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
'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.
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:
Image: Facebook/Marcy's Diner
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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