A popular Italian restaurant in New Jersey made a decision about children that’s proving unpopular with many.

Nettie’s Home of Spaghetti in Tinton Falls decided to not allow kids under 10 any longer. They cited their reasons for the new policy in a post on their Facebook page.

Between noise levels, lack of space for high chairs, cleaning up crazy messes, and the liability of kids running around the restaurant, we have decided that it’s time to take control of the situation.

Nettie’s will begin the new policy when they reopen after the winter season on March 8. Some customers are lauding the decision while others are either saying it’s a shame or outright vilifying the place.

But here’s the bottom line. It’s not your business. They didn’t set out years ago with this exclusionary policy.

Notice two of the things mentioned are noise and children running around the restaurant? That’s not only dangerous, that’s the direct result of bad parents who treat another person’s business like it’s a daycare for their kids.

If you have well-behaved kids who will miss out don’t blame Nettie’s. Blame the bad parents who ruined it for you.

I’ve seen horror shows like this in restaurants. Kids as young as 3 allowed to run wild in restaurants with parents not even keeping an eye on whether they walk out of the place when a door opens. Little kids almost trampling servers carrying heavy trays of hot food. Children playing unsupervised by kitchen doors about to swing open.

It’s pathetic.

So blame lazy parents not the hard-working folks at Nettie’s. It’s their private business and they should be allowed to run it as they see fit.

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