Ah, what a spot of good news! Here’s a win for adults tired of having to deal with the far-too-common annoyance of out of control children in public places. Finally, a restaurateur with some common sense!
“Beginning July 16, 2011, McDain’s Restaurant will no longer admit children under six years of age. We feel that McDain’s is not a place for young children. Their volume can’t be controlled and many, many times, they have disturbed other customers.”
Oh, I wish I was closer to Monroeville, Pa. so I could frequent this fine establishment! Now, for all of you parents with small children who are “offended” by this sentiment–get over it! There used to be a time, technically not so long ago, when children were taught how to behave in public–and if they couldn’t, the parent would remove them. But now, “Social Embarrassment” or “manners” are a thing of the past so rather than allow out of control kids and their self-centered parents ruin the dining experience of adults, the owner of this restaurant has instituted a policy to enforce simple common sense and courtesy. Pretty pathetic that you have to have rules about common sense and courtesy, huh?
But that’s America in 2011. A nation of self-centered jackasses and nincompoops worshiping Snookie and getting tattoos all over their bodies, including their faces. Aren’t they soooo cool? Gee, wonder why they can’t get a decent job? That’s OK, here’s your Food Stamps and Section 8 Housing Voucher–the “squares” will pay your way, Fonzie! Hey, you deserve it, you’re special!
Seriously, you’d never have to have such rules just 20 years ago–people still had a sense of dignity about themselves. But not now–oh no, no way! Try and tell Slobbo McGuillicutty and his baby-momma to keep their kids under control and you’re angling for a beating, yo! How dare you “diss” Slobbo! So, Slobbo and the baby-momma make spectacles of themselves while everyone’s evening is ruined. But that’s a good night for Slobbo and the gang–they busted up your nice night real good! What a great country we live in!
Now, many people might say “I teach my kids manners and they’re always well behaved in public” – maybe so, but that’s not good enough! Since there are so many others who refuse to discipline their kids, everyone now must suffer. This is what happens when society breaks down. Common courtesy and social graces disappear, and rules and laws have to be adopted to keep people from killing each other. Wonderful. Some might think this is a bit draconian–really? You can’t even smoke in a BAR in most places in this country and you think this is draconian? Just be quiet.
And it’s not just the kids–their parents can be just as awful in their behavior. How many times have you been in a decent establishment only to have a group of “Fellas” next to you dropping “F-bombs”, “MF-bombs”, and (especially here in NYC) “MF’n N-word bombs” as if they were talking about the weather? Real nice if your trying to have a civilized time with a date, or perhaps your elderly parents or grandparents. Apparently, public vulgarity is the new “black”.
Hopefully one day we can lure all of these “types” of people into one area with the promise of “free stuff” and the vulgarity they can muster–someplace nobody likes and is a dump anyway, like Detroit–and when they’re all in, put a big wall around it and never let them out. We can air-drop food and supplies every month and watch them fight it out for the provisions on TV via Pay-Per-View. That’ll solve the debt crisis right there.
So parents, take your kiddies to Chuck-e-Cheese or McDonald’s and let them scream and yell all they want while you’re zonked on Ambiens….just don’t take them to decent restaurants and adult establishments–oh, and spring for the couple of bucks and hire a sitter the next time you go to a movie for God’s sake!