A restaurant in Carolina Beach, NC has put up signs stating that screaming children will not be tolerated. We’ve all been there, eating a quiet meal, with only the clink of glasses and spoons to interrupt the white noise-filled restaurant. Then BAM. The earth comes shattering down, quite loudly, as a child is having a fit over their pasta alfredo.
Photo from WECT6 News.
Which is why I commend this restaurant. I have several reasons for why I think this is more than acceptable:
- The restaurant is not banning families with young children. They are merely discouraging it, and have said that if your child is disruptive, they will ask you to take them outside until they calm down. Perfectly reasonable. You would do that in church or in a library wouldn’t you?
- Some parents are upset because they feel exiled from the restaurant. I’m sure that they don’t have to go to this particular restaurant. Go to another that doesn’t have such signs, or spend the money that you would spend on the food for the children on a babysitter if you need to go to this particular restaurant.
- There are complaints from parents that they can’t help if their child screams or not. I hate to sound mean, but it is your child that you are responsible for. You should not knowingly bring your disruptive child into a non-family restaurant and significantly ruin everyone’s meal around you. Family in the name of a restaurant is a sort of label for restaurants saying that is ok to bring noisy little ones. I can deal with that, they give warning.
- I am not surprised that the restaurant isn’t losing money off of this decision. There are many, many patrons out there who would love to go to a restaurant that nearly promises a quiet atmosphere.
I don’t have children, I don’t even have younger siblings. I can’t speak like an expert on child behavior, but I do know that this is a reasonable request by a private establishment. What do you think?