In North Carolina, owners of the Olde Salty restaurant in Carolina Beach made the news after putting up a sign with the following words: “SCREAMING CHILDREN WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.”
The reason for the “No screaming kids” policy? The owners had been receiving multiple complaints from patrons about kids who were too loud with their screaming and/or crying. Since the sign has gone up, business has increased – but then again, it’s not really hard to see why.
When I worked as a server, the absolute WORST nights were the ones where I’d see three or more families in the restaurant with screaming kids – ALL AT THE SAME TIME. And NOBODY is able to enjoy their evening when this happens:
- The other customers get annoyed because their intimate conversation can’t be heard over a screaming kid
- The servers get annoyed because they have to explain to their table why they can’t just go over to the family and tell them to shut their kid up
- The owners get annoyed because people start to get up and leave their restaurant if they can’t get the ambiance they were expecting
The fact that a restaurant had the bizalls to take a stand against this type of behavior is FANTASTIC. I hope other restaurants follow suit, so that the next time I go someplace to eat, I won’t have to worry about some loud-mouth kid bursting my ear drums!
Oh, and for the parents that are upset that a policy like this exists, it can only mean one thing: you’ve had kids for too long, and forgot how annoyed YOU used to be when you were trying to woo your date and the table next to you had a kid that was screaming its head off for no reason. WAKE up. The policy doesn’t say you can’t come into the restaurant; it just says if your kid is screaming, it won’t be tolerated. Meaning: they will ask you to take your kid outside and calm him the heck down – which is, as a parent, what you should do anyway!
Ah, restaurants that ban screaming kids (finally!)… now THAT’S something to be thankful for! (For the full story, click HERE.)
-Aaron P. Taylor