According to this article (and the video clip above) via CBS News, earlier this week a restaurant in Pennsylvania banned children under the age of six. Citing unruly children who are loud and disturb other customers as well as their selfish and impolite parents, the ban went into effect on July 16th and the owner claims most customers will agree with his choice. The owner notes that there is “nothing wrong with babies, but the fact is you can’t control their volume.”
While the owner can do what he wants in his restaurant, some are disturbed by the choice he’s made. Many people have experienced unruly children in restaurants as some parents just don’t control their children’s volume (by taking them outside) or their behavior. In fact, some parents happily allow their children to run wild in a restaurant, stand on tables, or even “play” under other people’s feet while they eat. No number of dirty looks, comments suggesting they keep them under control, or complaints to management seem to keep them in line. Clearly some people, including restaurant owners, are fed up.
What about you? Do you think restaurants should ban children, regardless of behavior and parental control, from being allowed inside? Have you ever had an unruly child(ren) ruin a dining experience? Do you think parents are as rude and inconsiderate as the owner of the Pennsylvania restaurant believes they are? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.