Courtney sent us this story in light of our “McDonalds Gets It Right the First Time”:
I know this has nothing to do with your current topic, however I wanted to get this out. On Tuesday, November 24, 2015 I went to a McDonalds location in Peterborough square, Ontario and ordered three coffees for myself, my husband and a decaf, with 3\4 of a cup milk and a 3 sugar for my 2.5 year old son. When the cashier gave me a remark about my parenting skills; “Your’e giving your son a coffee? Why”, which threw me off in front of the entire store. She was condescending, rude and judgemental with the rest of my order.
Firstly, let me explain: My son every morning watches me and my husband brew up coffee every morning for ourselves. Where naturally when he was at the age to vocalize the things he wanted, he asked for coffee. At first it was ” No, you’re too young” followed by tamptrums of furrious little legs and arms. It got so bad he recognized Timmie cups, McDonalds coffee cups and yes unfortanetly Starbucks cups. Every time he seen one he would try every little way to get his little chubby fingers on it. Hed either sneak up beside you, or wait till you werent looking. This was the point when I broke down and started letting him drink milk with a splash of decaf in it. Since he was allowed coffee, his want for it dropped considerably low. It’s a once in awhile treat and he knows that.
So point being is that if I had ordered a pop instead for my son, would my parentng skills be attacked and judged? Would I have been shamed in front of the entire store, even though I opted out for no caffiene? Why do I need to explain myself to someone who works at McDonalds?
Is it okay for a parent to serve their child coffee?
Have you had a similar experience?