HOUSTON, Texas (ABC) — A move by one restaurant is dividing parents and diners. A Houston restaurant has banned children under 9-years-old during dinner hours.
“There’s nothing we can do about that. That’s a child.”
It’s a real life “Sex and the City” moment, but unlike the TV version, the kids behaving badly at Lorraine MacDuff’s Rainy Days Cafe in Lake Stevens, Washington, promptly got the boot.
“I told her that she was going to have to leave, that we had just paid good money to have our carpets cleaned and I didn’t appreciate that her kid was stomping crumbs into the carpet,” says MacDuff.
Taking the whole mess to Facebook, writing: “A couple of ladies came in today and this is the mess their children made.”
MacDuff adds, “I put it on Facebook for my regular customers who are always neat and tidy and ones who have very small children and its not fair to them to not be recognized for the good work they do.”
Her post, going viral, prompting a ferocious Facebook debate including: “Rainy you fail!!!” and “News flash. You’re in the industry to serve..suck it up and serve and clean!”
Many also coming to MacDuff’s defense. “Yay for you! I’m a teacher who loves children, but some families have no behavior expectations for their children in restaurants.”
“Everybodys allowed to have their opionion, allowed to live their life, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” MacDuff explains.
So who’s really in the right?
“Think a flat out ban on children in restaurants is going way too far, its way too extreme,” says Catherine Donaldson-Evans, senior lifestyle editor of The Stir.
“Soemtimes, as parents that want to get away from their kids and they’re having a date night and your kids are running around, so its just a no-win situation,” adds comedian Glozell Green.
Still, MacDuff’s not the first to ban kids. At La Fisheria Restaurant in Houston, they live by the seven-by-seven rule: no kids 7 and under after 7 p.m.
So while it may be leaving a bad taste in some people’s mouths for others, it’s their favorite off the menu addition.