Restaurant mess -- is it the waiter's problem?

A little less than a year and a half ago, my husband, 10-month-old daughter, Alex and I were eating at a family restaurant.  I was busy feeding Alex, and while she was eating, I was equally busy cleaning up the mess around her. 

"I wouldn't bother," said a voice.

I looked around.  There, at the table next to us, was a mother sitting with her 3 year old son.

"What?"  I asked.

"What you're doing.  I never do that.  Oh, I used to clean up after my kid, but eventually, I realized it wasn't worth it.  The waitstaff are going to clean up after us anyway.  I just leave them a big tip and let them do it.  It is, after all, what they're paid to do."

I was aghast.  And frankly, a year and a half later, I'm still aghast.  I think there are so many things wrong with that attitude on so many levels, I'm not sure where to start.  I'm so hyperconscious of how Alex affects people around her -- not the least of which are the poor staff who work their tails off at restaurants.

What do you think -- am I being a bit too rigid?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.