Food for Thought…?

By Polly Stocks

Over the weekend the Mercury covered 2 very different cafes in Thirroul with 2 very different views on children…

One is child friendly with the business outlook of ‘‘…if we want to flourish, we can’t exclude anyone’’

The other, a long term establishment with the notion that children should be ‘‘seen and not heard (and seated)’’

A NSW Department of Fair Trading spokeswoman said there were no provisions under Australian consumer law for child unfriendly policies.

The spokeswoman noted establishments have the right to reasonably refuse service unless the action contravenes discrimination laws.

‘‘Upon entering premises a patron agrees to abide by the terms and conditions of that premises,’’ she said.

What is your view? Should establishment owners be able to (reasonably) refuse service to patrons with children or should establishment owners be able to dictate their clientele? Head over to our Facebook ( page to start your discussion.

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