Shopping Mall Bans Noisy Children
The Dee Why Grand, a shopping center in Sydney, Australia has banned noisy children from the premises after food court patrons complained of the noise of the rambunctious children. Of course, it could have had something to do with the close proximity of the play area in the mall to the food court. How else are moms supposed to arrange play dates at the mall?
My opinion is this; if you don’t want noisy kids in your mall then don’t put a play area in it. If you don’t want your food court patrons to be annoyed by overtired, hungry toddlers who are throwing tantrums because they want to go home but their mommies are engaged in a much needed round of conversation with the first adult they’ve seen in two years, then don’t put the play area near the food court.
I assume that the developers put the play area in the mall to bring the mothers in to spend money. They put the play area by the food court hoping that the play dates would run over and the moms would stay for lunch and maybe some shopping. They didn’t, however, anticipate the volume and annoying pitch with which a toddler who is overtired and in desperate need of a nap can usurp all adults within a 5 mile radius’ will to live, especially any one who has not given birth to him and even then, it is iffy.
The real kicker is that the Dee Why Grand shopping center claims to cater to young families. Apparently, that is not the case but more of a marketing ploy or perhaps, the Dee Why Grand is under new management? Did I mention that the play area is specifically for children under the age of five?
If they didn’t want children running amok and losing their ever-loving minds in public then maybe they should have thought through their marketing strategy a little better. You can’t sell to young families if you don’t allow young families in your establishment.
The shopping center management put up a strongly worded sign encouraging parents to be considerate of customers using the food court and letting parents know that screaming children will not be tolerated in their establishment. What? That sign would have made me irate. I would have left and told every mom I know not to go to that kid un-friendly mall.
Honestly, I don’t care to hear screaming children, not even my own; nobody does. Duh? But there are things that you can control and things you cannot. You cannot always control your child from throwing a tantrum. They are unpredictable. You also cannot expect small children to be as quiet as a mouse, that’s just not in their nature. But you can expect parents who are made to feel unwelcome and ostracized by your establishment to spend their time and money elsewhere.
Perhaps with all the screaming children and their mothers banished from the establishment, those older patrons trying to enjoy their tea will get off their derrieres after their peaceful meal and spend a bunch of money. I doubt it; but since you won’t allow young families in your shopping center don’t expect to get their money.
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