Chick-Fil-A Location Bans Unaccompanied Kids Due To ‘Unacceptable Behaviors’

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Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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A Chick-fil-A in Pennsylvania banned unaccompanied children under the age of 16 in February, citing concerns over their behavior.

The Royersford, Pennsylvania, location shared the update to their policy Feb. 22 via its Facebook page, noting that they “contemplated long and hard before posting” the information. The authors of the post described how parents would seemingly abandon their children for hours at the restaurant, which is home to a bounce park. These children then wander around the restaurant after they’re done playing.

As a result, the children are loud and “their conversation often contains a lot of explicit language,” the post noted. Chick-fil-A is a family-friendly restaurant and will not tolerate this type of language.

“Food and trash are often thrown around and left on the tables, chairs, and on the floor. Tables and restrooms are vandalized. Decorations are stolen,” the post continued. The unaccompanied children are also disrespectful to staff, ignoring them when they’re asked to change behavior or leave. The children are also unsafe, and walk through the parking lot and drive thru lanes, the post continued.

All of these “unacceptable behaviors” have resulted in the ban.

“As you can imagine, this is not a pleasant experience. We want to provide a comfortable and safe environment for our guests and our staff, and also to protect our building. Therefore, we cannot allow this to continue,” the authors stressed. “As a result, to dine in our restaurant, anyone under the age of 16 is required to be accompanied by an adult. If not accompanied by an adult, they may come in to purchase food, but must take it to go.”

For some reason, Chick-fil-A decided not to blame the parents of these unruly, clearly undisciplined children. Who else are they supposed to learn appropriate behaviors from other than their parents and the adults in their lives? (RELATED: Dear, Kay: My Kid Came Home Insisting On The Pronoun ‘Zhir.’ What Should I Do?)

It’s absolutely the parent’s fault. This is especially true as these same parents literally abandon their children at a fast food restaurant on weekends. Who does that?! It blows my mind that the police have not been called about this massive child endangerment situation.