noorny? Maybe you could help the OP out by providing her with some info and links, rather than being condescending.

manicinsomniac Sat 18-May-13 18:21:08

eh? Of course your child behaved better than the boys, she was alone with adults. What a bizarre thread. Her ASD is irrelevant, it was just her and her parents. Any one of those boys would probably have been perfectly well behaved as the only child. But a group of 7/8 year olds excited after football - I wouldn't be expecting much else!

The bumping into your chair was rude though and I would have expected the parents to try and control them.

pigletmania Sat 18-May-13 18:23:44

I know lynette I should have known, Sat afternoon MacDs hell on earth. I have been frequenting MacDs now for a lot of years and on weekend too and never had this before. I sound like a bit of a bat. I did tell them nicely to be quiet, and was not rude to the parents or children but I am entitled to secretly feel this way. Dd asd means she is a creature of habit and macD is one of te very few eating places she will go on without having a meltdown.

Shakirasma Sat 18-May-13 18:40:35

Piglet, YANBU

I have been to macdonalds today, it was packed full of families and groups of kids yet none of them were being a nuisance in the way you describe. There is never any excuse for spoiling somebody elses enjoyment of their meal with OTT behaviour.

As for it being suggested that some of these kids may have not been reigned in because of SN, well that is just an insult to parents of children with SN, 95% of whom work very hard to ensure their children get proper behavioural guidance. We do not just use SN as an excuse to let them run riot.

And FTR my son's ASD is absolutely unaffected by diet!

Noorny Sat 18-May-13 20:49:53

Are you not aware junk food exacerbates ASD symptoms? Really Noorny? Maybe you could help the OP out by providing her with some info and links, rather than being condescending.

This is just one of the many articles out there on the subject:

Why do you assume I make statements such as this without evidence based medicine?

Having taught Cambridge and Manchester undergraduates medicine while working as a research associate I think I know what I am talking about.

Unlike you that is.

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