Parenting

I Am Terrified Of Taking My Child Literally Anywhere

What if my bad parenting choices go viral?

This week, all of your friends’ Facebooks exploded over a mini-melee at Marcy’s Diner, a tiny restaurant in Portland, Maine. Accounts differ as to what exactly transpired during what shall henceforth be known as Brunchghazi, but all parties agree: A toddler became unruly in a restaurant during a long wait for pancakes, the parents didn’t remove her, Words Were Exchanged between owner Darla Neugebauerand the family (which included Neugebauer yelling at the child); the family paid, left, and later posted an irate review on the diner’s Facebook page; Neugebauer responded in a manner substantially more irate; the Internet detonated.