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what kind of restaurant takes an order from a 7 year old without an adult around
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Usually, kids that are born with money are used to having what they want. The waiter might have presumed this about the 7 year old and let the child order what she wanted because he would have thought he'll be scolded otherwise. Just a thought...
I see what you're saying... but if that 7 year old came from money and was so mature and worldly then wouldn't they have ordered caviar and not 'pearls'? I was a server in college and now I have a masters in education... there are ways you can check with parents without throwing the kids under the bus or getting yourself in trouble... it's not rocket science!
I would have talked to the manager that waiter took advantage of the situation. This is one of those few instances that I would not tip. I hope you enjoyed your pearls though (:
But, as #67 said, they could have had an ordering service through tablets and the daughter could have just pressed the caviar a lot because she thought it was pretty. If so, then no one is really to blame (except maybe the father for leaving them alone with a tablet) and I feel bad for the restaurant for wasting so much expensive food.
pretty sure a restaurant shouldnt serve a 7-year-old that much expensive food without adult supervision
Going to have to agree to that and to maybe teaching your child some manners. At seven a) I wasn't taken to expensive restaurants because I always SEVEN and had no reason to need to eat meals that cost that much and b) knew better than to order multiple of anything off the menu because I was taught it was not my place to spend my parents" money without permission. Besides, this story has bs written all over it. No waiter would take this order. If he did a quick talk with a manager would resolve it.
Why would you leave a 7 year old unattended in public place? Someone could have lured the kid away.
I look after kids for a living and am certified in child development. 7 is old enough to be left alone for a 2-5min bathroom break with other kids there. OP said he took his "kids," so I'm betting there's more than one. This gives them a little responsibility and independence without throwing a lot on them. This jerk of a waiter just took advantage. Also, a person after children is not going to take them from a group, in a restaurant, which usually has quite a bit of people.
#19, thank you for spreading common sense here. My son is turning seven soon, and while I wouldn't let him take a public bus to school on his own just yet, he is old enough to visit his cousins, who live in 5 minute walking distance through mostly private owned paths, alone, as long as we check he has arrived OK. At that age, back when I was a kid, we'd walk to school alone and the first time you'd know something was wrong would be noon. Looking a bit more closely after our kids is fine, and maybe necessary, but overdoing it to the extreme is potentially damaging to the child, and unnecessary.
I'm guessing your daughter? Sell her toys until you reach $425!
7 is that middle age where you're starting to want to order your own meals, hand money to the cashier yourself, etc. OP might have been allowing their daughter some of these new freedoms, but it isn't reasonable to expect a 7 year old to understand the value of delicacies like that. She couldn't possibly have known how expensive they'd be, and it's on the waiter for actually filling such an order. They should have had the common sense to realise "hey this is a kid and she's ordering several hundred dollars worth of food. I'd better wait for the parents"