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Family Stunned After Receiving "Well Behaved Kids" Discount on their Restaurant Bill

Update Date: Feb 08, 2013 01:12 PM EST
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The next time you take your kids to a nice restaurant make sure they say "please" and "thank you" and don't play with their food. Otherwise, you might miss out on the "Well Behaved Kids" restaurant discount.

A Washington family was pleasantly surprised at the end of their meal when they were handed the bill and saw that they had been given a $4 discount for their "Well Behaved Kids".

Laura King, 28, and her husband had taken their three children, aged two, three and eight, to an Italian restaurant in Poulsbo, Washington to enjoy dinner last Friday night.

During their dinner of pizza, pasta and mushroom ragu, the family conversed about planets, racecars, zebra jokes and talked about the warn décor of the restaurant, King said, according to the Daily Mail.

"They were just being their normal selves," King told Today.com of her children. "Our server came to our table and just really thanked us for having exceptionally behaved children," she said.

After their ice cream dessert, the family received the tab they saw that they had received a discount of $4 for "Well Behaved Kids".

"A pleasant surprise after a lovely meal," King wrote on her blog, after a photograph of the receipt was posted on Reddit and became viral on the internet.

"This was definitely a random act of kindness," King told the Daily News. "We didn't go to the restaurant expecting a reward. We expect our kids to act this way whenever we are out and about. This was just a small surprise."

Owner Angela Scott, who was also serving Friday night along with two other servers were so impressed by the children's manners that they wanted to reward them somehow. 

"You would never even know that children were in the dining room," Scott told the Daily News. "We just wanted to say, 'Awesome! You guys were so good!'"

The servers at the restaurant said that the children had said "please" and "thank you" and stayed in their seats during dinner, which is uncommon of children who visit the restaurant.

The restaurant owner then agreed to give the King children free ice cream.

"The mother was obviously beaming," Scott said. "She was very happy."

King wrote in her blog that she has always placed an emphasis on table manners with her children because she too had experienced unruly children when she worked in a restaurant.

"We eat most of our meals as a family around our kitchen table," she said. "It is one of the ways we come together throughout our week to talk about our lives, to catch up and to share our love."

"Our kids are also encouraged to pick up on general etiquette at the table. That same etiquette occurs when we're out at dinner," King added. "We don't expect handouts for acting respectful of the folks who bring us our food. But it certainly makes you feel good when someone else notices your kids in a positive light."

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