Restaurant Receipt Shows Secret Well-Behaved Kids Discount

Daughter charms staff, parents get $5 off the bill

Children and restaurants often mix badly. Rambunctious kids tearing through the aisles can raise the blood pressure of patrons while elevating the noise level.

So, when out to a meal, you might appreciate a cute kid who ingratiates rather than enervates. Canadian restaurant Carino Japanese Bistro + Wine certainly does. The establishment has a "Well Behaved Kids" discount on its receipt system, as the blog Eater reported.

What makes the event even more impressive is that it happened in Calgary, Alberta on Mother's Day, which likely means a crowded and noisy restaurant that can set a baby on edge. Reddit user looseONtheGoose posted a picture of the receipt.

In addition to the two glasses of rose, an omelet, order of waffles, and strawberry tiramisu was a $5 discount.

"We wanted to show some appreciation for kids and parents if the kids dined with manners," said restaurant owner Toshi Karino to Yahoo Canada Shine. But it's not something that Karino tells customers about in advance: "This is just our secret appreciation." According to Karino, the restaurant has "often" given the well-behaved discount. There must be a lot of composed children in Calgary.

From the prices, Carino Japanese Bistro doesn't seem to be the average family restaurant. In fact, Air Canada's inflight magazine featured it as one of the ten best new restaurants in Canada last year. Apparently the buzz was a surprise to Karino, who wanted the family -- parents Alicia and Daley and daughter Evie Welsh -- to get in touch for a thank you.

Karino is not the only one who gives out discounts for calm kids. Sogno Di Vino, an Italian restaurant, received some attention last year for offering a $4 discount for well-behaved children, according to Eater. In this case, not only did the family, which made some efforts to teach the kids restaurant etiquette, get some money off the bill, but also a bowl of ice cream to share. The owner told the New York Daily News, "You would never even know that children were in the dining room."

If that is the carrot, there are restaurants that have decided to use the stick instead. Last year a St. Louis restaurant added a profane comment about "needy kids" to a receipt, according to Eater. It was Father's Day and a waitress had apparently typed in the note as a joke to the kitchen, not planning to have it print out.

Last year a Houston Mexican restaurant banned kids under 8 years old after 7pm, according to Time. The owner said that she received complaints from couples who had arranged for babysitters for their own kids only to find someone else's children running around. And, as Huffington Post reported in 2011, McDain's Restaurant of Monroeville, Pa. completely banned children under 6.

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Great Idea. Some parents just ignore their kids and don't teach them good manners.

May 16 2014 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As a teacher of 16 years, I learned that parents of kids who don't behave always have an excuse. Some of the comments above are great examples of such excuses. I appreciate and support businesses that are respectfully sending parents a message: teach your child manners because he/she is part of a community.

May 16 2014 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a great idea.. I am so sick of kids running around the tables, playing video games at the table is completely wrong.. Kids need to communicate and talk at the table. Not play on phones or cry or just be inopreiate .. We have a 5, 4 and 2 year old. . And let me tell you they WILL act appropriately or they go outside... If your baby cries GO OUTSIDE .!! . It's so sad how parents these days just "don't care" ... hear kid shut up and play videogames at the dinner table.. Or act out or talk loudly ..

May 15 2014 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathi Valentine

I was thinking about this and at first thought...What a great idea!!
But isn't it a very sad thing that a restaurant should have to think like this? Or anyone for that matter. The parents should be teaching their children right out the gate how to behave at home and in public. They shouldn't have to be Bribed to teach their children to behave!!

May 15 2014 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Most of these comments do not account for a special needs child. My son has autism and most times if we go out to eat hes not the greatest. He's not really bad just his normal so I should be charged extra for our meal because my sons not acting to your standards. Dont judge someone for their parenting when you might not know their situation. And dont say we should stay home and cook, we have as much right to be there as you.

May 14 2014 at 4:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to Jessica's comment

Love this. I do not appreciate children in an adult restaurant, especially after the family has waited an hour or so for their table, kids are so restless then. Get a sitter folks or go to a family restaurant where the food is served right away or there is not wait. I always ask NOT to be seated by families with kids....and there are a few I go to that discourage kids in that there are no kids menus. Did my kid not want to drop $60 for dinner or more while having to put up with your little monsters behavior, screaming, toys, messes. I have actually complimented parents on well behaved kids and have asked owners for a new table when kids are misbehaving. And kids in a grocery store with BOTH parents? Really? Stay home one of you with the kids so the other parent can zip through.....

May 14 2014 at 10:37 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to katlady20's comment

I understand not wanting to hear an out of control child. My child is well behaved but not perfect he's still a 4 year old. You can never tell when it's going to be a good or bad night they are little people and have feelings and moods too. How are kids supposed to learn how to behave publicly when you act as if they should always be locked away at home just in case they throw a fit.

May 14 2014 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to randi's comment

You learn by practicing at home. Once a week, have a "fine dining" night at home. Dress up nice. Put candles and flowers on the table. Lower the lights. Serve everyone food that needs to be cut with a knife and fork. Talk quietly about things that concern your family. Tell your kids the reward for learning how to do this is to go out someplace special and have a gooey dessert when you're done.

May 16 2014 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

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May 14 2014 at 6:19 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Everyone likes to dine out and to enjoy themselves! Whether your out as a couple or dinning with your children. But honestly there is something that can truly ruin a good meal, or the great company and that's a family with kids who were never taught how to behave at home or at a table in a public restaurant! They are running all over the place, climbing up on booths or under the tables, throwing food, screaming and yelling. I'm not speaking about little babies having a tired hungry moment. I'm just like a lot of parents who let there children get away with a certain amount at the dinner table at home but when it's time to settle down you tell to stop and thats it. However they know what's expected of them when out in a public restaurant. My kids weren't totally perfect no kids are. Besides who'd want a perfect child? Not I. But the point is this, the Why? There are several reasons. Wanting to enjoy the ambiance or food your eating. Wanting to enjoy our children at a meal in public. Respecting other dinners around you who've also come to dine at the same restaurant as you. Who want to eat in peace without cringing the whole time then walking out with a major headache.

May 14 2014 at 5:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think a surcharge for poor behavior is more appropriate. And to ask them to leave. That why we have baby sitters.

May 14 2014 at 5:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve Schiffman

Keep it quiet and deserve those who earn it.

May 14 2014 at 3:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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