Should Restaurants Charge Extra for Messy Kids?

By Blake Eligh

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Do your kids have good restaurant manners, or does it look like Vikings came to dinner?

One Arizona mother and blogger discovered a restaurant that levies a $5 surcharge for messes left behind by little diners. Seems a bit much, no?

When we go out, my husband and I keep an eye on our messy kids, and do our best to corral their spills. The girls know to leave the sugar packets alone, and if food falls on the floor we pick it up so the server doesn’t have to crawl around under the table. We try to leave the table tidy. It isn’t always easy, but we’ve never ever been charged extra.

Tell us about your restaurant rules. Are your kids angels at the table? Do you feel guilty about restaurant messes? Do you clean up before you go, tip generously, or dine and dash to avoid dirty looks?

For more on dining out with kids, check out our story about aBritish restaurant that charges a “baby tax” for each toddler at the table and this story about an Ottawa restaurant that banned babies altogether.

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