Parents and children
Though there are plenty of activities for parents and children, an increasing number of businesses are insisting people leave the kids at home. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

At restaurant in a Pittsburgh, Pa., suburb, the owner has decided to ban all children younger than 6. The owner says too many patrons have brought in unruly children and other patrons and staff should not have to put up with it.

Annoying kids spoil a good time

A restaurant owner in Monroeville, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, has had it with children acting out in his place of business, and kids are now banned from his restaurant, according to MSNBC. No children younger than 6 will be welcome at his restaurant, McDain’s. He says the problem is actually the parents. Owner Mike Vuick said that infants crying naturally happens, but the issue is unruly toddlers who parents refuse to try to get under control. He and his staff have had too many experiences with parents who “act like we’re the ones being offensive” when parents are asked to get toddlers to stop disturbing other patrons. The restaurant doesn’t have a children’s menu.

Some people want to eat quietly

Vuick, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, says his restaurant is not a “kid-oriented place,” and “there are many child-oriented places that are a lot cheaper to go to.” He said of uncooperative parents that “their child, maybe as it should be, is the center of their universe … not the center of the universe.” The “up-scale casual” restaurant is located on a golf course and doesn’t advertise itself as a family restaurant.

A child ban, implicit or explicit, is not new in restaurants. Many fine dining establishments have no child’s menu and advertise specifically to attract adult clientele. Even Disney cruise ships have adults-only restaurants, as one blogger pointed out via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Growing backlash against children

Earlier this year, a furor erupted over Malaysia Airlines banning children from first class, according to CNN. First class passengers, according to the airline, pay a lot to travel in comfort and don’t want to be interrupted by a wailing infant. RyanAir, according to the Irish Independent, talked about starting “child-free flights” as an April Fool’s joke, but some people took it seriously. Many people feel some places should be free of children so adults can relax. A sector of the travel industry has long been devoted to “child-free” getaways.

Sources

MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43718876/ns/business-small_business/

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11193/1159804-56.stm

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: http://www.stltoday.com/travel/article_04297927-7465-5e24-8dd0-769bd4986b92.html

CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/06/28/malaysia.airlines.baby.ban.cnngo/index.html?hpt=tr_bn2

Irish Independent: http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/parenting/the-childfree-zone-2809601.html


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