By SHAUNA ANDERSON
It started with a pretty snarky Facebook inquiry “Are you child friendly? Because it doesn’t seem like it?”
Like many Facebook conversations it escalated.
But this one ended up in a frenzy of media right around the world.
The controversy was a post by a café in Newcastle, NSW criticizing parents who let their noisy children run wild in cafes.
The owner of this particular café, Little French Cafe posted this announcement on their Facebook page in response on Monday.
“Are we child friendly? If you are looking for a cafe with a children’s menu, baby chinos, a play area, lounges for your children to jump on, vast space for your prams, an area for your children to run rampant, and annoy other customers, while you are oblivious to them — then the short answer is No, we are not child friendly. HOWEVER, if you would like to bring your children here and they are happy to sit at a table with you, while you enjoy a coffee, and are well behaved, please come in. Otherwise, there are plenty of places that are specifically designed to entertain your children.”
The Newcastle Herald picked up the story – saying that many parents had been offended feeling attacked.
The owner of Little French Café Jodie Morris’s post soon went viral – racking up hundreds of comments on social media right throughout the world.
The Independent in the UK wrote that many parents said attitudes such as these left them feeling alienated.
The US site The Inquisitr had to provide a glossary defining what a pram and a babbycino are. (“A “baby chino” is a sort-of frothy milk beverage, similar to a cappuccino but without coffee, apparently given to small children in Australia and New Zealand, and a “pram” is a stroller.”)
What shocked many was just how supportive the majority were to the café owner’s demands for parents to keep their kids under control.
“Thank god the indignant Mummy militia types have vowed to avoid this place.
I will support it even more enthusiastically now. Bravo! Go you little French cafe! We love you!