Are you beginning to think that parents just aren’t welcome any more?
In the last few months we’ve heard of restaurants that have banned kids after a mother refused to quieten her two-year old down; cafes that have dismantled their play areas so that parents with small children are discouraged to leave and now this – a restaurant that is handing out parents “rule cards” if they choose to bring their small, noisy, messy ones into their premises.
This Mexican restaurant in the US state of Texas, “Cuchara” has been handing out a “rule card” to parents of small children. The handy card found propped up on each table gives hapless parents instructions on how to ensure their children behave. (Like we didn’t know already, right?)
The card features illustration of a family with instructions on how the kids should be sure to sit still and not run or wander.
The owners, Charlie McDaniel and Ana Beaven told the local TV network: “Families would come in, and they would leave their children unattended, letting them run around and crawl under the tables of other patrons.”
“We’re a Mexican city bistro. Children are in a grown-up environment. It’s not a playground atmosphere. Other people come in for a nice dinner. We also have beautiful artwork in the restaurant, and children damaged some of it.”
The owners, whose rule cards have now made news headlines around the world, say they are not “trying to start any anti-kid campaign” but just protect their restaurant.
Watch for yourself the owners speak about why they decided to install the "rule cards". Post continues after video...
Overwhelmingly the response on social media has fallen into two categories.
The first the attitude good for them parents should control their children.
The second those who say it's passive aggressive and that kids have rights too.