No Kids allowed

I came across an interesting article the other day (which you can check out for yourselves here) about a Café owner in Brixham, Devon. The man in question owns a ship and ocean-liner themed Café called The Chart Room, which is lined from wall to wall with cruise-ship memorabilia and lots of other “boat stuff”. Being an avid cruise-ship and boat enthusiast, Bob Higginson (or Sir Bob as I will henceforth refer to him as) decided to open a business that reflects his interests and passions, which is of course, his prerogative to. And, since he can do pretty much whatever he likes with his OWN business (within the eyes of the law anyway) he has made an interesting decision regarding his OWN business.

He has banned under 12’s from the premises.

High-five

Obviously the outrage was going to come. Residents and parents alike began to pour scorn on Sir Bob’s decision to ban the little darlings from HIS business, citing such reasons as “marginalising children” and “discrimination”.

Give me a break.

For one thing, Sir Bob is well within his rights not to let children in. Children are not included in legislation regarding their permittance to a premises.

His place, his rules.

Dislike the decision all you want, but the fact remains that Sir Bob doesn’t have to let children in if he doesn’t want to. Yes, that might affect his sales and alienate people but you know what? That’s HIS problem.

There are countless places across the world that don’t cater for kids, and the reason is quite a simple one:

Not everybody likes or wants to be around kids.

In my last post; No, your kids are not that special, I talked about how people can think the world of their own children, but don’t necessarily give a damn about other peoples’. And that’s fine. Sir Bob has opened a business that he wants to aim at the older generation; the generation that has already had Kids and now that they’ve flown the nest, want to enjoy having a sense of freedom to live their lives without constraints. Or noise. Or cheesy Wotsit-covered fingers.

The people complaining about Children being “marginalised” don’t really think this at all. What they really feel is that as Parents they are the ones being treated unfairly, not their Kids. To say it’s the Kids is another example of people using their Children as a weapon to bash people over the head with to create sympathy; sympathy for the fact that having Kids can constrict your life and supress your ability to keep up with your Hipster friends.

My advice?

Stop taking your Kids to places that YOU want to go to. No Kid under 12 really wants to go to a Cruise-ship themed Café, just like no Kid wants to go to a Michelin Star restaurant  or the local pub to sit and watch you get p*ssed up with your mates.

Remember, it’s about the Kids, it’s not about you.

Now, leave the oldies to their peace and quiet, and off you go with the little-ones to McDonalds; there’s a Kids’ play area in a lot of them now. Not a lot of staff at the moment though; they’re off on strike asking to be paid more for not understanding what “No pickles” means.

RANT OVER

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Joggers have rights too

I’m sure you’ve heard about the “Demon Jogger of Putney Bridge” by now. (if you haven’t, get out from under your rock and click the link)  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-london-40860045/putney-bridge-cctv-of-jogger-pushing-woman-in-front-of-bus

First off, I hope the Lady involved is OK and that the Bus Driver gets the recognition he deserves for his timely actions.

The Jogger on the other hand…

This absolutely insanely self-important prick has confirmed a suspicion I have had for a while now-

Most Joggers have serious issues. (MOST- not ALL)

I, like a lot of people, like to “People Watch” and living beside a Cycleway which is used by literally hundreds of Joggers everyday, has afforded me the ability to be able to study this growing phenomenon in close detail (I realise this makes me sound like a “peeping Tom” but I assure you I’m not; I very rarely touch myself while doing it…)

What I have noticed is this – Joggers can be extremely aggressive.

Don’t you DARE step in front of them when they’re running up behind you and you’re unaware they are there.

Don’t you DARE have a Pushchair or Pram (or God forbid a double buggy); you take up too much room

Don’t you DARE have a dog on a leash (or so help me God, not on one)

And don’t you DARE use the footpath to take your kids to school. Yes, I’m talking to all 200 parents taking their kids to the school that the footpath goes past.

Do any of these things, and you set yourself up for any of the following, all of which I have witnessed first-hand-

Verbal abuse

Being spat on

Having water thrown on you

Being physically attacked

Being run-over by a Jogger-Mom with a sports buggy (containing a petrified child)

I kid you not. This happens all of the time and no, I’m not exaggerating.

And this is in the suburbs! Wait until you get into the city where the real action happens.

What happened on Putney Bridge while shocking, really wasn’t that surprising. As self-entitlement goes up among the population, so do the amount of instances like this; people want what they want, and dammit they’re going to get it, no matter what the cost.

It’s just another day on the path to entitlement.

Don’t get in the way or you WILL be thrown under the bus.

Literally.

RANT OVER

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