Going to a restaurant with your kids can be a test if they don’t behave properly. Running around, shouting or even throwing food at each other are some of the behaviors that make the owners of the place angry.
Sometimes restaurants can’t take it anymore and decide to take drastic measures. This is what a restaurant from Georgia, in the United States, did. As reported by the ‘Mirror’, the establishment has decided to charge up to $50 extra to families whose children misbehave during meals.
At the bottom of the ticket you read: “Surcharge per adult: for adults unable to act as parents $$”. The restaurant’s owner, Tim Richter, explained to the aforementioned media that he never had to take this step because the minors were “running all over the restaurant.”
Banning children from entering a restaurant?
Niñophobia is the practice of banning children from entering certain establishments such as restaurants with the aim of ensuring peace and disconnection from other customers. In Spain, there are about 8% of establishments that do not allow the entry of children, of which 1% are bars and restaurants. Is this measure discriminatory?
The journalist Beatriz Cortázar believes that if the situation requires it, it is not rejection. “I don’t think we need to dramatize and put things in their context,” he said of the need to create some quieter spaces with a more mature atmosphere.
On the other hand, the psychologist Javier Urra believes that it is discrimination because it is against the constitution and against the law for the protection of children. “How can we educate the children outside? To educate we need to see the children and the parents and grandparents have a responsibility. Let’s see if we want to have children and they don’t cry, ” he explained.
Rubén Sánchez, general secretary of Facua, says that “this is not a legal practice because it consists of excluding the client’s profile for a completely arbitrary reason.” “It presupposes that the child can be annoying and it cannot be presupposed,” he added without hesitation.