‘Entitled’ parents reserve park benches for their four-year-old’s birthday party

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‘Entitled’ parents reserve park benches for their four-year-old’s birthday party with a ‘rude note’ – so whose side are you on?

  • Parents have been slammed as ‘entitled’ for ‘reserving’ three tables at a park
  • The party planners put tablecloths on three tables alongside a rude note 
  • The note called for park users not to ruin their child’s birthday by using tables

The parents of a four-year-old have been slammed as ‘rude and entitled’ after they ‘reserved’ three tables at a busy park for their child’s birthday party.

The party planners ‘reserved’ the tables by decorating them with table clothes and leaving a ‘passive aggressive’ note on the seat warning others to steer clear.

‘Reserved for a birthday party. Please respect the space we’ve set aside and do not use our tables,’ the note read.

The parents of a four-year-old have been slammed as rude and entitled after they ‘reserved’ three tables at a busy park for their child’s birthday party

‘This is for a four-year-old’s party, don’t be the one to mess it up, thankyou.’

Nobody sat on the tables – but plenty were enraged by the note and the bad manners on display.

One angry park-goer posted a picture of the empty tables on Reddit where they aired their disgust.

‘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,’ their post read.

The author went on to reveal the tables remained empty for six hours before the ‘very rowdy’ party arrived, armed with a loud portable speaker.

‘The rangers had to come and have a very long chat with them, after that they settled down,’ the explained.

While no one sat at the tables families did set themselves up on blankets near the tables – in an obvious show of disgust.

People online were just as ropable and likened it to reserving a pool chair at 7am only to show up at 3pm.

‘Several people could have used the chairs and left by the time they even showed up. Do you think this is entitlement or an extreme lack of awareness? I guess both types of people probably do this,’ one woman said, offering the family the benefit of doubt.

‘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,’ said another.

The chairs sat empty in the busy park - which enraged other park users

The chairs sat empty in the busy park – which enraged other park users

Most of the people commenting agreed that the family should have arrived earlier or sent people to ‘mind’ the tables instead.

‘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,’ one woman said.

‘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,’ another offered. 

Poll

Is it okay to ‘reserve’ a table at a public park?

  • Yes, this is fine. 0 votes
  • Yes, but you have to send someone to sit there. 1 votes
  • No, it is rude. 1 votes

Others believe adding a time to the note would have been better. 

‘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. 

‘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,’ one persons said.

The Reddit post was commented on by over four thousand people – with very few on the side of the party’s organisers.

The poster went on to clarify the park rangers and city don’t take official reservations.

‘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,’ they said.

‘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. Its rude and mannerless. I would not respond in kind of course.’

Some people suggested those wanting to use the seats should have just thrown the table cloth and note in the bin.

‘They can’t prove it wasn’t there when you sat down.’            

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