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Dining with South Park


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Dining with South Park

Christine | Jun 4, 2006 10:42 PM

Took my parents out this evening to a neighborhood "red-sauce" Italian restaurant. The kind of place that's been in business since the 1940s, plays Sinatra on the speakers, and gives you a relish tray to start. The food's okay; more suited to my aged folks.

Soon after we were seated, a couple came in, sat at the booth adjacent to ours, pulled out a portable DVD player that they set on the table, and proceeded to watch South Park. This was a first for me and I was fairly aghast. My father's hearing is weakening and, as a result, he could only hear Cartman's voice, not the rest of us.

I mentioned this to the waitress and she shrugged it off. I noticed other people also made comments, but the offenders were never admonished (they were a couple in their 40s, not kids, and I got the impression they were regulars).

My instinct, since the restaurant staff did nothing to accommodate the more civilized diners, is never to go there again. Is this a new wave of insensitivity? Has this happened to you?

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