'Entitled' parents slammed for reserving park benches for their kid's party

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The mum tried to reserve tables at the park (Image: Getty Images/Image Source)
The mum tried to reserve tables at the park (Image: Getty Images/Image Source)

Kids' birthday parties are generally carnage - with lots of rowdy children, noise and mess. Finding the perfect place to have the event can be expensive so if the weather is permitting having it in the local park seems like a great idea. However, one set of parents who attempted to ‘reserve’ some tables have been labelled as “rude and entitled” for leaving a passive-aggressive note.

They also made sure no one sat at the spaces by decorating them with tablecloths and partywear, adding a stern warning to anyone who might be contemplating sitting down. They wrote: “Reserved for a birthday party. Please respect the space we've set aside and do not use our tables. This is for a four-year-old's party, don't be the one to mess it up, thank you.”

While no one apparently sat at the reserved tables, plenty of people were left infuriated by the passive-aggressive letter to other parkgoers and the obvious display of bad manners on display. A photo of the note was shared on Reddit to grumble about the bad attitude of the parents.

They captioned the image: “Busy public park on a hot Saturday/Labor Day weekend. Seems super entitled. Park has been open for four hours and no sign of them. All the other tables are full.”

The disgruntled parkgoer then revealed that the author of the note and their “very rowdy” party - armed with a loud portable speaker - didn’t turn up to use the tables for over six hours, leaving them empty while others filled up the other spaces around them. According to the Redditor, the group was so loud that the park rangers had to come and have a very long chat with them in order to get them to settle down.

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People reading the post were horrified by the behaviour of the parents and flooded it with over 4,000 comments, with very few on the side of the four-year-old’s family. One person wrote: “Several people could have used the chairs and left by the time they even showed up. Do you think this is an entitlement or an extreme lack of awareness? I guess both types of people probably do this.”

“I understand them wanting to make sure they have seats for a party they want to throw in a public park, but preventing everyone from using them all day when they're not even there yet wasn't a great choice,” added someone else. Lots of people felt the family should have arrived earlier or at least sent a few ‘minders’ to guard the table rather than leave a note. One social media user penned: “Dads have been sent to sit at park tables to mind them for parties forever - the difference is it is a person not a rude not.”

Another person replied: “I think if you want to hold the table you need to station someone there to wait all day, otherwise it's first come first serve.” While someone else wrote: “Yeah, I really want to be on their side because I know even when you reserve tables at the park, sometimes people refuse to move, but without a time on the note, the note is just useless.” And a sixth person suggested: “We're having a birthday party for our four-year-old at noon. Feel free to use this table until then, but please leave it by noon so we can celebrate this special day with our family.' Something like that.”

The Redditor also clarified that the park rangers and city don't take official reservations, so there wasn’t any way of doing it above board but there are definitely better ways to handle the situation. One person sarcastically wrote: “I am also here with 10 kids doing a party, and we got here when the park opened to make sure we had space for all our guests. Silly me.” And another social media user added: “The fact that the note was written aggressively while also depending on other people’s decency to allow them to bend common courtesy that I found annoying. It's rude and mannerless. I would not respond in kind of course.”

Some suitably enraged people felt the only course of action would have been to throw the tablecloths and note in the bin and feign all knowledge if they came over and said anything. One cheeky person wrote: “They can't prove it wasn't there when you sat down.”

Eve Wagstaff

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