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Should Businesses Ban Children?

From hotels and airlines to restaurants, children seem to be getting locked out of everything. But is this "war on kids" justified, or should it be stopped?

After getting many complaints about kids, McDains Restaurant in Pennsylvania decided to ban kids under 6 years old. Now, they have found more patrons going to their restaurant than before.

Susan Avery says, “These little kids are unpredictable. I think it’s perfectly fine for restaurants to do this

.” In reference to teaching your kids good manners, she says, “I went to a restaurant with my daughter before it opened. I asked the restaurant if I could do that to teach my daughter manners. Like a half hour before it opened, we sat there and we got a whole lesson. But most parents aren’t doing their job in that way.”

Steve Traube, director of operations at Prime Hospitality Group, says, “I’ve actually brought my sons numerous times to the restaurants and they really look forward to it. They learned to deal with service, to deal with sitting at a formal table. Why should the restaurants that children are allowed to go to be the fast-food restaurants? Why can’t they go to a restaurant where high-quality food is available? It’s a totally different type of concept where they could learn to be big kids rather than little children.”

What do you think? Should children be banned from certain businesses?

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