Newcastle cafe causes hot debate on social media

What would you do if your local cafe told you that you couldn’t bring along your grandchild again? What would you do?

A coffee shop in Newcastle has come under fire today for posting a status on Facebook that said this:


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Some have actually praised The Little French Cafe for taking a stand against children in their shop, but what do you think about it? Do children really impact on your time or others in a cafe?

Does this owner have a right to choose who they have in their cafe or is it too over the top?

In response to the mixed responses, the operator Jodie Morris said, “I built the cafe myself. It has my blood sweat and plenty of tears in it. It is beautifully decorated, old fireplaces, French furniture, and we use fine old china etc.

“I have been subjected to children emptying salt and pepper shakers into my fireplaces, parents changing nappies on my lounges, kids grinding their own food into my carpet, parents sitting babies in nappies in the middle of dining tables, kids running around the cafe like it’s a formula 1 track, jumping on the furniture, screaming – just for fun – not pain, and encouraged by their parents, upsetting the rest of the customers and I’d really just had enough.

“And yes, I am a mother. A single mother at that. Instead of being a “burden” on society, I scrimped every last penny and put it into this cafe, and I’m very proud of it. When I have to stand there and watch people disrespect and damage MY belongings and property, it breaks a piece of my heart every time.

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‘Some will agree with my stance, some will not, but it’s my stance for my business”. Is this fair enough?


We want to know your thoughts about this hot debate today. Would you welcome a child friendly cafe? Is this mean or understandable? Tell us below!