All of us must have encountered a family with ill-behaved children at a restaurant at least once in our lifetime. Such behaviors usually attract many kinds of reactions. A wine bar in Italy has decided to take unexpected measures and reward the parents of children with good behavior with a 5 percent discount.
This initiative sparked a lot of interest and many opinions from the public. Some regarded the idea as a good initiative, while others, such as the parents of the “uneducated” children, felt vexed that others might regard them as bad parents and think they didn’t know how to educate their children.
Antonio Ferrari is the owner of the wine bar in question, situated in northern Padua. He came up with the idea when, one Sunday afternoon, he saw a group of six adults and five children that behaved courteous and polite. The parents had brought from home coloring books, toys, or other tools to keep them entertained without bothering the other customers.
Ferrari wanted to compliment the parents without being too straightforward, so he decided to apply this method that he had seen before in a restaurant in Miami.
Also, he wanted to make some clarifications and avoid misunderstandings. He declared that children were welcome in his restaurant and they would still be served meals that are not on the menu, if they require. However, he and his staff would prefer youngsters that are well-behaved and do not bother the other customers that are looking for a peaceful atmosphere.
Also, he wanted to make sure that he was not looking to judge anyone for their parenting. He said that, in Italy, a problem that was often encountered was the fact that people felt judged for everything they might do. This is why even a positive commentary might be misinterpreted. He declared that he would offer the discount again but he would not make a special offer out of it.
A picture of the receipt appeared on social media and, as expected, received many words of praise and admiration. However, it spiced some negative reactions, too.
This is not the first case of a restaurant that rewards its customers for good behavior. A café in France offers discounts for those who say “thank you” and “please” when ordering, while a restaurant in Los Angeles has a special discount for those who spend their evening without checking their phone.
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