Do restaurants need child-free sections? | The Tylt
Although some people like the idea of child-free spaces in restaurants, no one wants to be accused of being a kid-hater. Let's be honest, sometimes it sucks eating near kids. But some parents say kids have a right to public spaces just like adults do, and not everyone can afford a sitter. What do you think?
Do restaurants need child-free sections?
Writer Jenn Wohletz says unruly children in restaurants aren't fair to diners without kids—especially parents who've gone to the trouble to get a sitter and have a night out without kids.
Unsupervised tots running amok in restaurants create a messy, noisy, chaotically frenzied atmosphere and it's irritating as all hell to try and have a calm, quiet, orderly meal while other peoples' less-than-adorable special snowflakes are yelling, throwing food, hitting and kicking things and nosing around the dining room.
Kids are people too, yo. Some say banning kids from certain spaces is discriminatory. Weren't we all crying babies at one time? And how will they learn if they don't eat out?
"I think kids need to know how to behave in restaurants, and if you, don't take them to them, they don't know how to behave and they shouldn't be kept hidden away, so I think it's ridiculous. Kids should be allowed in restaurants."
Sorry, but no one wants to shell out a ton of money to dine out next your crying kid. Think of everyone else. Your server is not a valid replacement for a babysitter.
Many times, they will be young parents who order plenty of wine while their kids play with each other. The adults are a lot more relaxed and laid-back than they normally are because they are in an enclosed space where they assume the staff will make sure their kids don’t leave the premises. This means that they are not watching their offspring, which effectively turns us employees into babysitters while we’re also busy taking orders and serving.
It must be nice to live in some kind of world where you can afford a babysitter and a nice meal out. Banning children essentially makes a restaurant something only well-off folks can manage to do.
I don't think they should be banned. I've got kids and if you're going out as a family it's part and parcel of the experience.
Sorry, nope. Dining out should be a special occasion and no one should suffer on account of your bad parenting skills.
"I think it’s very rude and very uncouth to sit there and let your baby cry and scream when obviously there’s a problem and you’re not handling it. Maybe he’s tired. Maybe he needs to be fed. I can’t stand for parents to sit there and ignore [their] own child while they eat."
Here are some perspectives from people who definitely don't want to tolerate small kids at restaurants.
We should ban kids from going to restaurants— nave (@yourwaifuispoop) December 24, 2016
True life: I would pay extra to sit in a child free section of a restaurant— Brent Moss (@brentmoss) July 22, 2015
Here are some perspectives from people who are not cool from banning kids from restaurants or barring them from certain areas.
I don't think we should ban noisy kids from cafes, restaurants; we should just ban the parents esp those who do nothing when kids misbehave— gordon kho (@ohmygord) December 28, 2012
I think banning kids from restaurants is just gross. Why don't they just ban assholes instead.— BORED Mommy (@BOREDmommy) July 15, 2011
Don't ban the little kids from the restaurants that's rude— brittney anderson (@royalpink0890) July 13, 2011