Ever gone out to eat only to have your relaxing meal soundtracked by loud, obnoxious children? You're not alone. It's a fairly common occurrence, and one that can ruin the whole experience of dining out. So when a popular Florida eatery decided to ban children, some locals were ALL about it. And, of course, others — namely parents — were livid.
Noisy kids in a restaurant can be pretty annoying.
You settle in for a nice, relaxing evening out, and all of a suddenly there’s an army of tiny, screaming humans doing everything possible to distract you from the delicious meal in front of you.
So is the idea of having a kids-free restaurant such a bad idea?
According to some ticked-off Tampa parents, it is.
Hampton Station, a well-known beer garden, restaurant, and bar located in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, recently added a small but direct sign to their door just above the listed hours: NO CHILDREN.
The ban came as a result of a dangerous incident involving unsupervised children.
While owner Troy Taylor abstained from sharing specifics, he stressed that this new rule was a safety move.
“It’s basically about children’s safety. We’re a small local place and I couldn’t stand to have someone get hurt, especially a kid, on our watch,” Taylor told TODAY.
“And we really don’t have the staff to monitor that kind of stuff.”
While it seems like a reasonable decision, the ban sparked a pretty intense debate after a group called Tampa Bay Moms posted about it on Facebook.
Many Moms in the area were NOT having it, and seemed personally offended by the ban.
“Really, Hampton Station?” one woman commented.
“My family has been very loyal, with you being ‘our’ pizza place. Visiting and ordering weekly. We have given you so much business. Sad and angry that we will be taking our business elsewhere.”
“We always sat outside because I don't allow them to sit at bars,” another woman wrote.
“No children because the owners are too afraid of confronting a few parents that have misbehaving kids and pissing them off. So better solution is to piss off ALL parents that patronized. Great thinking guys … we won’t be ordering take out either.”