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01/04/2008 02:18 PM ID: 67469 Permalink   

UK Pub Chain Introduces Drink Limit for Parents


The J.D. Wetherspoons pub chain has introduced a limit on the number of drinks parents can buy when taking their children to the pub. The 2-drink limit has been introduced to prevent children from becoming bored and disruptive.

A spokesman for the chain said, "We don't want a situation -- and nor do many of our other customers who don't have children -- where children are either sitting there or running around or maybe causing problems."

The new policy has been welcomed by customers and was said to have been successful so far.

Most Wetherspoons pubs are in town centres and don't have facilities to keep children occupied for long periods of time.

    WebReporter: TabbyCool Show Calling Card      
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  Whilst I think it's a good idea  
I don't see how it can really be enforced.

If a group of people go to the pub and take children with them, how can the bar staff monitor how many drinks each person is having, since the adults probably take it in turns to go to the bar anyway?

It's a good idea though, kids shouldn't be sat in the pub all day. Wetherspoons only let kids in until 5pm anyway, so that by the time it gets busy and a bit more rowdy, the kids aren't there.

On the other hand though, not all kids get bored and disruptive. I've seen people take their kids to the pub, have a meal together then have a few quiet drinks while the kids kept themselves occupied with colouring books, handheld games etc.
  by: TabbyCool     01/04/2008 02:22 PM     
  Its madness  
The lengths companies have to go to to get around saying "your causing trouble, leave."
  by: AnsweringQuestions     01/04/2008 02:23 PM     
Unfortunatly most parents take there kids to the pub and ignore them for 6 hours whilst they gets smashed on a saturday and sunday afternoon
  by: AnsweringQuestions     01/04/2008 02:26 PM     
I agree, it is madness.

Introducing the limit for the benefit of the kids is a good idea, even if they aren't disruptive, being sat in a pub with nothing to do can't be much fun.

But if the parents can't control their kids, then they should be asked to leave, regardless of how many drinks they've had or how long they've been there. They shouldn't punish all families because some parents are too stupid to provide their kids with entertainment, or because some parents are incapable of raising well-behaved children!
  by: TabbyCool     01/04/2008 02:30 PM     
  Children shouldn't be allowed in pubs  
Period! If you want to take your kids for something to eat then take them to a restaurant. Pubs are for adults to drink. Then again, I don't know anyone who goes in Whetherspoons, they truly are rubbish pubs.
  by: barryriley   01/04/2008 08:41 PM     
  I Like It  
Not because the kids get antzy, I dont like parents getting crapped with their kids and driving home with them.
Get a sitter if you want to party.
  by: ichi     01/04/2008 10:30 PM     
Agreed. A pub is no place for kids to be in. Ban kids from pubs alltogether.
  by: GarouNova   01/07/2008 03:10 AM     
  I think banning kids from pubs altogether  
would be a bit harsh.

Not all parents take their kids to the pub, get smashed, then drive home!

When I was a kid, we never went in pubs in town, but we used to go camping a lot in the Yorkshire Dales and we would go to the local pub at night. We would have a meal and the adults would have a few pints while my brother and I had soft drinks. The pub had a lot of board games, playing cards etc. so we were never bored. Also, believe it or not, we were treat like normal human beings and were allowed to join in the conversation, unlike some parents who take their kids to the pub then ignore them whilst they chat to their friends or whatever.

The locals liked us, we went to the same pub every time we went camping, they were always very welcoming. We were never the kind of kids who ran around being disruptive, we were brought up properly and knew how to behave like normal human beings rather than attention-starved lunatics!

I think that most city-centre bars are unsuitable places for children, but a lot of pubs in residential areas or more rural areas are fine so long as the parents act responsibly and the kids know how to behave (and have something to keep themselves occupied).

Oh... something kind of unrelated, but the pub we used to go to, there was a local guy who went there with his chicken! He would take his chicken to the pub and sit it on the counter while he had a pint, it was quite amusing! Most of the patrons were farmers, but this guy was really eccentric!
  by: TabbyCool     01/07/2008 02:02 PM     
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