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Kids Under Six Banned From Restaurant

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How many times have you been at a retaurant with your kids only to have other customers staring you down because the kids are a little excited and being a little too loud? It happened to me recently at an East side eatery when another customer suggested we leave the kids at home or go to Chucky Cheese’s. I admit I was pretty offended and angry, but this is a common age old problem. People go to restaurants for a nice and relaxing experience which can very easily be derailed by someone’s screaming child. I do understand that, but what do you do? One restaurant owner in Pennsylvania, Mike Vuick, owner of McDain’s has just announced a ban on children under the age of 6 in his restaurant after receiving numerous complaints from customers about screaming and crying children. Vuick believes that in most cases the kids cannot be controlled and as a parent myself, there is some truth to that. Vuick says he has nothing against kids, but feels their screaming is “the height of being impolite and selfish.” Last year, another restaurant in North Carolina did the same thing and more restaurants plan to follow suit. Residents in the town where McDain’s is are not all on board with the ban and many parents feel like they are being singled out for having kids. One parent asked, “if they are so concerned about noise, what do they plan to do about the loud people at the bar?” Some adults, especially intoxicated adults can be just as bad if not worse than the kids. It is important to note that it is not illegal to ban kids in restaurants, but some parents feel the ban is discriminatory and potentially a violation of rights for some special needs kids. Food for thought, what do you think?

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