A restaurant in Georgia has come under fire for implementing a “bad parenting” fee for adults who bring ill-mannered children to dine.
The Toccoa Riverside Restaurant, situated near the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia, has been thrust into the spotlight after patrons uploaded a photo of its menu on Reddit, revealing a fee for children who misbehave.
“Adult surcharge: For adults unable to parent $$$,” the menu reads.
The menu also mentions a “Gratuity of 20%” for “parties over 6” and a “Share charge” of $3. However, it’s the “bad parenting” fee that has garnered the most attention and criticism.
Feedback on Google Reviews provides further insight into the experiences of some diners. Danielle Hampy, a reviewer, expressed her dissatisfaction with a one-star rating, recounting an unpleasant encounter with the establishment’s owner.
“If you have children, absolutely avoid this place at all costs. Holy moly – the most disrespectful owner made a huge scene in front of the entire restaurant because our children were ‘running through the restaurant,’” Hampy said.
“They were down by the river. We were told we need to ‘go to Burger King and Walmart’ and that we were bad parents. They have a $50 surcharge for ‘bad children.’” she added.
Kyle Landmann, another disgruntled customer, shared his experience, detailing an unexpected charge on his bill due to his children’s behavior.
“The owner came out and told me he was adding $50 to my bill because of my children’s behavior. My kids watched a tablet until the food arrived, ate their food and my wife took them outside while I waited and paid the bill,” Landmann said.
Another patron cautioned families with children about visiting the restaurant, recounting an unwelcoming atmosphere from the moment they entered.
“Don’t go if you have children. We were 3 adults, 2 children and our 4mo baby and since we entered to the place they gave us a bad look. Later my wife was rocking the baby (not crying, just to make him sleep) and this ‘manager’ told her that you don’t do that in a fancy restaurant,” the user said.
The Reddit community also weighed in on the matter, with many expressing their disapproval of the restaurant’s policies.
“The number of red flags on this menu, I’d just go ahead and say no thanks. I mean, the parenting thing is one bit, but if they can’t get their s— together enough to deal with setting a price that deals with their credit card fees, and their solution is to show the cheap price and add a surcharge?” a Reddit user said.
“If I read this at a restaurant I would probably leave. Charge for unruly kids and a ‘share charge $3’ like who cares if I wanna share my food once I pay for it?” another Reddit user said.
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