Georgia Restaurant Adds $50 “Unable To Parent” Charge To Checks
When I was growing up, you’d go to a restaurant, and sit down the kids’ menu usually came with crayons and coloring or activity sheets. Perhaps I’d bring a new small toy. But I knew how to sit and entertain myself and eat a meal. But these days it seems like parents have to have to have a plethora of things to keep their kids occupied for a simple meal. Or they just throw a phone or iPad in the kids’ face. I’ll be the first to admit that I know my attention span has suffered thanks to screens. And that certainly seems to be the case with kids as well. I don’t have kids so I’m not going to pretend I know how to parent. But I will say kids have seemingly gotten a little more unruly in public. That’s what led a Georgia restaurant to institute an unable to parent charge on certain checks.
Unable To Parent Charge
And it’s, unsurprisingly, causing some major controversy. The restaurant is called Toccoa Riverside Restaurant in Blue Ridge Georgia. You can read about the policy directly on the menu they have on their website. It says “Adult Surcharge for parents unable to parent $$$”. Numerous media outlets are reporting that it is a $50 charge. The restaurant seemingly doesn’t play around also charging gratuity on any check over 6 guests, when checks are split, and even for a birthday menu? They also clearly state “no respect to service”. And listen I get it. People act out in ways we’ve never seen. And perhaps any publicity is good publicity?
I’m not so sure in this case. The last post on Toccoa Riverside Restaurant’s Instagram page is from July 4th. But that hasn’t stopped a slew of people from making their opinions heard on this unable to parent charge.
It doesn’t appear they have commented on all the attention, will be interesting to see if the owners defend the policy or rescind it.