Diner owner yells at screaming two-year-old in her restaurant - and people are APPLAUDING her

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Marcy's Diner viral story
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Like many social media users, when mum Tara Carson had a bad experience at a local restaurant, she took to Facebook to vent her frustrations.

However, rather than the usual mix-up with the orders or food arriving cold, she had a rather more serious accusation to make against the establishment. Writing on the page for Marcy's Diner in Portland Maine, Tara posted:

'I had the worst experience at this restaurant. The owner is an absolute lunatic and screamed in the face of my almost 2 year old child bc she was crying. Who in their right mind would behave like this unless you are deranged.'

'You have a problem with a child crying then you are not suitable to run a business.'

Tara's now-deleted Facebook post in full

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'If it bothered you so much you should have spoken to me and not traumatized my child by screaming in her face. May karma bite you in the a@@.'

Darla Neugebauer, the owner of the diner, commented back, but rather than issue an apology, she left a rather sweary response to Tara's post, justifying her actions.

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It becomes clear that the order, of three full-size pancakes, was taking longer than usual to arrive, and the child in question has been making noise in the meantime - something Darla was not impressed with.

'After your 4th attempt to shut her up I asked you to pack up either your rotten child or take the so important pancakes to go.......but NNNNOOOOOOO you just sit there & let your f*cking screaming kid go! & p*ss off my staff & my patrons!' she wrote. 'And guess what.? She shut the f*ck up after I yelled from 5 feet away!'

When the post started gaining attention online, Darla then posted an explanation of her actions:

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Since the story broke, commenters have arrived on the diner's Facebook page in droves - some with words of support for Tara and her child, but many saying that Darla 'did the right thing'. 'I'm not from there but I need a plane ticket to Maine to shake this woman's hand! I applaud u for standing your grounds and not letting your customers get pissed off and leave because of someone who can't control their kids,' one commenter said.

'Good job I wish more people would stand up to parents that wont stop there kids from acting up in public I have two kids myself and would never let my kids act that way if anything I would leave so the other people can enjoy there meal', another agreed.

Others concur with the support, saying;'Whenever I visit your state I'm making sure I have breakfast/lunch there! You Rock!'

Local news stations have since interviewed Darla, but she stands by her actions.

'I slammed my hands on the table and said, ‘This needs to stop’ — meaning her screaming — and I pointed at her and she looked at me and she stopped. I might have used poor judgment,' she said in an interview with KVUE, 'but I wouldn’t say I was sorry, because it stopped. When things stop, it’s usually a good thing.'

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Alessandro Sala

When my daughter was about 3 years old we were out with friends for a dinner in a restaurant. In the while we were waiting for the food being ready my (ex) wife been just chatting with her mates and left my daughter walking around for the restaurant and annoying other people while they been eating their meals. After 3 minutes of this show, realizing my dear wife didn't care too much about what the little girl been doing (whatever asked her few times to stop her) , I went to the till, paid the bill and took the girl to the car: we ended up eating the meal in the car. Useless to say I didn't take any more the little one to a restaurant until she gave proof of being able to behave properly when out.


Since WHEN can a 2 year old little girl (little more than a toddler) consume THREE full sized pancakes? Since when does a 2 year old get "special orders" that take extra time to cook? WHY couldn't the little monster have a normal sized order? Then, after the demanding brat was allowed to "tell the kitchen what to do," she is then allowed to have a SCREAMING FIT! That is disgusting and proves that the crappy little monster has a TERRIBLE mother! As to the hypothetical question of how I would react to someone disciplining my child; it never happened!!! In fact, I have been complimented (a number of times) on how "nice" or "great" or "well" my child behaved in public!!! If my child was ever so horrid that a total stranger was moved to "scream" at her, I would have been very embarrassed, and would have had to examine my behavior as a mother. In reading her (now removed) complaint, Tara Carson NEVER looked at her own behavior, or that of her bratty child; she just complained about Darla having "traumatized" her daughter by raising her voice. It appears that Tara has NO IDEA how to be a mother, and that if you want to bring your child to public places, you had better teach them how to behave! Clearly, this snotty little brat is allowed to do anything she wants, with zero boundaries. Mothers like Tara Carson are a disgrace; children need guidance, and instruction on how to behave; not someone who defends their bad behavior.

Sue G.

Thumbs up to the hardworking owner of the diner! Big thumbs down to the parents of the screaming child who thought less of thier child and fellow paying patrons than they did of themselves. A bigger thumbs down to the mother for taking her priviledged thoughts to the Washington Post and it's readers.


Pmsl!!!!! Sorry I'm with Darla on this one!!!!!! Go gal!!!!!!

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