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Coffee Shop Owner Bans Kids From His Place, And Some People Are Seriously Angry
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Coffee Shop Owner Bans Kids From His Place, And Some People Are Seriously Angry

Bob Higginson, the owner of a small cafe on the English Riviera, is brewing up a lot more than fresh coffee these days. His decision to ban children under 12 from entering his establishment, but allow dogs, has sparked a boiling hot controversy in his community and online – but he’s standing by it anyway.

The Chart Room, Higginson’s vintage steamship travel-themed lounge, is located in the quaint fishing town of Brixham, Devon County. A sign on the door politely requests that patrons with children under the age of 12 find somewhere else to drink their coffee. It may sound harsh, but Higginson, who recently appeared on daytime TV program This Morning, has an arguably reasonable explanation for it. “Primarily we wanted to create a nice, relaxed atmosphere for our client base,” he stated. “There are nice and expensive artifacts around… And we’ve had things broken by children in the past.” According to local legislation, he’s within his rights to do so.

Reactions to the restrictive policy have ranged from encouragement to outright offense. One local resident, Wendy Moore, has even called for a boycott of the cafe, which she deems “discriminatory.” Others, however, don’t seem to mind the idea of a little escape from the chaos that often follows with young children. Scroll down to read more, and add your view at the end.

This is Bob Higginson, the owner of a small coffee shop in Brixham, Engand, that bans entry for kids under 12

Speaking on TV, he explained that the policy is meant to provide “peace and quiet” and prevent broken valuables

One Imgur user openly endorsed Higginson’s actions, which have since sparked a heated Internet debate

Many readers, who also liked the idea of a chaos-free environment, were inclined to agree

Others, however, responded less kindly the restrictions, and have even rallied for boycotting

What do you think? Is this agreeable or unacceptable? Tell us below!

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Fordessa
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4 years ago

I would be his loyal customer if I lived there! Sure all kids aren't noisy and bratty, but I've had my share of meals being ruined by an unruly child that wants to run around, bang about cutlery, and scream and shout while the parents don't give two cares. Besides, it's only one cafe among thousands that are child-friendly. I don't see what's all the fuss about boycotting. I'd welcome this place with open arms! x)

Scott White
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4 years ago

@SomeGuy Not all Convicted murderers are guilty either, but when creating a policy it's best to stick with it and not make exceptions.

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Aubrie Allen
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4 years ago

I love this! I choose not to have kids, so it's nice to go somewhere and not have my dining experience ruined by kids. If you have kids, just go somewhere else, to one of the other million establishments that allow kids. Simple as that!

Puddles
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4 years ago

SomeGuy, I agree with you on this. I was an army brat, and my parents were constantly laying down the law about Daddy being responsible for everything I did, so I get your point. The problem though is that society has gotten lazy and allowed self-discipline to lapse. And until it gets its act together, the very thought of unruly kids are a fact of life. Sane thinking people want peace and quiet and will flock to a business like the one above, because the very possibility of peace and quiet means a great deal to them,.....myself included.

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E Kko
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4 years ago

There are like 3 coffee shops per block and Kids under 12 shouldn't be drinking coffee anyway lol

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Fordessa
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4 years ago

I would be his loyal customer if I lived there! Sure all kids aren't noisy and bratty, but I've had my share of meals being ruined by an unruly child that wants to run around, bang about cutlery, and scream and shout while the parents don't give two cares. Besides, it's only one cafe among thousands that are child-friendly. I don't see what's all the fuss about boycotting. I'd welcome this place with open arms! x)

Scott White
Community Member
4 years ago

@SomeGuy Not all Convicted murderers are guilty either, but when creating a policy it's best to stick with it and not make exceptions.

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Aubrie Allen
Community Member
4 years ago

I love this! I choose not to have kids, so it's nice to go somewhere and not have my dining experience ruined by kids. If you have kids, just go somewhere else, to one of the other million establishments that allow kids. Simple as that!

Puddles
Community Member
4 years ago

SomeGuy, I agree with you on this. I was an army brat, and my parents were constantly laying down the law about Daddy being responsible for everything I did, so I get your point. The problem though is that society has gotten lazy and allowed self-discipline to lapse. And until it gets its act together, the very thought of unruly kids are a fact of life. Sane thinking people want peace and quiet and will flock to a business like the one above, because the very possibility of peace and quiet means a great deal to them,.....myself included.

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E Kko
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4 years ago

There are like 3 coffee shops per block and Kids under 12 shouldn't be drinking coffee anyway lol

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