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Some Restaurants Are Charging Parents Extra Fees for ‘Loud Kids’. Should it Be Allowed?

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Some restaurants are tacking, what they are calling, “Loud Kids” fees onto dining tickets, and I’m livid right now.

Yes, I’m 100% serious.

There is a restaurant out there in Georgia, Toccoa Riverside Restaurant, that actually charged a party $50 for “Loud Children.”

I mean, WHAT?!?

Here’s what happened, according to Reddit:

There was a party of 5 families that decided to go enjoy dinner at Tocca Riverside Restaurant.

In said party there were 11 kids.

Now, I know, 11 kids can be a lot. They can get rowdy. It happens.

But, in this case, Lyndsey Landmann says that the kids were well behaved throughout the meal.

The kids were sitting at one end of the table and they were being so good. I even commented halfway through the meal, ‘I can’t believe how well-behaved they are.

Lyndsey Landmann

At the end of the meal the owner of the restaurant, Tim Richter, showed up to the table.

(Insert menacing music)

He has the menu in hand and he’s showing us where it talks about the fee — At first I thought he was gonna compliment us and be like, ‘But you won’t be charged because your kids were so well-behaved.’

Lyndsey Landmann

That’s not what happened.

The owner got loud — angry even — and insisted that the fee be charged to the families.

He got in our faces and told us that we belonged at Burger King and not at his restaurant. We asked to speak to the owner and he said he was the owner — I looked around the restaurant and everybody was frozen watching this show he was putting on. He was yelling.

Lyndsey Landmann

Should Restaurants Charge A “Loud Kids” Fee?

I have a few friends — who don’t have children — who would agree whole-heartedly with this insane fee for “Loud Kids” at restaurants.

But, any parent knows that it can be stressful af taking your kids out to restaurants.

You just want to go out, have a nice family meal. But, you never know when that meal is going to turn into a game of wills between the parent and the kids.

As much as you want to, you can’t 100% control the actions of your children.

You can tell them to be quiet. You can walk them outside for a stern talking to. You can even threaten them within an inch of their little lives.

But, the kid is going to do what the kid does.

It’s not like the parents set out to cause chaos in the restaurants. It’s just the nature of having kids sometimes.

BUT, apparently in this case, the kids were great. There was no yelling. There was no rowdiness.

The parents can’t win for winning.

What do you think about this “Loud Kids” fee at restaurants?

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