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If you're hoping for a quiet, civilized meal out, here's a piece of advice: Don't head to a mall food court. Well, unless it's at the Dee Why Grand Shopping Centre in Sydney, Australia.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the mall is fed up with loud kids and has posted a sign reading, "Stop. Parents please be considerate of other customers using the food court. Screaming children will not be tolerated in the centre."
"People deserve the quiet enjoyment of their cup of tea," Brenda Mulcahy, the mall manager, says, according to the Australian newspaper. "Mothers have to be more responsible. We have had so many complaints."
This isn't the first time kids have been banned. Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia both enacted "kid-free" zones last year, and at least one set of parents offered candy and earplugs to fellow passengers at the start of the trip because they worried their young twins would cause too much commotion. (They didn't.)
It's certainly a topic folks feel strongly about. Yahoo's Broken News Daily has received more than 2,000 comments concerning the Australian mall, alone. But while there are some who feel this kind of ban violates the rights of children, most commenters give the shopping center kudos.
"When I was a child, I was not allowed to misbehave or there would be consequences," one person wrote. "Now, it's expected that everyone must tolerate screaming brats. I'm glad places are banning ill-behaved kids."
"Kudos to the restaurant and all other places who put limits on noise," another wrote. "Bratty kids are now an epidemic."
"Best news I have heard in months," wrote yet another.
We get how annoying it can be to hear a child screaming while you're trying to eat your Cinnabon. But, as parents, we also know how it feels to be the mom of the screaming child when all you want is a snack and a chance to sit down. (Never mind that most of the time, a snack can stop your kid from melting down.)
So, we're going to have to go ahead and agree with Yahoo on this one, which wisely (and hilariously) notes: "I'm sure the screaming children will stop and read the sign, and cease their screaming, said no one ever."