What the New York Times calls the "wildfire capabilities of social media" were in action this week after the owner of a Maine restaurant yelled at a crying young child, then continued her non-apologetic rant on Facebook and with local media. Darla Neugebauer, the owner of Marcy's Diner in Portland, said in a since-removed Facebook post that Tara Carson came in with her husband and toddler on Saturday during one of the diner's busiest times, per the Portland Press Herald. She said the parents basically ignored the girl's crying as she got impatient while waiting for her food. "I (well the demon) snarled at top volume, 'That needs to stop!' They (the parents) said did you just yell at a child? Yup! Sure did! Shut her up too! Why is it OK for that kid to disrupt the experience for 75 people when mommy and daddy could have taken it outside?"
Carson tells the Washington Post that 21-month-old Keira had been crying for a few minutes and that they couldn't take her outside because of the rain. "If the owner had a problem with a quietly crying baby, she should have come to us directly, not passive-aggressively toss to-go boxes at us and storm around as if we should know she needed us to leave before she exploded," she says. Carson later posted on the diner's Facebook page, "You have a problem with a child crying then you are not suitable to run a business," per the Times, to which Neugebauer responded with an "expletive-laden" Facebook post. That one's gone, but one she's got up now takes a similar "sorry not sorry" tone. "Wow! Who knew calling out shitty parenting made you a bully? Whatever. … I'm a foul-mouthed bitch with a short fuse! Sarcastic, blunt, brutally honest & real." Some are commending her for taking a stand against obnoxious parents; others are chastising her for, well, yelling at a baby.