A BAR in Spain has caused controversy with its no ‘unruly children’ rule.
The sign read “if the child cries, screams or makes noises that annoy other customers, the parents will have to take them outside until they stop doing so,” re-igniting the debate as to whether bars and restaurants should be allowed to ban children.
Other rules imposed by the cocktail bar in Salamanca included “no running or playing in the premises,” “children must be with their parents at all times” and “no toys except phones and consoles.”
The venue quickly began to receive backlash on social media, with parents criticising the bar for putting up ‘unnecessary’ rules and treating children as “second class citizens.”
Others have however defended the rules, with some saying “it’s your business, run it as you please!” and some even threatening “never to come back if you take the sign down.
In a post on Facebook, the bar in question said “in an attempt to regulate coexistence, we wrote up those rules, but after seeing your comments we have realised that we were wrong.”
“We apologise to anyone we may have offended.”
The bar has since taken the sign down.
This decision has also caused some backlash, with some saying “so back to putting up with screams. The parents who can’t teach their children manners win again.”
“Why have you apologised? Children shouldn’t be in a cocktail bar to begin with, and even less so if they are going crazy,” others have said.
A shop in Murcia faced similar backlash when it put up a sign banning children and dogs in 2007, and two bars in Bilbao also maintained their no children policy despite outrage.