I ran across this article (Restaurant bans kids under 6. Discrimination or smart move? – Parenting on Shine) tonight, and found it rather annoying.
Apparently, a Pennsylvania eatery will ban children under age 6 beginning next week. From the article:
The owner of the “upscale, casual and quiet” restaurant explains to WTAE Local News, he’s got nothing against kids in general, but their endless screams at public dinner tables are “the height of being impolite and selfish.”
Now, my kids can get rowdy at meals, but “endless screams”? I’ve never, ever heard children endlessly screaming in a restaurant. If they’re that upset, their parents take them out. And if they do make noise, they’re not impolite and selfish; they’re kids.
While I think that restaurant owners are within their rights to ban children from their establishments, I find the owner’s reasoning offensive and hyperbolic. Are we as a country so lame we can’t even handle kids at the table next to us?
What do you think about banning little ones from restaurants?