Thursday, September 9, 2010

No shirt, no shoes, no screaming children, no service, is this right?

Did you hear this one from North Carolina:

According to WECT-TV via MyFoxBoston.com, the owner of the Olde Salty Restaurant in North Carolina, Brenda Armes has had enough with screaming children bothering her other dining customers, so she has posted a sign saying “screaming children will not be tolerated.” If children are screaming, an employee will ask the parents to take them outside, but not asked to leave the restaurant.

She told WECT-TV in Wilmington that the signs have worked by attracting more customers than they turn away. One customer said that he agreed, saying he likes the signs because a meal isn't enjoyable when kids are screaming. But another customer, a mother with two children said parents can't help it if their children scream.
But is it right for a restaurant to have a no screaming children policy?

When I first heard this on the 6 o’clock evening news, I said wow that’s taking a different, but not new approach, but I wonder if that will scare away customers.

But after thinking about it, I have to say that when I’m eating in a restaurant or evening shopping at Target, Walmart or department store for that matter, its hard to do something especially eat with screaming children near you.

Now despite the fact that the sign maybe a little bit harsh and can be quested, I do support the sign, parents need to be able to keep the children under control. I realize that that’s not allows possible, but it is one part of being a parent.

Now I should mention that I don’t have children, but in all fairness I also do remember being a child, screaming in a restaurant or department store at one point and nobody including my parents where happy with me at all, just like people aren’t happy seeing kids doing the same now. But the children are the parents responsibly.

The bottom line is, this is her restaurant, her business, the sign isn’t discriminating and if you don’t like it, go find another restaurant to eat at. And no, staying home all the time when you have little children isn’t the answer neither. However I will be interested in seeing in the long run not only if other restaurants do this post this sign as well, but how that sign fairs with her other customers.

What do you think?