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14th Feb 2023

Restaurant faces backlash following ban of children under 10

Kat O'Connor

“Some recent events have pushed us to implement this new policy.”

A restaurant in New Jersey has come under fire after banning children under 10.

Nettie’s restaurant said kids under 10 are no longer welcome because they cause multiple issues in the eatery.

They explained that they don’t have enough room for high chairs, and that staff are also tired of cleaning up “crazy messes” caused by children.

In a post on social media, the restaurant said: “We love kids. We really, truly, do. But lately, it’s been extremely challenging to accommodate children at Nettie’s.

“Between noise levels, lack of space for high chairs, cleaning up crazy messes, and the liability of kids running around the restaurant, we have decided that it’s time to take control of the situation.”

The staff said they do love children, but they’re causing far too many disruptions in their restaurant.

“This wasn’t a decision that was made lightly, but some recent events have pushed us to implement this new policy.

“As of March 8, the day we return from our winter break, we will no longer allow children under 10 to dine in the restaurant.”

The team at Nettie’s apologised for upsetting some customers, but they had to make this decision for their own sake.

They said: “We know that this is going to make some of you very upset, especially those of you with very well-behaved kids, but we believe this is the right decision for our business moving forward.”

Many customers supported their decision, but some parents were less than impressed.

One said: “Your house, your rules. I’m a mom – kid-free dinners are AMAZING and every. one. knows. it. moms especially!! so unsure why all the outrage over it?”

Another wrote: “They’re still allowing kids, just not under 10. It’s their restaurant, their choice. I love it. I hate eating out with a screaming kid next to me.”

Disagreeing with the decision though, a third said they were making a major mistake.

They wrote: “I can’t see how you can possibly justify discriminating against an entire group of people based on age (or any external factor) alone.”

Another parent said: “We’ve been and our kids are so well behaved 6 and 9. It’s too bad you couldn’t have handled patrons on an individual basis when issues arose.”

What do you think?

This article originally appeared on HER FAMILY 

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