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Parents are divided over restaurant's 'no noise' policy

A restaurant in Gloucester has found itself under fire recently, unwittingly becoming central to an age old parenting debate- should noisy kids be allowed in restaurants? 

The staff of Nepalese Chef have been called out for handing patrons laminated cards, asking their children to behave while on the premises. 

"Polite Notice," the note 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 the other diners. 

"In order to look after both our staff and customers, we reserve th right to refuse service."

One father, Sandeep Amin, told The Mirror that he was attending the restaurant with his seven-year-old daughter was "shocked" and "horrified" by the note. 

"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."

According to Amin, the waiter continually appeared to 'slam' the note in front of him during service. Eventually, his wife suggested that they leave. 

"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." 

Despite loving the restaurant's menu, Amin was completely turned off by the "strict" rule. 

Restaurant owner Kashi Sharma stands by his policy, saying that most customers are "absolutely fine" with it. He continued to say that he and his staff have encountered "issues" with misbehaving children 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 said. "Children are always welcome in the restaurant and we even give them lollipops."

What do you think mums? Should there be a certain expectation that young children behave themselves in restaurants? Or is it excluding their youngest patrons? 

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