Should Restaurants Ban Crying Kids?

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A Georgia restaurant's disclaimer asks that parents 'tend to their crying tots outside'
Should Restaurants Ban Crying Kids?
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Crying babies are always annoying in movie theaters, but in some restaurants (say, Denny's), they're expected.

Yet a Georgia restaurant recently made headlines for seemingly banning crying kids. Grand Central Pizza's menu includes a parental disclaimer alongside the pizza and pasta options.

"Dear all present and future patrons: GCP is proud of its reputation as a family restaurant, a title that we will work to keep. Unfortunately a number of our diners have posted unpleasant experiences because of crying and unsupervised children. To ensure that all diners have an enjoyable lunch or dinner with us we respectfully ask that parents tend to their crying tots outside," it reads.

This isn't the first time restaurants have seemingly discriminated against babies or families with babies; a British restaurant began charging a £3 minimum fee, even for babies who wouldn't eat any of the food (they have since apologized and clarified their stance).

Grand Central Pizza's co-owner Donnie Parmer told Fox News that he likes kids and he wants them there, but the restaurant received numerous complaints about crying kids on Yelp, even saying a kid once hit another customer in the head with a toy.

The policy, asking parents to bring their crying kids outside, seems reasonable enough; it probably, however, won't jive with places where it snows in the winter.

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