A restaurant is going viral for reportedly charging customers an extra fee for ”bad parenting”. Allegedly, the owner of the restaurant has been adding $50 to the bill of people he claims have children with them who behave badly at the premises. Singaporeans with children, who are a little hyper, can breathe because the restaurant is in the United States.
Bad parenting fee debate
However, the $50 poor parenting fee has sparked mixed reactions online globally after it broke in US news. Some people are justifying the owner’s actions. While others think it was completely disrespectful and inappropriate as seen on Reddit.
The restaurant in question, Toccoa Riverside Restaurant in Georgia, is known for its typical American-style food located in a picturesque location along the waterfront. In fact, it has a 4.1 rating on google and more than 2,000 reviews so this controversial policy, listed on the menu as ”Adult Surcharge: For adults unable to parent”, comes as a shock to many.
Google reviewers have further indicated that the debatable policy does exist. Some customers stated:
“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,”
“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’ – 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.”
“Don’t go if you have children. We were 3 adults, 2 children and our 4 month 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 (of course this is not a fancy restaurant) and later moved our stroller in a bad way,” another google user stated.
Meanwhile, one mother told NBC’s Today that the $50 ”adult surcharge” policy at the Blue Ridge restaurant was added to her table because the restaurateurs claimed that the 11 children in their party were ”too loud”, even though she believed they were well behaved.