Olde Salty's, a North Carolina restaurant, has decided it will not tolerate screaming children in their eatery.
Gone are the days where the only signs you'll see in a restaurant are no smoking and shirt and shoes required. Now one restaurant has decided to make one of their own up: "Screaming Children Will Not Be Tolerated!"
Yes, the owners of the restaurant truly are serious on this one. They will not allow anyone with a child that screams, cries, whines or even pouts to dine at their establishment. So what exactly happens if your child should drop their french fry and cry in frustration at a lost treat? According to the DailyMail.Uk, parents with whining children will not be kicked out of the restaurant, but an employee will approach them and ask them to take their child outside and calm them down.
This means a family member has to walk away from their dinner and step outside to console the child. Which as we all know as parents might not console the child that just wants their french fry which is still inside on the dining table. In the meantime, the parent's dinner has possibly cooled down and become even more unsavory. If the rule wasn't in place, it's possible that the parent would have consoled the child at the table within minutes, as parents often have been seen doing.
As one might have guessed, this decision has weighed on patrons in very different ways. Some, like Gary Gibson, who was visiting Olde Salty for the first time, said: 'It's not very enjoyable when you hear a bunch of kids screaming. It's nice to see a sign like that up.'
Others, like Ashley Helfin, a mother of two, seem to disagree: 'I've never seen a restaurant say, don't bring your screaming kids in here. You can't help it if your kids scream.'
As a parent, it'd seem this rule would be a put-off to dine there as children are unpredictable. However, according to owner Brenda Armes, it's made business boom. She claims that she got sick of customers complaining about parents who couldn't control their children during meals.
She said many parents allowed their children to treat the restaurant like their personal playground, misbehaving and 'squawking'.
Which side is right? Is there any right or wrong here? Would you take a child to dine in a place with zero tolerance even for pouting (which is silent?) or would you dine elsewhere?
View the video below and weigh in on how you feel about Mrs. Arme's decision.
Â© September 9, 2010 Jennifer Neff for Gather.com