Restaurant gives discounts for parents of well-behaved kids

Alicia Welsh got five bucks off a recent restaurant bill ... a reward for having a well-behaved...

Alicia Welsh got five bucks off a recent restaurant bill ... a reward for having a well-behaved kid. That's Evie.

Michael Platt, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:53 PM ET

CALGARY - They call it a discount for “Well Behaved Kids”, but this has little to do with children.

That’s the point missed by some miffed moms and dads, outraged that a Calgary restaurant would dare deduct $5 from the bill of any table where the youngest guests don’t leave a bad taste with other diners.

Most people, of course, think the small reward offered by Calgary’s Carino Bistro is a wonderful idea — but then, most people recall meals, flights, movies and/or funerals disrupted by children who can’t sit still or stay quiet.

The people who consider this discount an insult to their precious kids?

In reality, this five-dollar freebie is meant for them.

“I think for the most part people are respectful, and most parents don’t want the embarrassment of dealing with a bad kid. If they know their child is going to misbehave they don’t go to the restaurant,” said Alicia Maxim-Welsh, mother to one-year-old Evie.

If only Maxim-Welsh were right, there would be no need for this debate.

It all started when the Welsh family noticed a $5 discount on their Mother’s Day Brunch bill at Calgary’s Carino Bistro, labelled “Well Behaved Kids - 5.00”.

Thinking it was nice touch, Alicia and her husband Daley posted the bill to Facebook, and later to Reddit — and from there, the story took off, and the squabbling with it.

“I just thought it was a nice gesture, but it’s obviously stirred up quite a bit of controversy in both directions,” said Maxim-Welsh.

Those who support the discount wish it would go further, some even joking that parents with naughty offspring should pay a fine instead.

But the other side doesn’t joke. To them, this isn’t funny.


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