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Old 05-23-2007, 10:15 AM   #11
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Bravo, I don't understand how unfeeling and thoughtless some people can be with children..I'd have done the same thing.Frankly, if my child wanted a steak and I didn't have all that much money, we would have gone some place where we could all enjoy a meal without worrying about the cost, or by heaven I'd have eaten hard tack and the kid would have had steak!
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Old 05-23-2007, 10:17 AM   #12
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I'm more along Uncle Bob's line. I don't watch people to feel good, or to watch how nicely life is going, or to observe them having a good time

I watch people that i have a feeling will cause some sort of scene or do something hilarious or disgusting.
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Old 05-23-2007, 02:11 PM   #13
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At McDonalds, I get upset with people who make their children eat before they can look at the toy in the happy meal or before they can run and play in the jungle gym. Usually they leave right after they finish eating and take the broken promises with them. Those kids could eat their happy meal later; it comes in a bag after all. They do the same thing at the park when they are having a picnic.

I lose my appetite when parents make their 5 year olds sit in a high chair.

It's not fun to watch kids sitting at a table waiting for their grandparents to bring them a plate of food from the buffet when they are 12 years old.

I feel sorry for parents who feed their children and wait on them at restaurants and then the kids get bored and restless and rude while their parents are trying to eat.

One of my favorite restaurant watches was when a lady came in with her young child. After they had their food and was eating, the lady started breaking french fries in half, dipping them in ketchup, and flicking them off the end of her fingers. They were going every where. The kid was about a year old and was laughing. I imagine that they do that at home too. It was such a surprise behavior that I just didn't know what to think.

We took two kids with us to McDonalds one time. They took the pickles off their sandwiches and laid them aside. It was usual for them that when they were finished eating that they would flick the pickles on the glass window and watch the pickle race! I did not see that one coming. LOL
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Old 05-23-2007, 02:28 PM   #14
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Stir Blue, I'm glad I'm not eating at the places you mention because I would not be happy with that sort of behaviour. I did insist my kids (and my grandkids) eat their food before they got the toy, or played on the equipment - and heaven forbid they ever flick any kind of food. I'm amazed at the number of people who use no manners and have no concern for other people eating nearby or after them.
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Old 05-23-2007, 02:39 PM   #15
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At McDonalds, I get upset with people who make their children eat before they can look at the toy in the happy meal or before they can run and play in the jungle gym. Usually they leave right after they finish eating and take the broken promises with them. Those kids could eat their happy meal later; it comes in a bag after all. They do the same thing at the park when they are having a picnic.

I lose my appetite when parents make their 5 year olds sit in a high chair.

It's not fun to watch kids sitting at a table waiting for their grandparents to bring them a plate of food from the buffet when they are 12 years old.

I feel sorry for parents who feed their children and wait on them at restaurants and then the kids get bored and restless and rude while their parents are trying to eat.

One of my favorite restaurant watches was when a lady came in with her young child. After they had their food and was eating, the lady started breaking french fries in half, dipping them in ketchup, and flicking them off the end of her fingers. They were going every where. The kid was about a year old and was laughing. I imagine that they do that at home too. It was such a surprise behavior that I just didn't know what to think.

We took two kids with us to McDonalds one time. They took the pickles off their sandwiches and laid them aside. It was usual for them that when they were finished eating that they would flick the pickles on the glass window and watch the pickle race! I did not see that one coming. LOL
the biggest problem with this scenario is parents feeding their children mcdonald's, imo.
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:11 PM   #16
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the biggest problem with this scenario is parents feeding their children mcdonald's, imo.
If I had really been serious about preparing them for life, I should have taken them to a tavern and taught them to shoot pool! Now, they'll just have to wing it, won't they!

We never went to McDonalds because they have great food. We go there because it is family and child FRIENDLY. We have lots of winter here. Where would you take your children for hot cocoa after sledding in subzero weather? And where would you take them to play in subzero weather?

I have to admit that many times we went there and bought a shake, paid .52 cents for the toy and played in the jungle gym.

My children are all athletes and we spent many evenings at ball practice and Saturdays competing.

Sure, we rent movies, by the time a sports season is over, the movies are out on dvd!

Oh my gosh, woo hoo, a happy meal is going to kill you!!! (Well, only if you find it in the back seat of the car after a week!!!)
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:31 PM   #17
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Im not a big people watcher, but in alot of situations one cannot help but notice other people. Restaurants come to mind. Ya ever just watch someone else eat? It can range from hilarious to sickening!!

Then in the same situations (restaurants) I can get as angry as I can get
Watching parents mistreat their children. As mom and dad order expensive appetizers, salads, expensive entree's etc. Then there is this big quandry over what to order their daughter. It becme a 15 minute discussion with the waiter... the objective being... feed the kid as cheaply as possible. Oh! did I mention that the daughter had very little input and was at least 12 years old!!! Once in Pensacola Fla. I became so angry at a simular stiuation envolving a young boy, they were actually arguing with the kid. Finally I had heard enough. I got up went over to the table and put a $20.00 bill on the table and told the daddy(?) let the kid have what he wants and sat back down. The kid got the steak! Can you tell this type of behavoir makes me angry??

Bravo, Uncle Bob. I wish I could believe the cheapo dad got the real message.

I can remember the amazement caused by my 6 year-old daughter when she ordered prime rib for dinner in a restaurant one evening. Disbelief from the waiter, who asked me twice if it was OK. She got the dinner and ate the whole thing. Daddy's girl.
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:56 PM   #18
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Thanks for the memory Andy. My son at age 8 or 9 would be out with us and he would order in this deep, dignified, and sophisticated voice his appetizer, salad and entree etc. The waiter would give me this 'look" at which I would nod...yes! Sometimes the little "turkeys" meal would cost more than mine or his mother's. I can count on 1 hand the times we went home with a doggy bag for him!

I think the 'cheap' dad and mom got the point. After they left the establishment a waiter brought me the 20 bucks.
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Old 05-23-2007, 10:30 PM   #19
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The kindergarten teacher told me that my son always ordered what he wanted from the lunch menu (we have three lunches to choose from) regardless if it was the class favorite. (They have to order their lunch in the morning because it is catered in from the school district kitchen.)

She said that a child who orders what he wants and likes is an independent person and will make good decisions in life.

(it was school conference day, she had to come up with something that he was good at??? )
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Old 05-24-2007, 12:52 AM   #20
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I like to watch people for all kinds of reasons, body language, quirks, you can learn alot about a person just by watching and observing their manerisims.

My FAVORTIE is to watch a nice couple sitting at a restaurant, the guy out with a nice looking lady or wife, and then observe that man as a nice looking young waitress or patron walks by.... it is funny how easily their attention is diverted!!!!
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