Just read Moses’ Last Word/First Word about the noise in eating establishments [“Silence Is Golden,” June]. I’ll be looking for places with the ANPL sign! I went to dinner today with four friends and couldn’t hear the man seated at the end of our table. We’d just been to a movie, so this was our opportunity to catch up with each other and discuss the movie. The restaurant not only made this a challenge but left my ears ringing for hours afterward.
Recent studies show that people order more food when they are in a loud environment, but I really feel for the hearing health of the staff who have to spend eight hours in these environments – they’re going to be hearing impaired before their time! — Cynthia MacDougall, Barrie, Ont.