A curry house in Gloucester has left some family diners flabbergasted by handing out “polite” laminated notices telling them to keep their children quiet so as not to disturb other customers.
Nepalese Chef has issued the written warnings to several people, including one man who was eating with his seven-year-old daughter at the time and has said the notice left him “horrified”.
Sandeep Amin had visited the restaurant with his family to celebrate his birthday and was “shocked” after a member of staff presented him with the incriminating notice.
“Once we got seated within two minutes our waiter turned up with this white laminated sheet on which it was written people with children should ask their children to be quiet and not disturb other guests,” he said.
“I was shocked as my daughter is seven years old and is in year two. She has no habit of creating chaos anywhere in public places.”
He added that the incident “greatly offended” him, explaining that the waiter kept slamming the notice down in front of him.
“I felt so embarrassed so I decided that it was going to be a bad birthday celebration and suggested to my wife that we would be better off leaving such a rude place and going to the Hilltop Nepalese restaurant in Worcester street instead.”
Amin explained that he found the incident particularly unfortunate as he’d previously been a huge fan of the restaurant's food.
He went on to explain that he’d never encountered such strict rules at a restaurant.
The offending notice reads: “We request any customers dining in with young children to keep noise at a reasonable level and to not let children run around the restaurant.
“It is dangerous as our staff are often walking around with hot food. Additionally, it is inconsiderate to other diners.
“In order to look after both our staff and customers, we reserve the right to refuse service. Thank you.”
The restaurant’s owner, Kashi Sharma, stands by his policy, explaining that the notice was employed after the encountered “a few issues in the past”.
“We decided to hand it to anyone that turns up with young children to remind them that they have to be seated and children should not run in the restaurant due to hot food.”
He added that the sign is given to any customer with young kids and claims that most people are “absolutely fine with it” because it pertains to their expectations of what the dining experience should be like.
Sharma insisted that they do not distribute the notice with rude intentions.
“When Sandeep and his family were given the notice with the menu they said it was rude and walked out. We said sorry and this a polite rule we give to everyone,” he explained.
“Children are always welcome in the restaurant and we even give them lollipops.”
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