A Georgia Restaurant Is Charging An Extra Fee For ‘Poor Parenting’
There’s nothing worse than having your lovely dinner date ruined by rowdy, rambunctious kids a few tables over. It’s even worse when the kids’ parents don’t even make an effort to control them. Well a restaurant in Georgia is looking to remedy that issue by charging an extra $50 to parents whose children cause a ruckus.
The Toccoa Riverside Restaurant started this controversial policy a few years ago around the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But as the restaurant’s owner Tim Richter clarifies in an interview with WSB-TV, they never had to threaten to enforce the rule until a few weeks ago.
Richter described an instance where a large family with nine children came in to eat. Soon after they arrived the children started “running all over the restaurant,” according to the owner. And even then, they never actually slapped the extra $50 on the family’s bill, though Richter did serve them a warning.
The reasoning behind this policy is simple, according to Richter. As he puts it: “we want parents to be parents.”
Online reactions to this decision are mixed, which is to be expected when it comes to calling people’s parenting skills into question. A majority of Reddit users seem supportive of the poor parenting charge. Notable comments include, “this is a beautiful idea,” and, “I would go to this restaurant if for no other reason than to support them for doing that.”
However, as WSB-TV reports, some customers aren’t as keen on the idea. As one parent of a 20-month-old stated, “I feel that if I were charged, I would be very unhappy about it and probably never recommend the place to somebody.”
This might catch me some flack, but I actually agree with the spirit of the fee. If your kids are disrupting everyone’s night out and you’re not lifting a finger to rein them in, then maybe you should face the consequences.
However, I also acknowledge that that’s very easy for me to say as a childless person. Maybe when I have children of my own I’ll see the charge as more unfair, but for now I’m on #TeamTaccoa!