Screaming Kids Not Tolerated

Thursday, September 9, 2010


On the way home from work this afternoon, I heard on the radio that a North Carolina restaurant put a sign up in their window that says "Screaming Children Will NOT Be Tolerated!"  When I got home, I Googled it to see where the restaurant was, and if it was near where we live (it's not... it's on the coast).  Go here for the full story. 

Anywho, it's pretty much common courtesy to take your children out of the restaurant if they are pitching a fit.  Right?  This restaurant just chose to put it in writing.  I don't see the big deal.  Unless you are totally oblivious, or just don't care, then of course you're going to take your bratty kids outside in order to not disturb other patrons.  The example given in the video clip was of a woman angry because her son is autistic and can't help it.  I don't think any sort of disability overrides the common courtesy factor.  The restauranteur is not banning entry to anyone, just simply asking you to take your kids outside if they start screaming.  Would the lady with the autistic son just keep on sitting in the restaurant eating her meal if her son was disturbing other people?  I would hope not.  I don't mean to be insensitive, and I don't think I am, but I really don't think the fact that her son is autistic has any correlation whatsoever with the owner's no tolerance policy.

What do you think?  Am I off base here?

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