Disciplinary Surcharge Sparks Controversy at Georgia Restaurant

Imagine treating yourself to a relaxing evening at a charming riverside restaurant, only to have your experience disrupted by unruly children and oblivious parents. It’s a situation many of us can relate to. Well, the renowned Toccoa Riverside Restaurant in Georgia has taken a bold stand against inattentive parenting by implementing a disciplinary surcharge for “adults unable to parent.”

Nestled in the serene mountains and overlooking the beautiful Toccoa River, this eatery has decided to confront the issue head-on. By adding a warning at the bottom of their menu, they have made it clear that misbehaving children will not be tolerated. While the specific charge is not listed, it hovers around $50, according to reports from disgruntled patrons.

One guest recounts their unpleasant encounter, stating, “The owner came out and told me he was adding $50 to my bill because of my children’s behavior. My kids watched a tablet until the food arrived, ate their food, and my wife took them outside while I waited and paid the bill. Disappointed by the experience.” Others have shared similar stories, with one reviewer expressing their disbelief at the “disrespectful owner” who made a scene in front of the entire restaurant, labeling them as “bad parents.”

However, Tim Richter, the restaurant’s owner, has a different perspective. He explains that the surcharge was introduced a few years ago during the COVID-19 pandemic after a large family with nine children made a raucous visit. The children were allegedly “running all over the restaurant,” prompting Richter to issue a warning without charging them. His intention is clear – to encourage responsible parenting. “We want parents to be parents,” he asserts.

The imposition of this disciplinary surcharge has generated quite the buzz. Opinions among patrons are divided. Laura Spillman finds the idea outrageous, exclaiming, “That is crazy. For real? I don’t think you should do it because kids are cute.” On the contrary, Anne Cox believes that such a charge could serve as a reminder for parents to fulfill their responsibilities.

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