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The restaurant's management said all kids under the age of 16 must now be accompanied by an adult.
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ROYERSFORD, Pa. — A Pennsylvania fast food restaurant is taking a stand against unruly children.
The Chick-fil-A in Royersford, Pennsylvania posted on Facebook last week that kids under the age of 16 would no longer be allowed to dine in their restaurant without a parent present.
The restaurant said school-aged children were being dropped off by their parents at a nearby bounce park and the kids would eventually make their way into the Chick-fil-A. Management outlined "unacceptable behaviors" which have become common with the groups of unsupervised children, including loud conversations with explicit language, trashing the restaurant and its restrooms, disrespecting employees and conducting other unsafe behavior, including walking through the parking lot and drive-thru lane.
"To those unaccompanied children and teens that have visited us and acted appropriately, we thank you. But we also apologize. Due to the numerous extreme behaviors of many of your peers, we must make a blanket rule covering anyone under the age of 16," the restaurant wrote.
We contemplated long and hard before posting this, but decided it was time. Often on Saturdays and days when schools are...
Posted by Chick-fil-A Royersford on Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Children under 16 who are not accompanied by an adult are still welcome to order food to go, the restaurant said, but they will no longer be allowed to eat inside the restaurant.
Management concluded their post by noting they weren't blaming the parents for the decision.
"Children and teens are learning to navigate the world free from supervision and often push the boundaries. We simply can't let them push those boundaries anymore at our restaurant. We encourage you to talk to your children and ask about behaviors they have seen and perhaps participated in," they wrote.
the restaurant I worked at in the 80's knew how to deal with unruly children. we didn't have a child's menu.
My kids were unruly in public when they were about 4 - 5 years old. It got so bad I couldn't even take them to Walmart. Finally I told them they weren't leaving the house unless it was to go to school. They were allowed to play outside but they were getting no car trips. I kept this up for about 3 years. Finally my daughter (about 8 at the time) is begging me for us to go out to dinner. They were the worst at restaurants! I think she finally matured enough to realize that previous unacceptable behavior wasn't going to be tolerated and I think she may have even taken her little brother aside to explain the facts of life.
Well we went out to dinner. Nothing fancy...Olive Garden, I think it was, but they were very well behaved. Nobody playing under the table, nobody bitching about their food, nobody bitching about being bored. They sat there with their crayons, told the waiter what they wanted in clear language, enjoyed their food, and were released from the prison of their own making.
the last time I was at olive garden was 20 years ago. my then teenage daughter and her mother were lecturing me on what a total human embarrassment I was in public and how they hated going anywhere with me. so I took a tiny piece of green fettuccine and let it lay out of one nostril down above my lip after we were done with the entrees and waiting for the waitress to take our dessert order. for some reason they both decided to skip the cheesecake that night and were waiting for me out front as I paid the bill. that probably saved me $20.
Eh, when I was a teen we hung out at a restaurant that was down the street. The people didn't seem to mind. Of course we didn't destroy the place. I don't think we were really loud and destructive either.
Back in the early eighties kids hung out at the grocery store because they had arcade games.
when I was in elementary school we were allowed to go home for lunch. even though my mom gave me lunch money, me and my pals would ride our bikes to an upholstery shop 2 blocks away that had a pop machine and sold snack food. with our lunch money we could get an RC cola, a twinkee, and a chocolate bar. 1965 and we were living large. pretty soon all of my peers in school were doing the same thing and the school lunch room was taking a financial hit. somebody must have squealed because one day school policy changed. you needed a permission slip signed by a parent to be able to leave campus and go home for lunch. damn those education elitists.
I just googled where Royorsford is. It's in Montgomery County which is just NW of Philadelphia. I think this is one of those wealthier bed room communites of Philly
Good for Chik Fil-A. I hate bratty kids but most especially bratty teenagers