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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.

‘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!

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  1. The owner has every right to say who may use her cafe. If children are well behaved, fair enough, but why should she have to provide play areas etc? My children used to be taken to nice restaurants by their grandmother and knew from an early age not to leave the table until they were told, not to talk loudly and to eat politely.

  2. I fully agree with the owner, I am 84 so do not wish to sit down for a coffee?tea with bad behaved kids, I have grandchildren and also great-grandchildren, and there are times and places where they can play and make lots of noise. You see them every day at the shops running around screaming and the parents (mainly the mother who is with them) are oblivious. I cant see anything wrong with making them sit to the table and behaving themselves quietly and, yes I do think the parents are at fault. So good for you Jodie, it is your cafe so yours to protect and make a pleasant place for your patrons just wish more owners would do the same.

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