“We feel that [our restaurant] is not a place for young children,” the owner, Mike Vuick, said to customers in an e-mail. “Their volume can’t be controlled and many, many times, they have disturbed other customers.” – from mommytracked.com
These are the words of the owner of McDain restaurant in Pennsylvania. He has apparently had enough of children (six and under) in his establishment. His ban has created some drama. Some parents find his new policy discriminatory and rude. Others still applaud his stance. I have been reading more and more about people banning kids from various establishments. It bothers me. I don’t like anything that’s against kids. I feel like the real issue would be with the parents. That’s who everyone is mad at. As a parent, there are certain places I don’t take my son. I don’t need a ban to tell me he can’t go to an upscale restaurant. We choose family-friendly type places when he’s rolling with us. If we want it to be an upscale date night then we get a sitter. As a toddler he thinks it’s funny when he screams at the top of his lungs. He’s learning all the cool things that his voice and do and he exercises it often. He thinks everyone wants to be his friend so he speaks to EVERYONE! He’s waving and saying hello to anyone in sight. Some think it’s cute and respond in kind some seem annoyed by his very presence. It is what it is. I can’t control people’s response to my child, I can control the places I choose to take him. What are your thoughts on the baby bans going on these days?