Excuse the french: Children in coffee shops

Dan Beazley -

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The Little French Cafe in Broadmeadow has received both praise and judgement for posting a message about the behaviour of children and their parents on Facebook.

On Monday (Oct 20) the cafe posted a “housekeeping” announcement on the business’s Facebook page. In the post the business owners stated that;

“If you are looking for a cafe with a children’s menu, baby chinos, a play area, lounges for your children to jump on, vast space for your prams, an area for your children to run rampant, and annoy other customers, whilst you are oblivious to them – then the short answer is No we are not child friendly,”

The post which has since been deleted from Facebook, went on to state that;

“If you would like to bring your children here, and they are happy to sit at a table with you, while you enjoy a coffee, and are well behaved, please come in. Otherwise, there are plenty of places that are specifically designed to entertain your children.”

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The statement caused people to take to the page in both support and criticism of their stance with many parents saying they would not be returning to the popular Broadmedow cafe.

 

Due to the varied responses the cafe owner took to Facebook again to clarify the business’s decision.

“OK, in a follow up to my previous post, which has been taken completely the wrong way by “some”, I do, really do understand parents with kids. I am one. Which makes it even harder to sit by and watch what “some” children do, when they are here in my cafe, knowing that if I say something, I’ll be admonished for it. I can’t win either way. It’s not AT ALL about discrimination. I built a cafe, based around the clientele in the area, which is local businesses.  If I had opened the cafe in a main st hub, which was open 7 days with my main clientele being predominantly parents, I would have built the cafe to suit that crowd.  I have been accused of having “attitude” because I have put my point across and answered peoples posts – again, I can’t win. The whole point which has been missed from the original post, was that the question was posed to me on the review part of the page, “Are you child friendly, as it doesn’t seem so?” I have never said, No, they are Not welcome here. Had I have said yes of course we cater for children, and then people arrived with kids and prams, and nowhere to park them, nothing for kids on the menu, and nothing to entertain their children, then I would cop flack for misleading them, and face that backlash” the post read.

 

 

What do you think? Are the owners of The Little French Cafe in Broadmeadow in the right, or do you think they’ve overstepped the mark here? Let us know in the comment below.

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