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A Chick-fil-A location in Royersford, Pennsylvania (approximately 30 miles northwest of Philly) took a controversial stance by deciding to ban unaccompanied minors from the restaurant. The Chick-fil-A franchise made the announcement on Facebook, detailing the misbehavior of the minors.

“We contemplated long and hard before posting this, but decided it was time,” wrote the restaurant on February 22. “Often on Saturdays and days when schools are off, we have school-age children visiting the restaurant without their parents. Usually, these children and teens are dropped off for several hours at a local bounce park and groups of them then walk over to our restaurant. While we love being a community restaurant and serving guests of all ages, some issues need to be addressed.”

They went on to detail the offenses of the minors, including loud volume laced with profanity, mistreatment and destruction and theft of property, disrespect of employees and unsafe behavior including walking through the drive-thru lanes.

“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,” they said. The post concluded with the message that while the teenage years are about pushing boundaries, this Chick-fil-A “simply can’t let them push those boundaries anymore at our restaurant.”

The reaction to the post was mostly supportive.

“I witnessed a group of these kids a few weeks back on a Saturday while trying to grab lunch and I gotta say, I’m surprised it took you this long to say something,” wrote one person.
“Why aren’t you blaming the parents? It is absolutely a parenting problem,” wrote another commenter.
“Fully understandable for your restaurant to set limits,” wrote another person. “That poor behavior should not have to be tolerated by the restaurant, employees or other customers. I do unfortunately feel bad for the ones that do behave.”

Last month, a NJ restaurant made the decision to ban kids under age 10 from dining. The reaction to that was both supportive, with some parents saying they appreciate kid-free meals and critical with others noting that they can take their business elsewhere.

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