Leave the kids at home, or be prepared to suffer to the wrath of the masses if your child dares to speak, or worse, cries.
That may have been the logic behind a Houston seafood restaurant's decision to ban children under the age of eight from dining at the restaurant after 7 p.m.
La Fisheria, headed by Mexican reality television chef Aquiles Chavez, made the announcement earlier this week on its Facebook page after a supposed child-related disturbance led not only to complaints but the exodus of irritated patrons.
The response on the restaurant's Facebook page is mixed, ranging from celebratory praise to pleas for boycotting the restaurant, and undue parent shaming.
One woman, in rejoice said, "there's nothing more annoying than being out for dinner and drinks and have to listen to loud screaming unruly kids that don't know how to behave." This consensus was shared by many "non-breeders," who also seemed to believe that 7 p.m. is the universal bedtime for kiddies.
Yet La Fisheria is not the first to introduce such a policy. In fact children have become persona non grata in many social and public realms.
AirAsia X , a long-haul budget airline based in Malaysia, recently introduced child-free-zones – dubbed the "quiet zone" – to the delight, and ire, of many travellers. For an added fee, travellers can sit directly behind the premium seats and enjoy the atmospheric comfort that comes from knowing that the screaming babies are cordoned off to the back of the airbus.
Children, en masse, require patience and undivided attention, and perhaps that is too much to ask of strangers.
Now if only movie theatres would join in this trend …