‘I was given brush and dust­pan and asked to sweep up my baby’s mess’

Bangor Mail - - NEWS - Ly­dia Mor­ris

AMUM out for lunch with her baby daugh­ter was shocked to be handed a dust pan and brush by staff and asked to clean up af­ter the tot while they were still eat­ing their meal.

Alex Parry and her daugh­ter Olivia were out with her friend Danielle Feather and her son Os­car, at the An­te­lope pub when the em­bar­rass­ing in­ci­dent hap­pened.

The 22-year-old, who said she reg­u­larly vis­its the pub with her daugh­ter, said it was the first time she’d or­dered a meal for the child, who had only just started eat­ing solids.

Af­ter apol­o­gis­ing to one of the wait­resses for the mess Olivia had caused, Ms Parry said she was told it wasn’t a prob­lem and not to worry.

But she claims that mo­ments later the man­ager came over with a dust­pan and brush while she was still mid-meal, and asked her to clean up af­ter her daugh­ter.

Mitchell & But­ler, which runs the pub by the Me­nai Bridge, said no of­fence was meant and that the group had of­fered to clean up the mess.

Ms Parry de­nied the claim she had of­fered to clean up, but said she would have done any­way at the end of the meal.

Miss Parry said she had been made to feel un­com­fort­able by the ap­proach, be­fore the meal was even fin­ished.

She said: “Olivia had spilt a lit­tle bit on the floor – as ba­bies do, so when the wait­ress came over, I apol­o­gised for the mess and she said it was fine and there was no need to worry about it.

“But when the man­ager came over to serve food to an­other ta­ble, I could see him look­ing at the floor by our ta­ble and said he would get a dust­pan and brush for me to clean it up.

“At first, I thought he was jok­ing but he came over while I was still eat­ing and put it on the ta­ble next to us, which I thought was really un­hy­gienic and un­nec­es­sary.

“Of course I would have cleaned it up my­self, but af­ter we had fin­ished eat­ing, not mid way through our meal.

“It wasn’t even that bad. It made me feel ex­tremely un­com­fort­able, and it was as if they didn’t want us there.

“It didn’t feel very child friendly at all.”

Mitchell & But­ler said the firm ap­pre­ci­ated chil­dren can make a mess and didn’t mean to cause any of­fence. A spokesman added: “Dur­ing a re­cent visit the group of­fered to clear up the mess and there­fore were pro­vided with a dust­pan and brush, placed be­hind where they were din­ing, to help with this.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate chil­dren do make mess when eat­ing and at no point did we in­tend to cause any of­fence to the group.

“We take pride in our busi­ness and ob­vi­ously have to con­sider the needs of all our guests.

“We had feed­back at the time and af­ter­wards on so­cial me­dia from other guests din­ing about the vol­ume of mess on the floor.”

Alex Parry was handed a dust­pan and brush by the man­ager of the An­te­lope pub in Ban­gor to clean up the food her baby had dropped on the floor

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