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Sydney cafe shuts due to ‘disrespectful parents’

A couple in Australia who ran a playroom in their café, have closed it down due to bad behaviour by parents and children


John and Claudette Osterberg who own Black Mocha Café in Sydney made the decision following what they called “deplorable manners” by families.

Offending incidents included leaving dirty nappies on tables, allowing children to draw on the walls and jumping on the furniture, something the owners said was often encouraged by parents.

In a post of their Facebook page, the owners said: “This behaviour is upsetting the rest of the customers and staff.

“It is also a disgusting spectacle and we are sorry that innocent café patrons have to witness it.

“As a result the café will no longer welcome children and parents who display deplorable manners.”

The move has been backed by many of those who use the café, with one parent saying: “First hand I can testify to the disgusting behaviour you described, it’s sad that parents have put you in this position.”

Another said: “I don’t blame the children, I blame the narcissist parents. Good for you”.

Shortly after hearing about the closure, the owner of Heather’s House of Cakes in Canberra, Australia, followed suit and closed their playroom.

Heather Martin said that like John and Claudette Osterberg, she had found the behaviour of some unacceptable and even a drain on the finances of the café.

In July this year a pub in East Staffordshire announced a ban on children under the age of five.

Management at the Waterfront, in Barton Marina, made the decision because staff had faced verbal abuse from parents when they had been asked to control their children.

The owners of the pub said that they found families ‘aggressive’ and often blocked fire exits with prams and high chairs.

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