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North Carolina restaurant says 'no' to screaming kids

By Carolyn E. Price     Sep 9, 2010 in World
To take a page from Nike's script, "Just Say No" seems to be a positive for a Carolina Beach restaurant that won't tolerate screaming children in their establishment.
Brenda Armes decided she'd had it "up to here" with those screaming kids who manage to completely wreck everyone around them.
The owner of the Olde Salty restaurant, located in Carolina Beach, NC, had a sign made up that tells customers that "screaming children will not be tolerated" and discovered, much to her delight, that the signs have attracted more customers rather than offend and drive them away,
It has been a good thing for us. It has brought us in more customers than it has ever kept away.
Armes policy is not just to toss the offending family out. She says that the server will ask the parent to remove the child from restaurant and calm him or her down.
We want to attract the type of people that come in knowing they aren't going to have to sit behind a table with a bunch of screaming children.
The sign inside read: "Notice To All Children & Adults, Crying, Screaming, Whining Will Not Be Tolerated" and Armes has also posted signs in the windows.
A first time diner at the Olde Salty, Gary Gibson, saw the sign and agrees with the restaurants newly stated policy, because he feels "it's not very enjoyable when you hear a bunch of kids screaming" while trying to enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Ashley Heflin, a mother of two, begs to disagree, telling WECT news that parents "can't help it if your kids scream."
While being interviewed for the story, Armes confronted Heflin outside the restaurant and, as if on cue, Heflin's child started screaming (see video posted in upper right side of link to WECT6 website.)
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