A pair of “rude and entitled” parents posted a note on a park bench in a public park, hoping to reserve three of the benches for their child’s fourth birthday party. The parents “reserved” the public benches by decorating them with theme tablecloths and left a “passive-aggressive” note to notify other people using the park that the benches were being held for a birthday party later that day.
“Reserved for a birthday party. Please respect the space we’ve set aside and do not use our tables,” the handwritten note stated. “This is a four-year-old’s party. Don’t be the one to mess it up. Thank you.”
No one disturbed the reserved tables. However, there were plenty of people who thought the parents’ behavior was both rude and entitled, and they lambasted the parents for “reserving” a public park table without actually putting any money into the reservation or going through the proper channels to reserve it with a permit.
One angry park visitor snapped a photo of the birthday party tables and shared a quick note on Reddit, blasting the parents for failing to consider the needs of other people.
“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 Reddit user’s post said. According to the Reddit user, the park bench tables were not used for at least six hours. When the party did arrive to celebrate the child who was turning four, they were “very rowdy” and disturbed everyone nearby with their loud portable music system.
“The rangers had to come and have a very long chat with them. After that, they settled down,” the Reddit user explained in their post.
No one used the reserved tables. However, some families did set up blankets near the tables to show that they didn’t respect the parents’ unofficial reservation. People shared their reactions on Reddit, making it very clear that they did not support the parents’ decision to reserve the tables in the manner that they had done it.
“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,” one woman said.
“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.
“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 suggested.
Do you think these parents are rude and entitled?