There's nothing I like more than a meet-up with other mums, and on the rare occasions that we manage to combine it with a decent meal then I'm basically in heaven.
So I totally understand the ire of a group of mums who say they were told to move to the back of a pub where they were meeting for lunch - all because a bunch of male customers wanted to read their papers in peace.
The Metro reports:
They said they felt 'shocked and humiliated' after a member of staff moved them at the Butterly Park Brewers Fayre in Ripley, Derbyshire.
They'd been visiting for weeks, before being told that other customers had complained about them bringing their babies along.
One of the mums has penned a letter of complaint to the company which owns the establishment.
She told the paper:
'We were told that there are men who come in and read the paper and don't want to be disturbed by women and babies and it was better if we were out of the way. We chose to meet there as our babies are not of an age where we can let them play amongst toddlers and, seeing as we don't get dinner dates as frequently as we used to pre-children, it's nice to eat a hot meal in good company.'
A spokeperson for the chain said that it welcomes breastfeeding mothers, parents and carers with young children and said they would investigate the issue further. It also offered to compensate the mums with a £10 voucher.
I'd be livid if this happened to me and my mum mates. It's not always easy finding somewhere to socialise with babies in tow but I see no reason why paper-reading men should be afforded better treatment than lunching mums.
And I see no reason why mums shouldn't meet up in their local pub. These days most pubs pride themselves on being family-friendly, so the notion that mums with babies shouldn't darken their doors is woefully outdated. Unless the mums in question were knocking back tequila slammers or belting our drinking songs whilst neglecting their babies, what's the problem?
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TOPICS: Parenting Tips