Minnesota Arby'S Tells Parents That 'Only Well-Behaved Children' Will Be Allowed In Its Restaurant
A Minnesota-based Arby’s is in the spotlight after posting a sign on its door warning parents that “only well-behaved children” would be allowed to dine there.
Christine Hemsworth told KARE11 that she noticed the sign when she walked in the Arby's for dinner with her two sons and daughter.
The sign said: "Notice: Only well behaved children who can keep their food on their trays and their bottoms on their seats are welcome. If you can't do this you will be asked to leave. Thanks."
"I was like 'oh gosh, I've got a 2-year-old with me and he doesn't always keep his fries on the tray or his bottom on the seat. He sometimes stands up,’” she recalled thinking.
Hemsworth decided to eat there anyway, and the dinner was uneventful.
"It was kind of uncomfortable in the restaurant the time we were there," she said. "I have a toddler. I wasn't sure if it was because they didn't want to clean up messes. I always clean up my children's mess anyways but it was an uncomfortable and stressful meal."
Hemsworth said she was “shocked” to see the sign.
“It is a fast food restaurant, it's not something with white tablecloths,” she said. “It's supposed to be family-oriented as far as I knew.”
The story has sparked debate on KARE11’s Facebook page.
“I think this should be the norm,” one person wrote. “People have expectations and one of them is to eat in a non-chaotic environment. I love children but am not too crazy about parents that don’t educate their [kids] concerning proper behavior.”
“It's not just restaurants!” another chimed in. “I work at a clinic and parents let their kids destroy the waiting room and leave it for our staff to pick up. It's amazing how parents just let their kids do whatever they want.”
But others pointed out that little kids, even those who are generally well-behaved, can be unpredictable — and that's age-approriate behavior.
“I think it depends on the age of your child,” one person wrote. “As the parent of a pretty well-behaved toddler, children are squirmy. Sometimes she tries to stand up and move around, occasionally throws food. She is a toddler, I think this is to be expected to a degree.”
“If this was more of a sit-down family restaurant and less fast food, I get it,” another mom wrote. “But my husband is a manager at Arby's in Roseville and he was shocked at this signage. Kids are kids. … Sorry, but this is part of working at a fast food restaurant. There's going to be fries on the floor and a kid throwing a tantrum. That's called parenthood and that's why employees have a broom.”
Other commenters cracked jokes about the story.
“Yep. When I want to have a pleasant and quiet sit down meal with my family, I immediately consider Arby’s,” one wrote.
When reached for comment, Arby’s corporate office told KARE11 that the sign had been removed.