We’ve all been to a restaurant where someone’s obnoxious progeny has disturbed the entire dining room with their peals of shrieks while nearly tripping servers trying to deliver food as they scamper between tables in their quest to empty every sugar caddy and salt and pepper shaker in the joint. And while some parents take their disruptive kids outside to cool off and give the other patrons a break, too many just allow their evil spawns to continue their apeshittery, totally oblivious that every other human being in the restaurant wants them to get to-go boxes and piss off forever. A restaurant in Singapore finally decided that they’d had enough and has put a $10 “screaming children surcharge” in place and said they’ve had a decrease in rambunctious kids with inattentive parents.
According to Yahoo! News, Angie’s Oyster Bar & Grill had gotten tired of customers complaining about noisy kids killing their vibe, so they started their $10 penalty about a month ago after May and June saw an uptick in parents letting their brats take over. After implementing the charge, they say that they’ve seen a noticeable improvement.
“Prior to the introduction of this policy, we were receiving comments or complaints from other customers on a weekly basis.”
With the penalty in place, it noted “an improvement and fewer complaints”, with customers who are parents being more mindful and making a greater effort to ensure their children are not disturbing others while dining.
The restaurant says that they’ve only received a little pushback, but “99%” of people making reservations have been respectful when informed about the policy.
“We are happy to inform you that the vast majority of our guests understand the policy was introduced with good intentions and appreciate we’re doing our best to make the dining experience enjoyable for everyone and not just a select few.”
But the restaurant said it occasionally encounters challenging parents and caretakers who disagree with the policy before a visit.
“(We) see it as a forewarning and prepare for their arrival. We understand that we can’t please everyone, but we can do our best to deter egocentric behaviours and encourage mutual respect between all our guests.”
So basically, Angie’s gives the worst table in the house (you know the one: usually cattycorner to the door that leads out to the dumpster and right by the bathrooms) to people who are assholes on the phone about their kids being assholes in the restaurant. Angie’s has even gone so far as to remove highchairs, but they say that was mostly due to space issues inside the restaurant.
Customers with babies are informed of the policy beforehand so that they can make necessary adjustments.
“As with so many places in Singapore, space is very limited and there was simply insufficient room to store baby chairs without obstructing the walkways for customers and service staff,” the restaurant said.
Here’s a statement from Angie’s about the reception of their “screaming children surcharge” (that should probably be amended to also include something about how Jillian Michaels behaves in a restaurant):