Coastal Restaurant: Parents Must Remove Screaming Kids

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (AP) -- The owner of a coastal North Carolina restaurant is fed up with screaming children who bother other diners.

So Brenda Armes has posted signs at Olde Salty restaurant in Carolina Beach that read "screaming children will not be tolerated." She told WECT-TV in Wilmington that the signs have worked by attracting more customers than they turn away.

Customer Gary Gibson agrees, saying he likes the signs because a meal isn't enjoyable when kids are screaming.

But a mother of two, Ashley Heflin, says parents can't help it if their children scream.

If a child is screaming, Armes says a restaurant employee will ask the parent to take them outside. They won't be asked to leave the restaurant for good.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Lee on Oct 9, 2010 at 04:54 PM
    Great idea. Parents need to instill in children the proper way to behave - this is called parenting. By the way, children should not be screaming in libraries, either - it is just as disturbing there. And people need to get off the cell phones. THe whole world doesn't want to hear your conversation.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Oct 5, 2010 at 11:03 PM
    "Mom of 3" (Your name isn't "To Audra", after all): I don't see anything there that is contradictory to my points, and yet you sound like you're yelling at me. I'm glad you work with your son. Cool. Woohoo. That's what a parent does. I also don't recall saying anything about either therapy or feeling sorry for anyone. You must be talking to someone else. The one part where you're missing it though is that this thread isn't about special needs children, it's about someone's source of income and their right to run it the way they need to. Special needs or not, on THAT note, if a child acts out **and doesn't settle down** then it's time to remove them from the environment until they are calm. That isn't difficult or an unreasonable expectation and I see intelligent people everywhere do just that, quite often. We all just wish there were more of those intelligent people. This is not a platform for disability rights. There are forums for that topic.
  • by Spare the rod Location: Pinetown on Sep 29, 2010 at 09:58 AM
    To anonymous Sept 16 you are or think your perfect in all your ways so I doubt if you attend church at all nor listen to any preaching other than your own mouth and as well as you other people do think and have the right to eat in peace in a restaurant. If they wanted to eat in a loud screaming area they would go to your house or a ball game.
  • by Shocker?? on Sep 20, 2010 at 05:51 PM
    Are WELL Behaved/Respectful/Considerate children too much to ask for??? I have 3 Kids. I get nothing but complements on their behavior. People are actually shocked when they act with respect in public??? What is wrong with this picture. We should be shocked when a child acts without good control. Parents are lacking, not children.
  • by Blah Blah Blah on Sep 19, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    Bible belt nonsense
  • by Annoymous Location: Williamseun on Sep 18, 2010 at 05:09 PM
    I don't normally address issues, but children are a gift from God---I have three and I came from a family of 10 children.Of course we didn't ever dine out when we were small. When I became a parent I realized I loved my children so much that I wanted everyone else to love them as well. In order for that to happen I knew that right up bring must occur! We must be loveable if we want others to care for us. So it is not the children's fault often times, but how we raise them and what they are allowed to do.
  • by Phillip on Sep 18, 2010 at 05:00 PM
    They need to turn the X smoking sections into my children sections.
  • by bethy Location: eastern NC on Sep 18, 2010 at 11:31 AM
    If you have a child that starts to scream ANYWHERE where quiet should prevail, take him/her outside until he/she calms down! If the child won't calm down, leave or stay outside in the car until the others in your party finish. I HAVE done this with mine when they misbehaved. Yes, it is a hassle, but nobody said parenting was easy. To all the parents of children with disabilities: My child and my grandchild both have severe disabilities, but it never was used as an excuse for ANYTHING. The results were kids who grew up mentally well balanced who feel they are a worthwhile member of the human race.
  • by TO AUDRA Location: NC on Sep 18, 2010 at 10:30 AM
    Let me tell you something...I spend hours a day in helping my son function as normally as possible. I work with him on a daily basis encouraging, supporting, loving,and teaching him manners. He is an awsome child and anyone who comes in contact with him instantly falls in love with him. He is kind, generous, loving, and has very good manners both publicly and at home. So you are right it is hard work, but he is worth it to me. Everything begins at home, therapy doesnt teach that. I continue to be involved in therapy (3 x a week) even after 4 yrs. So, I am not some mom that says hey he can get therapy and that is enough and want people to feel sorry for him. I just want people to understand even though a child acts like they are uncontrolable, it may be that, that is the only way of expressing themselves when they can not get the words out. So as you can see I do spend a considerable amt of time teaching my child and will continue!!!!!!!! MOM of 3
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Sep 18, 2010 at 09:29 AM
    Well Anon, I'm relatively certain that an establishment bold enough to do what these people have done might just say something to a loud patron if you bothered to ask them. Did you know that at the very least you can request to be moved to a table away from someone being too loud? The server can usually tell with just a look that you want a quieter spot. I've done that a few times myself. The great part about that is, it makes a point when they see you moving to the other side of the restaurant, and in some cases they actually realize the problem and decide to quiet down. People are too friggin scared to ask for what they need, I swear.
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