I went with my mom and sister to an Indian buffet today. They always seat us in the back with any other families that have small children. Which, is fine by me, if my kids are going to act up I'd rather have it happen around other parents with small children.
Except for today... We were right next to a mom, dad and their 18 month old. Both my my boys were acting up. They ate an okay amount of food and variety but then Liam gets on the floor under the table and Jack is arching his back crying because he wants to say hi to the old Indian ladies that run it. At the table next to us, both parents are texting on their phones and their baby is just sitting there quietly doing nothing. Then, Jack screams and arches his back and the guy next to us says to his wife, "I hope she doesn't ever learn to whine like that!" and his wife says, "we aren't going to let her." I took the boys into the car after that and waited for my mom and sister.
I didn't say anything back to them but I did laugh about it after stepping out of the restaurant. I wouldn't ever say anything like that about someone else's kid even if they were acting up. And if they think dining experiences with small kids are always perfect, they live in a dream world.