A Georgia restaurant has made the decision to tack an extra $50 on to any bill they’re referring to as an “adult surcharge” for any parents who refuse to control their kids while dining. Toccoa Riverside Restaurant in Blue Ridge added the charge to the bottom of its menu along with three dollar signs, describing the hefty fee as being “for adults unable to parent.” The menu adds next to the charge, “No respect, no service.”
Some diners discovered this only after they ate.
In an online review, diner Kyle Landmann said that the owner of Toccoa Riverside approached him after the family’s meal was done and told him he was being charged for the way his kids were acting.
“The owner came out and told me he was adding $50 (£41) to my bill because of my children’s behavior,” he said in a review posted online.
“My kids watched a tablet until the food arrived, ate their food and my wife took them outside while I waited and paid the bill.”
His wife, Lyndsey Landmann, was in shock, telling TODAY, “I remember thinking, ‘No way is this real.’”
She said that the couple’s kids were shockingly well-behaved throughout, so much so that she remembered saying as much to her husband.
However, that didn’t stop the owner from coming over and pointing out the surcharge on the menu.
“At first I thought he was gonna compliment us and be like, ‘You won’t be charged because your kids were so well-behaved.’” Instead, the owner said the kids were “being too loud” and “running around outside.”
Families are urging one another to stay away from Toccoa Riverside Restaurant due to the unfair policy.
Danielle Hampy, who’s been to the establishment on several occasions, warned parents to “absolutely avoid this place at all costs.”
“Holy moly – the most disrespectful owner made a huge scene in front of the entire restaurant because our children were ‘running through the restaurant’ – they were down by the river … we were told we need to ‘go to Burger King and Walmart’ and that we were bad parents,” she recalled of her experience there.
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Not everyone is against the idea, however.
Those who are child-free know all too well how unruly kids can ruin your dining experience, and they think Toccoa Riverside is doing the right thing.
“I’ve been out to eat more than once where parents were literally letting their kids wild. Not sure if this is the answer, but something definitely should be done about such parents,” one person wrote on Reddit.
Another said, “Good, more places need something like this. Parents who bring their kids into a restaurant … letting them do whatever they want is annoying as hell.”