Shopping Mall Bans Loud Kids, Causing Big Controversy
A shopping mall in Australia is getting some heat. They've decided to ban loud kids from the mall. They've even put up signs.
The sign was put up by management last week :
'Stop. Parents please be considerate of other customers using the food court. Screaming children will not be tolerated in the centre.'
Parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson said it was a reflection on society becoming increasingly intolerant of young children and parents.
"Anyone who has kids knows it's far more uncomfortable hearing your own child scream than hearing someone else's child scream," he said.
"When our own child is crying we do anything we can to help them. This is a sad indictment on the shopping centre."
Dr Coulson said rejecting young children who made noises or were distressed was wrong.
"There is a such a lack of empathy for parents - there is so much judgment around parents who are, for the most part, doing their best," he said.
Some are for it and others against it:
“Take these kids to a park and let them run around or better still, take them home and let them scream there.”
“Go home if you're kids are acting up,” Rebekah Isaacs said on the Herald Sun Facebook page. “Just because you can't control them, doesn't mean the rest of us want to hear it.”
“I have a 4 year old and while she is pretty well behaved when we go shopping she has had a few melt downs,” Carla Regan said on the Herald Sun Facebook page.
“So where would that leave single mums with no-one to babysit while they shop?” Melissa Budnik said.
“I would never, ever have been able to go shopping. I can' see any store trying to enforce this losing a LOT of customers. Its kids being kids find me one that doesn't play up when they have to go shopping.”
What if they did this here? Would you agree with the ban or not?