Arby’s Apologizes For “Insensitive” Sign About Misbehaving Children

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A fast food restaurant says children who can’t behave will be kicked out, re-sparking a hot button debate: do kids belong in restaurants? Arby’s is apologizing, after one of its restaurant in Minnesota posted a sign on the door saying only well-behaved kids are welcome. The sign reads, “Only well behaved children who can keep their food on their trays and their bottoms on their seats are welcome. If you can’t do this you will be asked to leave.”

A mom of five saw the sign, shared it on her Facebook page, and voila, the debate over whether kids belong in restaurants has been re-sparked.

Minnesota resident Christine Hemsworth says, “I was like ‘oh gosh, I got a two-year-old with me. And he doesn’t always keep his fries on the tray, or his bottom on the seat. He sometimes stands up,’ so, I was kinda thinking about it for a minute and then we went up and ordered.” She continues, “Usually restaurants are eager to get families into eat. And I wouldn’t think they would discourage families from bringing their children in.”

Arby’s sent a statement to the TV station in Minnesota covering this story. They say: “We recognize the language on this sign was insensitive. We removed it quickly, and have disciplined the manager and team working at the restaurant. It does not reflect our company values and the family-friendly environment we aim to provide in all of our restaurants.”

Our question of the night: do kids belong in restaurants?

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