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The 10 Most Controversial Restaurant Policies

Posted: 10/18/11 09:52 AM ET



Restaurants have plenty of highly debated policies -- telling customers how they can order, who they're allowed to bring, how they can pay and even how long they're allowed to hang out. You can't even loiter in a Starbucks anymore (unless you want the po-po involved). We decided to take a look at both sides of some of the most controversial restaurant policies out there -- let us know where you stand on each one!

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On the one hand: "Screaming baby" isn't everyone's favorite dining soundtrack, so in order to minimize complaints, some restaurants insist parents leave their kids at home with the sitter. While it's primarily a noise issue, it's also a safety issue. Kids are prone to run around restaurants and may get hurt in high-traffic areas where service staff are passing by quickly.

On the other: How could they?! Dining out for many people is a family experience, and for some busy parents it's often the only time they get to spend with their children; therefore, it's absolutely outrageous to ban children from restaurants.

Which side are you on? Let us know in the comments.

Also see: Should Kids Be Banned from NYC Restaurants?
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