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DorothyL Thu 28-May-15 23:02:31

At what age would you say a teenager could have a birthday meal with a group of friends at somewhere like Prezzo without an adult there?

LaurieFairyCake Thu 28-May-15 23:10:03

13/14?

DorothyL Thu 28-May-15 23:18:54

That's what I thought, but the waitress seemed a bit annoyed

YesThisIsMe Thu 28-May-15 23:20:05

My DD used to go to Pizza Express with mates when she was 11/12. But usually after school when they were pretty much empty.

LaurieFairyCake Thu 28-May-15 23:20:36

Did you assure her they wouldn't act up?

A bit weird she was off with you.

BackforGood Thu 28-May-15 23:20:40

I'd probably be there, but at another table, where they could get me if they needed me, sort of thing, but I wasn't in their conversation.

It can get complicated unless it's a fixed price menu - like a Chinese Buffet Meal or something. You know the trouble adults have, I wouldn't expect my 13 yr old to be able to be relaxed in that situation.

Like most of these questions - depends on the stages they've gone through first.

Generally though, mine have been 16 before setting off entirely on their own.

BackforGood Thu 28-May-15 23:21:32

x-posted.
Can see their point.
You may know they are responsible / well behaved enough, but I suspect her experience tells her that can't be relied upon.

AtiaoftheJulii Thu 28-May-15 23:22:18

I think my eldest was 13 - I spoke to the people when I booked the table, there weren't loads of them, and I was there at the beginning and the end.

ArcheryAnnie Thu 28-May-15 23:22:44

I left mine at 13 in Nandos...

Was the waiter annoyed before or after? Before = she was being a bit unreasonable. After = there was probably a reason she was annoyed.

Behooven Thu 28-May-15 23:22:45

Why is it the waitresses business? Unless there is some misbehaviour or mess it's nothing to do with her.

DorothyL Thu 28-May-15 23:22:54

Not so much off with me but with the teenagers. I came back in time to help sort out the bill.

AlpacaMyBags Thu 28-May-15 23:36:59

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elephantoverthehill Thu 28-May-15 23:37:24

Gosh, I assume all these children manage to go to Mc Ds, subway etc and don't get thrown out. What really is the difference? These youngsters are their future market. They need to work at it, encourage young people to go out and eat. Otherwise it will be ' I'll be home Mam for me steak 'n kidney pud' til they are 40

DorothyL Fri 29-May-15 07:38:55

That's what I thought, okay so maybe they didn't spend as much as adults but they are the customers of the future...

DorothyL Fri 29-May-15 07:39:03

That's what I thought, okay so maybe they didn't spend as much as adults but they are the customers of the future...

cdtaylornats Fri 29-May-15 09:19:30

I suspect the waitress was a bit off because teenagers don't tip.

Rascalls3 Fri 29-May-15 10:22:43

Agree with cdtaylornats. No tip and additional aggregation for the waitress with regard to general noise and larking around.

Rascalls3 Fri 29-May-15 10:26:46

Opps... aggravation

DorothyL Fri 29-May-15 10:36:03

I did tip at the end though.

ppeatfruit Fri 29-May-15 10:45:28

Maybe the waitress was in bad mood, she was being unreasonable because you could get a load of drunk suits who'd be much more trouble , they might tip or they might not ! Maybe she was just a meany anyway grin.

ppeatfruit Fri 29-May-15 10:48:41

We took our 13 yr old to that movie restaurant in the Troc. for her b\day and although we didn't leave her and her friends it was great.

bigTillyMint Fri 29-May-15 10:49:26

DD and her mates used to go to Pizza Express on their own (no adults to pay - they booked and paid) from the start of secondary. No idea whether they annoyed the waitressesgrin

I wonder if the problem might have been that teen girls can get quite excited and raucous?wink

ppeatfruit Fri 29-May-15 11:53:42

Planet Hollywood !! That ages me grin The waiters were fine,

ArcheryAnnie Fri 29-May-15 11:54:06

Possibly mine didn't get trouble at Nandos because you pay (and tip) upfront, so there's no possibility of narky teens running up a huge bill and then running off or kicking up a fuss. (Which isn't to say that yours would have done that, obviously, OP, just that the waiter may have had experience of that.)

ChillySundays Tue 02-Jun-15 20:52:21

Not sure I would have tipped if the waitress has an attitude

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