Should parents be charged at restaurants for failing to control kids?

Should parents be charged at restaurants for failing to control kids?

This restaurant charges an extra $50 (approximately R900) for parents who can't control their children. 

Mother exasperated by picky eating daughter in a restaurant iStock
Mother exasperated by picky eating daughter in a restaurant/ iStock

Taking your kids out to eat at a restaurant can be challenging, especially if the restaurant has no play area. 

Many toddlers cannot keep still and might throw tantrums, cry, or mess up the table where they are eating. 

To deal with the extra work that waiters might face, this restaurant in the United States has decided to charge extra on the bill. 

The Toccoa Riverside Restaurant has an "adult surcharge" on the bill for parents who come with children who are uncontrollable. 

The restaurant describes the charge as "For adults unable to parent".

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Sky News reports that one parent, Kyle Landmann, left a review online, saying how he was shocked to see the charge. 

"The owner came out and told me he was adding $50 (£41) to my bill because of my children's behaviour," Landmann said.

The father says what shocked him was that his children did not misbehave. 

"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."

His wife, Lyndsey Landmann, was also not impressed. 

In an interview with NBC News Today, she says her children were well behaved. 

"I remember thinking, 'no way is this real'. The kids were sitting at one end of the table, and they were being so good. I even commented halfway through the meal: 'I can't believe how well-behaved they are'," she said. 

The mother says the owner of the restaurant said the children were "being too loud" and "running around outside".

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