It’s a feud that is going viral with every parent and non-parent weighing in on who was right and who was wrong.
A family of three went to a local cafe in the city of Portland, Maine in the US. As they were enjoying their breakfast, their daughter became upset and the owner and chef yelled at the two-year-old to be quiet.
Both sides have told their story to the local Portland news site WCSH6.
Darla Neugebauer, owner and chef of Marcy’s Diner, tells WCSH6 that the parents ordered three full size pancakes for their two-year-old. In the interview, she is shocked at why parents would insist on ordering such a big meal for their child. When the order came out, Neugebauer says that instead of giving the child her pancakes, the parents put the plate out of reach of the child. Causing her to scream and cry.
Neugebauer says that she asked the parents to leave due to the noise their child was making. But they refused. Eventually, it got too much for Neugebauer who was concerned for her staff and 75 other patrons. She says she slammed her palms on the counter between the kitchen and cafe and said, “This needs to stop” while looking at the child. She says the child stopped crying, the mum said in shock, “Are you screaming at my child?” and then the parents left.
The version of events is a little different from mum, Tara Carson. Carson says that her daughter was crying for about 10 minutes. Nothing out of the normal, according to her. That's when the owner, Neugebauer, screamed in the child's face to "shut the hell up".
When Carson confronted Neugebauer, "Are you really yelling at a child right now?", Carson says Neugebauer said, "Yes, I am. She (the two-year-old) needs to shut the hell up and go".
Carson says she then turned to her two-year-old whose "eyes were full of fear" and explained to her that she was raising her not to act like Neugebauer.
Watch the full interview here and post continues after the video (yes there's even more to this story).