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Is a Crying Child a Sign of Bad Parenting?

"This needs to stop!"

That's what a restaurant owner in Maine yelled as a child continuously screamed in her establishment while, allegedly, the parents allowed the behavior to progress without intervention.

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Inevitably, the incident has caused a stirring social media debate on whether or not the restaurateur crossed the line by yelling at someone else's child when she demanded the kid knock it off.

"Are you screaming at a child?" the parents of the youngster in question asked. They went on to complain on the diner's Facebook page.

"You have a problem with a child crying then you are not suitable to run a business," the child's mother Tara Carson posted, as reported by the New York Times.

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Darla Neugebauer, who owns Marcy's Diner in Portland, Maine, then responded with a curse-filled post, which has since been taken down, that blamed Carson's parenting, saying that the adults at the table were ignoring the crying, reported the New York Times.

Now people on both sides are piping in on the debate. Did Neugebauer go too far? Are the parents to blame? Should you yell at someone else's kids ever?

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On Twitter, there was support for both sides:

Either way, Macy's Diner is a hit with the online world, now with 33,000 Facebook followers thanks to its newfound fame. So in the end the real winner is Neugebauer, who pointed her finger at a child, essentially told it what everyone else was thinking, and refused to apologize for it.

Then again, maybe she should have yelled at the parents.

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