Restaurant bans children under six

July 11th, 2011 by | Permalink

Children banned from eating in a PA restaurant. Image from google Images

McDain’s Restaurant and Golf Center in Monroeville, PA has decided to stop admitting young children. Owner Mike Vuick wrote in an email to loyal customers “Beginning July 16, 2011, McDain’s Restaurant will no longer admit children under six years of age. We feel that McDain’s is not a place for young children. Their volume can’t be controlled and many, many times, they have disturbed other customers.”

Vuick explained his reasoning to the local news,saying “I think it’s the height of being impolite and selfish, and therefore, I instituted a policy…Nothing wrong with babies, but the fact is you can’t control their volume,” Vuick said. “There may be restaurants that prefer to cater to such things. Not here.” He further stated that he does not intend to make any exceptions to the rule.

One loyal customer, Stephanie Kelley, had planned a July 16 dinner outing at McDain’s with a group of 20 visiting family members from North Carolina, including her 13 month old son, but Vuick told her he would not take the reservation if she plans to bring the child.

Kelley said “If they’re so concerned about noise, what do they plan to do about the loud people at the bar?”

Customers who were interviewed generally said children in the restaurant don’t bother them, but they support Vuick’s right to deny service.

Vuick is confident that the majority of his customers will support the new policy. “…I’ve noticed…there are certain parents who can’t leave their children at home,” Vuick said, “You know, their child — maybe as it should be — is the center of their universe. But they don’t realize it’s not the center of the universe.”

While restaurants cannot ban senior citizens because they’re in a protected class under the law, there is no law that prevents children from being denied service.

Source: msnbc.msn.com

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  • Uno Hoo

    Good Idea! I will certainly give it a try, now. Kids are fine, but if the parents are too low class to raise them right, I should not have to deal with them when I am somewehere spending a lot of money. Take ‘em to McDonalds or get a sitter..

  • LISBETH

    YEAH FOR A MAN WHO IS STANDING UP FOR WHAT MAKES HIS CUSTOMERS HAPPY. HE DID’NT JUST WAKE UP ONE MORNING AND DECIDE TO MAKE THIS HUGE CHANGE, OTHERS HAVE BEEN SUGGESTING THIS FOR “YEARS”! AS A SOCIETY, PEOPLE LACK THE ABILITY TO TELL THEIR CHILDREN TO ………SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP, AND STOP BOTHING OTHER PEOPLE WHEN THEY ARE EATING AND ALSO SPENDING THEY’RE HARD EARNED DOLLARS AND YOUR LOUD AND ABNOXIOUS BEHAVIOR IS RUINING THEY’RE DINNER. BUT THEN, WE WILL HAVE SOME SUE HAPPY CRAZY LADY THAT’S GOING TO CHALLANGE HIM ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE COURTS BECAUSE SHE FEELS AS THOU HER CHILD HAS BEEN VIOLATED SOME WAY AND THEY’RE GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO EAT WHERE THEY WANT HAS BEEN TAKEN AWAY….AND SHE’LL PROBABLY WIN…..AND IT’S NOT FAIR…THIS IS’NT A CHAIN, THIS IS SOMEONES PERSONAL FAMILY BUSINESS AND HE HAS THE “RIGHT” TO MAKE THIS CHANGE.

  • critter

    I have an issue with this he talks about them being selfish there kids they don’t understand but he also being selfish himself.

    he using a double standard. shameful

  • Chuck Anziulewicz

    I’m now in my 50s, and I remember a time when parents made sure their small children knew how to behave in places like McDain’s. That time is long gone. Most parent today knuckle under to their kids’ every demand, and you can’t even go to a public library anymore without having to deal with kids screaming and running around while their parents just shrug it off. I don’t live anywhere near Monroeville, so I can’t thank this restaurant by increasing my own patronage, but if any restaurants where I live institute similar policies, I’ll be sure to spend my money there more often. If you can’t control your darling little yard apes, take them to McDonald’s or Chuck E. Cheese, and leave the rest of us in peace.

  • AboutTime

    Thank goodness, I’m so tired of going to a restaurant and having my lunch/dinner ruined by someones screaming/running child. Children of a certain age have a limited attention span and are always looking for something to do. Perhaps all the up in arms parents should take them on a picnic lunch to a park and let me run and scream all they want to and teach them some manners while they are at it. STOP BEING YOUR KIDS BEST FRIEND, BE THEIR PARENT!!!!!!!!! They will respect you for it later.

 
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