No kids allowed

illustration by Mark Stivers

A restaurant in Pennsylvania recently passed a ban on children under the age of 6, citing in an email to customers that the restaurant “is not a place for young children. Their volume can’t be controlled and many, many times, they have disturbed other customers.” This isn’t the first time a restaurant has done this. Furthermore, it’s not against the law, as (unlike senior citizens) children are not a protected class of citizens.

Personally, I’m fine with the ban. Is it unfair to parents? Possibly. I know plenty of parents who take their kids outside when they act up. On the other hand, who hasn’t had a meal destroyed because some satanic banshee spawn is shrieking loud enough to make your ears bleed, and Mom and Dad aren’t doing jack about it?

It’s a contentious point with many parents. Some parents understand, others feel they’re being discriminated against, and people with no kids seem to be happy they’ve been granted peace and quiet.

To my knowledge, no restaurant in Sacramento has such a policy in place, but I wonder what the reaction might be if one did?