A user asked the forum, “Am I a jerk  for leaving dinner to get my son McDonald’s, even though the food was served?”


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The original poster’s (OP) wife’s friend invited his family over for dinner with him and his daughter. As long as they have known him, this friend has kept to a very strict diet, which has almost always led to them eating over at his place, but he is an excellent cook, so OP never minded. 

They have not seen him since both of their children were infants. For dinner, they were served salmon with quinoa and arugula.


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OP’s son is very mild for a 5-year-old – he throws tantrums very rarely and is the opposite of a picky eater, but he could tell from how he acted that he was not vibing with this meal. 

OP Was Picking At His Plate

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OP was picking at his plate, and shuffling food, and while he did try the salmon, he didn’t seem to like it. OP asked his son if he was happy with his dinner, and he said no, he wasn’t.

OP said, “Haha, kids, right?” and asked if there was anything else for his son to eat. 


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His wife’s friend said that his daughter just eats whatever he makes, so he doesn’t keep kids’ food around the house.

OP’s wife said it was fine, and their son would be fine.  OP says that he is a mild kid, but he definitely gets hungry, and this was the beginning of their night, so they anticipated being there for an additional hour or two. 


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OP also said that their son needed to eat so he would have the energy to play and apologized, saying he would be gone for just a few minutes, picking something up for their kid. 


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OP’s wife’s friend seemed irked but said he’d try and keep OP’s plate warm.

OP says that he was gone for about 30 minutes and came back with a Happy Meal – ordered extra fries in case her wife’s friend’s daughter wanted any, which she was not allowed to have.


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By the time OP was back, dinner was winding down. OP’s son ate his meal, they had dessert, and he went off to play with his friend. It was definitely a hiccup in the night, but things went fine. 


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They had a good time, but OP’s wife was cold with him. 


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When they got home 3 hours after dinner, she told me that OP was a jerk at dinner for no reason.


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OP pointed out that if he hadn’t gotten their son dinner, he would’ve been a monster the entire way home, to which she replied that they would’ve left earlier.


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OP said that he was just looking to solve the problem as it happened and that if his wife’s friend had been more accommodating, they wouldn’t have been in the situation in the first place.


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OP’s wife got offended on his behalf and they decided to go to bed because they clearly were not getting anywhere. 


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He says that It has been two days since, and things are still stilted between them, and he wasn’t sure where he went wrong.


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“That was really rude, especially because they had a kid, and you brought an obvious ‘treat’ food into the house. If your kid is picky, bring granola bars along with you or something, and if you fail to do so just handle it as it comes the way your wife suggested. If your kid was going to be a ‘monster’ you could have left early and stopped at McDonald’s on the way home.

And your kid wasn’t even complaining, and there was desert coming! You way overreacted.”


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“You were at dinner at a friend’s house. You left mid-dinner and went and got McDonalds? Not only that, but brought it back for their daughter to eat as well. You cannot be this clueless. I’m completely open-minded, but if you pulled this at my house, you wouldn’t be coming back.”


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“I know it’s a child but still, someone makes a meal for your family, you’re expected to eat it. That’s how kids learn manners and to try new things.

I feel it’s rude to leave to get something else to eat for your son while everyone else is eating. Also the guys daughter not being able to eat fast food and having to watch your son eat it in front of her seems rude. Poor girl is missing out on the nuggs.”

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