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No strollers no high chairs’: California restaurant causes controversy by banning distracting ‘children crying’

A Californian restaurant has banned crying children from its dining room saying they distract other diners.

The Old Fisherman's Grotto on Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey has installed signs saying children making loud noises are a distraction to other customers.

It adds that children making noise or crying will not be allowed in its dining room.

 
 

The restaurant's policy, which is also outlined on its website, has caused controversy among parents on the wharf who say that the signs are offensive.

It is thought the restaurant put up two of the signs two years ago and have only recently added a third.

 

It states that strollers, high chairs and booster seats will not be permitted in the restaurant.

It then says: 'Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners, and as such are not allowed in the dining room.'

One customer, Niki Rieve told KSBW that she was turned away from the restaurant because they would not provide her with a high chair for her six-month-old daughter.

She said: 'Usually they cater, at least have a high chair for the child, but it seemed like they didn't want any child. They said the child can't make any noises so they turned us away.'

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