Learning the eating habits of children is often a very painful experiences. For one thing, you never know how the child themselves is going to react to the food. For another, you never know how the child’s body is going to react to the food. It’s a lot of trial and error.
So when Reddit user spam1424 noticed a pattern of trial and error in a recurring customer in her restaurant, she became worried that the child’s parents were not adhering to the clear pattern she was recognizing. She then took matters into her own hands to save the child’s stomach…and to save her restaurant’s booths.
After some serious blowback from the child’s parents, she turned to the popular subReddit “Am I The A**hole?” or “AITA” for some feedback from objective strangers.
“AITA… for refusing to let someone order an item off the menu?”
Our original poster, or OP, talked about her place of work where this family comes on the regular:
“I’m a waitress at a restaurant chain know for their ice cream. (Do with that what you will) and I have a semi regular family that comes in every once in a while.”
“Every time they come in they order their youngest child Mac and cheese. The first time I served them, the child threw up all over the booth. “
“I didn’t think much of it, just that he was sick or had an upset stomach. I clean up the booth.”
This, however, continued to happen cyclically.
“The next time was the same thing. Mac and cheese then puke. Again in the booth and on the table.”
“This is an every time occurrence, the kid orders Mac end cheese then throws up. The kid never gets to the bathroom, and most the time he doesn’t even make an attempt to leave the table.”
“I believe once he started walking to the bathroom.”
After it continued to happen, OP put her foot down.
“This most recent time they came in and I was their waitress the child went to order Mac and cheese again, and I asked the mom.”
“’Is he okay to have that? He gets sick every time….’ the mom said ‘Oh yah Kraft Mac and Cheese makes him sick, but he wants it.'”
“I said ‘ma’am, I’m sorry but I don’t think your child should order this if you know he’s going to puke from eating it. And quite frankly I really don’t want to have to clean up vomit tonight.'”
Mom wasn’t happy, but eventually conceded the point.
“The mom threw a bit of a fit, but when I said, ‘why are you allowing your child to order a food that makes him sick, just to have someone else clean it up.’”
“And the manager had came over and was agreeing with me, she ordered him chicken tenders and fries instead.”
“Was I in the wrong for not wanting/allowing him to order the Mac and cheese that makes him sick?”
“I’ve shared this story with a few people and I’ve had some mixed reactions.”
Anonymous strangers weighed in by declaring:
- NTA – Not The A**hole
- YTA – You’re The A**hole
- ESH – Everyone Sucks Here
- NAH – No A**holes Here
Redditors agreed that OP was definitely the person with her head on straight.
“NTA I have never heard of such a ridiculous thing. I can guarantee the mother isn’t giving her child mac n cheese at home.”
“But since she doesn’t have to clean up the mess she doesn’t care.”
“What confuses me the most is that the mom knows that the Mac n cheese makes him sick and still lets him eat it. That sounds like bad parenting.”~Majestic-Meringue-40
“If the food *consistently* makes him puke, then he’s probably allergic to something in it, and repeated exposure is likely to aggravate that allergy.”
“Potentially to the point where it triggers not just puking, but a fatal anaphylactic shock reaction.”~DesiArcy
“NTA. That mother is atrocious. Absolute low life act to allow your child to eat something that makes him throw up repeatedly and expect others to clean up after him?”
“It almost sounds like child neglect to me. Appalling. You poor thing.”~V-838
“Definitely NTA. Even the thought of cleaning up someone else’s vomit makes me want to puke. 🤢”
“Next time, if the mom really wants to order the Mac n Cheese for her kid, tell her to bring in her own barf bucket (like my parents did for me as a kid who got carsick VERY easily).