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God Bless the Restauranteur Who Banned Kids Under Six from His Establishment
July 11, 2011 02:22 PM
YOU'RE NOT WELCOME
It's been reiterated countless times. It's mentioned in conversations all over the world. It's addressed in books, films, TV shows, stand-up acts, billboards, and many, many status updates. Even the parties responsible regularly acknowledge it, however it never seems to sink in and issues continue to persist. So, at the risk of stating the obvious, allow me to say it again:
Nobody but you thinks your kids are adorable, and everyone within earshot would rather they didn't exist.
Yes, as we try to enjoy a movie or finish our meal, what you find "exuberant," strangers find "excruciatingly annoying." There used to be a time when places like bars or lounges were pleasantly devoid of rambunctious tykes, but now, I can rarely duck into a pub without having to maneuver around a double-stroller.
And God knows how much damage I've done to my ears by blasting my iPod or Droid over the tearful wails.
For folks who don't have kids -- or any intention of making any -- the scene is all too common. And Pennsylvania restauranteur Mike Vuick has taken notice.
Owner of McDain's Restaurant in Monroeville and hero to patrons who want a quiet meal, Vuick instituted a "no child under six" rule at his establishment.
According to WTAE Pittsburgh
, he sent an email to loyal customers which stated, "Beginning July 16, 2011, McDain's Restaurant will no longer admit children under six years of age. We feel that McDain's is not a place for young children. Their volume can't be controlled and many, many times, they have disturbed other customers."
In an interview with WTAE, Vuick said, "Nothing wrong with babies, but the fact is you can't control their volume. There may be restaurants that prefer to cater to such things. Not here."
He added, "I think it's the height of being impolite and selfish, and therefore, I instituted a policy."
Of course, rather than throwing a ticker tape parade for the man, some parents are up in the arms about the policy -- deeming it "discrimination."
Local resident and mother of a 13-month-old, Stephanie Kelley told reporters that she was offended by the "ignorant" policy.
Funny, Steph. Kinda how everyone else feels about parents who refuse to get a sitter. Incidentally, there
times where you don't need to have your kid pinned to your side.
But other customers support the decision, adding that the owner has a legal right to deny minors from his restaurant. As for the parental backlash, Vuick said, "You know, their child -- maybe as it should be -- is the center of their universe. But they don't realize it's not the center of
OK, Mike. That does it. I'm sending you a check.
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