NC Restaurant Bars Screaming Kids
Owner says the new signs are a hit
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff | Suggested by LazyPaperboy
Posted Sep 8, 2010 4:38 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A North Carolina restaurant has angered some families—and relieved some diners—by putting up signs that say, "Screaming children will not be tolerated." The upshot? "It has been a good thing for us," the owner of the Olde Salty restaurant in Carolina Beach tells WECT. "It has brought us in more customers than it has ever kept away."

She says screaming children and their parents are asked to take time to calm down outside the restaurant, rather than being booted outright. Nonetheless, some parents are against the policy: "I've never seen a restaurant say, don't bring your screaming kids in here," says one diner who's also the mother of two. "You can't help it if your kids scream."

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Sep 16, 2010 11:43 PM CDT
When parents do not teach their children, society will teach them. There are too many parents without access to good manners because neither they nor their parents had good manners and on and on it goes.. Parents who are well bred and who have had access to proper behavior have no problem deciding how to handle screaming children. Noble parents spend more time with their children in private places , anyway, because their life experiences involve places where the priviledged spend their time and most of those places are not public places. When they do go public, they know precisely how to handle misbehaving children and they are not afraid of their children nor intimidated by what everybody else thinks.Their values come from well grounded social correctness, not from political correctness and intergenerational ignobility. More restaurants should adopt the No Screaming policy because ,sadly, too few chlildren have access to proper behavior at home.
Sep 11, 2010 12:15 PM CDT
All I can say is THANK YOU! I don't go out to eat any more and screaming kids running around is the biggest reason. I was taught as a child that in a restaurant (ANY restaurant) that you were to sit down and be quiet so as not to disturb other people. And I'm not that old either.....
Kate Tomlinson
Sep 9, 2010 6:06 PM CDT
I believe this should be an unspoken rule at ANY establishment!! You should not ever allow your children to behave in a manner that is disturbing to other people. If you can not or will not control your children then you should get a babysitter or stay home. No one wants to go out to a meal and listen to your little precious bundle of joy scream while others are eating and socializing. The "world" didnt forget their birth control, you did so dont punish the rest of the world with your screaming child. This was not meant to offend anyone. People really need to be more considerate of others in the world. On any given day at any given time people are out at a resturaunt for different reasons. Some to eat a meal with friends others doing buisness. How do you know that the people behind you didnt just come from a funeral? Do you really think "everyone" thinks your child is that cute? Please people we need to be more considerate of others outside of yourselves. Respect for self and others is something that is certainly lacking. Teach your children respect and we wouldnt have to have these discussions. Its a very simple solution too. When your child begins to behave inappropriatley you simply remove them from the table and step outside until they can compose themselves. Not hard... its inconvienient to the parent and that is the real problem not the child at all!!