Restaurant Invites Scorn With ‘No Loud Kids’ Sign, But Is It Offensive?
When some people go out to eat, they don’t want their meal disrupted by screaming babies or bratty children, but parents want to be able to enjoy a meal out with their children too. What’s a business owner to do? For one California restaurant, the answer is to ban noisy kids.
Old Fisherman’s Grotto, located in the popular family tourist town of Monterey, recently posted a sign prohibiting strollers, high chairs, booster seats, loud kids and crying babies, according to local NBC affiliate KSBW. Tots in violation of the eatery’s noise rules will be asked to leave.
Some prospective patrons are less than pleased.
“I think kids need to know how to behave in restaurants, and if you don’t take them to them, they don’t know how to behave, and they shouldn’t be kept hidden away, so I think it’s ridiculous,” local tourist Teresa Colombani told KSBW. “Kids should be allowed in restaurants.”
The restaurant’s owner, Chris Shake, stands by his decision.
“If a place has the rules, that’s what the rules are,” he told KSBW. “You go in and abide by the rules, or you find a place more suitable for you.”
It’s one thing to understand that children, especially young children and babies, will be loud. But if more parents would understand that disruptive behavior isn’t welcomed by other customers, places like Old Fisherman’s Grotto wouldn’t have to enact bans such as these — perhaps the offended parents in question should keep that in mind before they complain.