A restaurant owner in Washington has stirred up a controversy about how much mess kids can leave at a table or under a table and what the best way is to deal with it is. Here’s the story.
“One of the women — Kellea Poore, who had her 1-year-old and 3-year-old children with her — said they had been inside for a short while and the kids were eating scones when the owner approached the table and pointed out crumbs on the floor.
“The woman came up and she basically told us there was going to be a worker coming over and she was going to vacuum up the mess and that they had just spent $50 cleaning the carpets and she didn’t appreciate us making such a mess, and that next time if we decided to come in, not to bring our kids,” Poore told NBC affiliate KING 5 News.
“She left quickly afterwards, but later discovered the restaurant had posted a photo of the crumbs on its Facebook page, with the comment: “Like to take a moment to thank our customers with small children whose kids don’t make a mess. A couple of ladies came in today and this is the mess their children made,” the station reported.”
According to reports the owner later removed the photo and apologized.
Are crumbs the cost of doing business? Do you clean up after yourself when you do leave a mess on the table? Should you have to clean up the floor too?
How much of a mess is a reasonable amount for families to leave behind at a restaurant table or under a restaurant table? How should restaurant owners handle it if they think the mess it too big?
Should owners turn to social media to scold their diners? Is it fair game if the people aren’t identified in image or name?