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Pick up after yourself and make your children do the same.

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I guess I could have posted this in the pet peeve thread but meh.......

I have noticed, more and more, that people are absolutly rude and lazy.  

When you are out to eat, regardless of the place, do you clean up after yourself or do you leave every thing for the help to clean up?  What about your children?  Do you allow them to make a huge mess and then leave it?  Why would you do this? Do you require they pick up after themselves or again, do you leave it for the help?

What about something as simple as pushing in your chair?  Why do so many people just get up and leave without pushing in their chairs?

Once a month I supervise at one of the eateries on base.  This is not the only place I see this but today reminded me of how I hate people some times.  

I cannot begin to tell you how pissed off I am by the end of the day just from how lazy and inconsiderate people are.  Often times, I will head out to pick up the tables myself as I feel so badly for the staff, they have to deal with this all the time.

And yes, I have said something, more than once, to more than a few people about how lazy they are and the mess left behind.  Quite honestly, I am surprised no one has complained that I dared to say something to them.  

Your thoughts? 

by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:03 PM
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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:40 PM

People should pick up after themselves especially when they and their families have been extremely messy. 

JakeandEmmasMom
by Platinum Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM
We put all of the trash and silverware, etc. on our plates, pick up anything too big to vacuum up that we dropped on the floor, and push in our chairs. It's just how DH and I were raised. The kids don't even have to be reminded anymore.

People are jerks. Sorry you have to deal with that, OP.
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:43 PM
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Quoting lga1965:

 I know what you mean! It makes me angry to see how people are so lax and make messes.

Another thing that really ticks me off ( from the viewpoint of a former sales associate in a nice department store) is how people make so much of a mess when looking at clothes. They let garments fall off the hanger and just lie on the ground. And they take stacks of clothing and mess them all up. They leave tons of clothes in the dressing rooms. They leave their trash in the dressing rooms. I just go nuts when I see the messes and I help clean them up. I can't help myself. I hang up clothes and fold clothes into neat piles. I wonder if they think I am crazy! LOL.My granddaughters do--they laugh and say "Gramma, let them do it" and laugh. I think Kohls is the place where the customers are the messiest.

Ah yes, the mess left behind in a retail store.  I don't care if I am in a hurry or in a pissy mood, I am not going to make a mess or leave clothes all over.  My girls know better as well.  My oldest was out shopping with her son and a few friends.  They had been looking at t-shirts.  A friend made a mess of the t-shirts and left them while my oldest folded what she had been looking at.  Her friend asked her what the hell she was doing.  L told her she was doing what every one should do, straighten up the mess they make.  

It only takes a moment of two. 

blues_pagan
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:47 PM

I just don't know how someone can be so disrespectful of a public space.  You wouldn't go into someones home and trash the place and then leave so why do people feel entitled to do it at restraunts and stores?

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:47 PM
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I have to be honest, I am thrilled to read the replies. lol

It just seems like common sense and common courtesy.

I realize that I have some 'issues' with certain things that really bug me. But.....I am glad to know I am not the only one who sees the decency in cleaning up after yourself and your children.


Stephanie329
by Platinum Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM
Same pet peeve here. I haven't waitressed for years, but when I'm out, it all comes back to me. We do not leave a mess. Ever. And we tip at least 20%. (But that's another thread)
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM
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Quoting blues_pagan:

I just don't know how someone can be so disrespectful of a public space.  You wouldn't go into someones home and trash the place and then leave so why do people feel entitled to do it at restraunts and stores?

I really do think that many people feel the help can deal with it, after all, that is what they are for.  

Some times I find myself wondering if some of these people would indeed act like that at the home of another.

I know that I get paid a hell of a lot more than the crew who works at this little eatery.  I only stop in once a month while they are doing this every day.  Some times I wonder why the turn over isn't higher just based on how rude and disrespectful some of the customers are.

Paperfishies
by Silver Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:53 PM
If anything is dropped on the floor I pick it up, I have the waitress remove plates as we finish with them. That's about it. We aren't messy people to begin with.
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annas_momma
by Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:53 PM
I stack all of our plates from biggest to smallest, pick up any wrappers that are out, put all of our napkins under the small plates, wipe up any mess that I can see, put all of our glasses together, and yes we always push our chairs back under the table.

I also rearrange all the sugar packets to make sure they are in order. I do that with any jelly that might be on the table too. The salt and pepper shakers are always placed back where they need to go as well.
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Kaya529
by Silver Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM
Since I am not messy when I eat I don't have much to clean up. I stack dishes and try to brush crumbs onto the top plate. I definately clean up after DS because he is a messy eater. I don't feel like it has to be sparkling since I am paying them plus leave generous tips. I am also very easy to wait on and am understanding when things don't go perfectly.

I do not push in my chair. I always forget but usually I get a booth because of my back so it isn't generally an issue.
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