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willyum Jan 14, 2014 01:04 PM

Not sure how many of you have seen this, but a couple with pre-paid Alinea tickets had a baby sitter cancel at the last minute so they brought their child to Alinea. When the baby, who was apparently not a fan of molecular gastronomy, began crying the other diners complained.

Achatz basically tweeted 'what are you gonna do?' and did nothing ... and it blew up on social media.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/931153

Is the couple at fault for bringing a baby to a restaurant like this? (Yes, though I understand why they did it). Is Achatz partially at fault for the Draconian 'pay in full, no refunds' policy (Yes, I think so). Were the complaining customers at fault (I don't think so ...)

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  1. The Chowhound Team Jan 14, 2014 01:40 PM

    Rather than having a parallel discussion here, please post your thoughts in the discussion linked in the original post. Thanks!

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      lbs Jan 14, 2014 01:13 PM

      This is being discussed on the Food Media board.

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      1. ellenost Jan 14, 2014 01:13 PM

        One of the parents should have left the table with the baby to find a quiet place (out of the dining room) until the baby stopped crying.

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          Veggo Jan 14, 2014 01:20 PM

          Yes. and if baby doesn't stop, parents can alternate tasks. Doesn't make for an enjoyable meal for anyone.

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        2. grampart Jan 14, 2014 01:10 PM

          NO exceptions!!

           
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