Wednesday, April 04, 2007

No Smokes, No Trans Fats, No KIDS?

Sure, why not? The owner of the A Taste of Heaven cafe in Chicago, pushed over the edge by the awful, parent-observed behavior of some children in his business, posted a sign announcing "Children of all ages have to behave and use their indoor voices when coming to A Taste of Heaven."

The reaction?
Instant outrage, of course. It's offensive to parents, it's upsetting, makes them feel bad, blah, blah, blah.

The next question will be, if the city has the right to force restaurant owners to ban cigarettes, don't they have the right to force them to allow children?

Me, I'd just ban kids from my cafe altogether. My restaurant would be packed with people every night--mostly parents who left their kids with sitters and don't want to have to put up with a stranger's ill-behaved brats while enjoying a meal.

But the nanny-staters will never allow that. No, they will almost certainly declare a ban on kids "discrimination." Unlike, say, banning smokers.