Cafe apol­o­gises for no­tice about kids’ bad be­hav­iour

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The owner of a Bath cafe has apol­o­gised pro­fusely af­ter a staff mem­ber posted a no­tice telling peo­ple with un­ruly chil­dren to take their busi­ness else­where. Deb­bie Still, who re­cently opened the Wal­cot Cafe on Wal­cot Street, said she was hor­ri­fied when she found out about the ill-judged and unau­tho­rised ac­tions of one of her staff. Af­ter a group of in­ad­e­quately su­per­vised chil­dren took fruit from a bowl and threw it around the cafe, the staff mem­ber took mat­ters into their own hands, Mrs Still said. Keen to en­cour­age cus­tomers to be con­sid­er­ate of one an­other, the worker posted a no­tice in the cafe above Wal­cot House say­ing: “You are en­ter­ing a grown up zone.” The note went on to tell adults with chil­dren that if they weren’t able to con­trol their kids they should go to an­other cafe. Mrs Still said the no­tice was re­moved as soon she found about it on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 4. “It was only up for ten min­utes,” the 53-year-old said. “I was very up­set about it. “It shouldn’t have hap­pened. I’ve got three chil­dren so I un­der­stand what it’s like be­ing a mum.” Mrs Still said she un­der­stood the sen­ti­ment be­hind the staff mem­ber’s ac­tions but that the re­sponse was com­pletely in­ap­pro­pri­ate. The per­son re­spon­si­ble has been rep­ri­manded, she said. Mrs Still has is­sued an un­re­served apol­ogy and wants cus­tomers to know her cafe is not only child-friendly but dog-friendly. “We’ve cre­ated a nice, calm, re­ally lovely space that we want ev­ery­one to en­joy, and we want cus­tomers to be­have with con­sid­er­a­tion to­wards one an­other,” she said. It’s un­clear who, if any­one, was of­fended by the short-lived no­tice. An ea­gle-eyed res­i­dent shared a pho­to­graph of the er­rant staff mem­ber’s typed words on Twit­ter, but news of an “adult friendly” cafe was met with en­thu­si­asm rather than ire. @ji­mofthe­manor said “peo­ple are los­ing their ish about it” but @ Pop­py­cock­tails wanted to know which cafe it was so she could try it. Dave Dixon @vote­dave re­sponded: “It’ll be the one that all the adults in need of peace and quiet are flock­ing to.” The Bath res­i­dent iden­ti­fied the cafe in a later tweet and gave it the thumbs-up, say­ing: “It’s the new cafe above @Wal­cot­house­bath, I can highly rec­om­mend it. Food, drink and Wifi all awe­some!” Bath mum @Emi­ly­lau­ravass said: “I have kids and not at all in­sulted. Sounds like heaven.” And @Kirsten­tel­liott ap­plauded the no­tice, say­ing: “Great ad­vert for them. A cafe with no badly be­haved kids. Hooray! We went to a restau­rant in St Davids that said we couldn’t bring the dog, but she’s much bet­ter be­haved than the hor­ren­dous kids they did al­low in.” @Jonesy­blog made the com­ment that: “There is no such thing as badly be­haved kids, just bad par­ents.” Wal­cot Cafe opened on Satur­day, Septem­ber 29.

Pic­ture: Ar­tur Les­niak

The newly-opened Wal­cot Cafe is both child and dog friendly

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