Lorraine MacDuff, owner of Rainy Days Cafe in Lake Stevens, Wash., was irritated when a couple of Moms didn't clean up after their kids and so she did what people do in 2013 when she had to be an actual business owner and clean the floor of her business after a patron made a bit of a mess (THE HORROR).
Now, as a mother myself, I can tell you that kids are messy. Well, mine is, anyway. And I kinda dig that about my daughter. So take THAT, Lorraine.
Yes, I remember a time when I was a single woman, sans children, and I'd be sitting in a restaurant, looking at those frazzled moms-with-kids and saying to myself, "wow...those Moms need to get a grip on those kids. They're totally messy and loud, and if I had kids, I'd NEVER ALLOW THAT OMG." But now that I actually have birthed one myself and I live in the Real World that is mommyhood? Yeah. Toddlers are sticky. Messy. Crazy. And sometimes - just SOMETIMES - you have to leave your freaking house. Which, I assume, is what these Moms did when they said, "hey...let's go get a cup of coffee like human beings and try to have a conversation like normal people, even though our toddlers will be doing everything in their power to make us remember that we didn't get a shower this morning, let alone haven't finished an actual adult conversation in approximately 2.5 years." And I also assume that these chicks paid for their coffee (or whatever it is they ordered), and they paid for the service they were provided from the Rainy Days Cafe.
But I also assume that they didn't realize that they paid for the added bonus of being shamed on Facebook.
YAY for them.
My stance is pretty clear for THIS incident. It sucks that kids are messy. But kids are messy - unless you were blessed with having some sort of Stepford kid. Good for you. And it sucks that these Moms didn't have cordless, hand-held vacuum cleaners in their purses. That's unfortunate for everyone involved, but I can relate to not wanting to crowd my already-overcrowded handbag with one of those things. I think it flat-out sucks what the business-owner did. I happen to be one of those people who believes in customer service, the customer always being right, and all that old fashioned stuff like common sense and low gas prices and not throwing gobs of money at people simply because their last name is Kardashian. Now, do I believe that some people truly suck and have no business breeding, let alone allowing those offspring to go out in public? Yes. Yes, I occasionally believe that. But I also know that being a Mom is hard work, and only celebrities and perfect people that I have never had the obvious privilege of meeting or knowing have kids who don't produce endless amounts of crumbs, dirt, and chocolate leaking out of their faces.
This is why, as a Mom, you learn to be gracious and tip well. End of story.
This business owner is entitled to an opinion. But I'm also entitled to mine. If she doesn't want kids in her shop, put a sign on the door that says, "I hate kids. They're not welcome." Problem solved.
Or if you can't woman-up and run your business and understand that running said business involves occasionally cleaning up some crumbs on the floor, quit being a hosebeast on Facebook and alienating half your prospective clientele.
Seriously. She's lecturing the Moms on manners?