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Gross and Unsafe Highchairs

GastronautMN | Mar 26, 2008 08:31 PM

We take our toddler daughter out to a variety of restaurants from family oriented to fine dining. I find that almost universally highchairs are frankly pretty gross and obviously uncleaned. Is this something unique to the Twin Cities or is this just par for the course.

I personally feel that if a server brings a unclean high chair for my pride and joy that's akin to bringing an obviously dirty plate or a glass with lipstick on it.

I've also seen some downright unsafe chairs that look like they are about to fall apart, pinch the child or they have broken/missing straps. If you get so much wear and tear on your high chairs that they are beaten up doesn't that mean it's a significant portion of your business that should be catered to?

I'd love to hear what other people do and if they think it is appropriate to reduce your servers tip. I'd also love to hear what servers who post think.

I know it's a hassle to deal with kids and that they frequently leave a mess. But I am always concious of that and always tip better and pick up after my kid (yes the floor too).

I'd also love to hear what people think an apporpriate tip is for diners out with kids.

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