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Back in July, there was some controversy a McDain’s Restaurant and Golf Center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania got national attention when its owner, Mike Vuick, decided to ban all children under age six from eating in the restaurant.

In an email to his customers from ABC 4 – Pittsburgh he wrote, quote, “We feel that McDain’s is not a place for young children. Their volume can’t be controlled and many, many times, they have disturbed other customers.”

And yes, that’s legal. Restaurants can’t ban people of different races or handicaps, because that’s illegal, but the law doesn’t protect children. So it’s totally within the restaurant’s right to refuse them service.

And now, four months after McDain’s started the ban, the local media checked in with them to see how things were doing.

And it turns out business is booming.

Vuick says that he’s seen a massive 20% increase in business ever since he banned children. He also says he’s gotten a lot of feedback on the policy but it’s been 20-to-one in favor of the ban. “People came from as far away as Detroit, Columbus, D.C. to congratulate me on the move.”  

What do you think? Would a restaurant that banned children be appealing to you?

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