Excerpt the First:
A restaurant in Carolina Beach is stirring up controversy over a couple of signs reading, "Screaming children will not be tolerated."
Excerpt the Second:
"I've never seen a restaurant say, don't bring your screaming kids in here," said Ashley Heflin, who is a mom of two. "You can't help it if your kids scream."
YES. YES, YOU CAN.
You can either pay attention to them -- and that includes "discipline", if need be -- or you can stay the BLEEP home and take care of them.
You can even find a baby sitter, if you just need some out-of-the-house time and a break from parenting.
When I first reacted to this story, hoodahdc said, "Athe is angry about babies."
No, Athe is angry about parents.
Nine times out of ten, when I see some kid screaming its head off in a restaurant or a mall or in my BLEEPing store, the parents are blithely ignoring it and doing their damnedest to hold a conversation over their progeny's howls.
I would, for the record, consider the stereotypical parental brush-off of "not now, dear, Mommy's talking" that is media shorthand for "parental neglect" vastly superior to the parents I see who flat-out ignore their offspring.
So yes. YES. Hooray for Brenda Armes, and I hope beyond hope that she's the harbinger of a trend.