Don’t like having to put up with little brats? Kate has the cafe for you!

Kate Hawkesby gets herself in a knot over a cafe not allowing kids. quote.

Quote:I’m not sure what’s going on in Nelson at the moment, but if you’re a M?ori Santa, or a child, it must be pretty rough right now.

M?ori Santas are not welcome, and neither – in at least one cafe – are kids.

Abbey Road Burgers, Bar & Cafe has had a ban on kids in place for two months. It’s been a huge success, the owner says.

[…]So no one under 12 is welcome at his cafe. Controversial? Yes.

But has it worked? He says yes.

No longer does he have to put up with useless parents letting their kids roam free and wreaking havoc all over his premises, breaking glasses, damaging menus, and getting up to all sorts of other dastardly deeds.

So if our children are as uneducated as he says, and if they don’t know how to behave at a cafe, then how will they ever learn if they’re not allowed in one?

Does banning them help educate them? I doubt it.End of quote.

Of course, it does. quote.

Quote:He makes a fair point that sitting down to meal times with your kids is a good start. Teaching them to behave at home would be an obvious first step to teaching appropriate cafe behaviour. But is banning them not demonising all kids, thanks to probably a handful of badly behaved ones?End of quote.

If it was just a handful of kids he wouldn’t need to have a complete ban, now would he? quote.

Quote:Likewise, is having a M?ori Santa the end of the world and reason for vitriolic debate and abuse?

If you are that offended by a M?ori Santa, then maybe you need to address why it upsets you so much. It was an attempt at multi-culturalism, it backfired, no one died.End of quote.

People got upset because their kids were expecting Santa, as in a big fat white dude in a red robe, and what they got was what some old bro in a feather cloak. end quote.

Yet a grovelling apology from the local council ensued, with a promise to return to a white man in a red suit with a white beard next year.

So a big week for Nelson: you have your kid-free cafe and your non-M?ori Santa for next year’s parade to look forward to.End of quote.

Do I detect a hint of sarcasm there, Kate? quote.

Quote:Hopefully that’ll keep the locals happy.End of quote.