Fury as Chinese restaurant charges parents £3 to bring their babies with them

Fury as Chinese restaurant charges parents £3 to bring their babies with them and put them in high chairs

  • Chinese restaurant announced it would charge parents with babies £3
  • Panda Garden in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria announced policy on Facebook
  • The decision sparked furious backlash among outraged customers 

A Chinese restaurant has provoked a furious backlash among diners after it announced it would charge parents £3 if they brought their babies along with them.

Panda Garden in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria announced the all-you-can-eat buffet option with a starting price of £9.90 for adults.

But customers were outraged upon discovering that parents who bring their babies with them would be charged additionally.

In a Facebook post, a restaurant spokesperson said: ‘We are paying the opportunity cost of reserving a seat for a baby where an adult could have been seated, we are also paying for staff to clean up after their mess.

‘Therefore a £3 charge will apply. Whilst we try our best to accommodate younger children and babies into our restaurant, we’d also like to ask that you cooperate with us and respect our rules.

Panda Garden in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria announced the all-you-can-eat buffet option with a starting price of £9.90 for adults. But customers were outraged upon discovering that parents who bring their babies with them would be charged additionally

Panda Garden in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria announced the all-you-can-eat buffet option with a starting price of £9.90 for adults. But customers were outraged upon discovering that parents who bring their babies with them would be charged additionally

Customers were outraged upon discovering that parents who bring their babies with them would be charged additionally

Customers were outraged upon discovering that parents who bring their babies with them would be charged additionally

‘We hope this post will clear up any misunderstandings that have occurred and bring awareness to our rules. We also take on any advice from customers, more signs will be placed in the restaurant and near the entrance to raise awareness of our rules.’ 

One unhappy customer thundered: ‘I would’ve thought the labour/clean up charge would be factored into the price, like everyone else.

‘You’re getting charged for a high chair, then states children can’t eat off adult plates. So you’re paying £3 for probably an extra minute of work if you’re efficient at your job. And it’s a buffet…what service are they slowing down apart from drinks and refilling the buffet exactly?

‘Do you get charged more as an adult if you spill a drink because it’s more time to clean up? Paying an extra £3 for my kid to sit in a high chair is madness, I also won’t be going – if I do I’ll leave him outside to fend for himself.’

Google street view of Chinese restaurant Panda Garden

Google street view of Chinese restaurant Panda Garden

One unhappy customer thundered: 'I would've thought the labour/clean up charge would be factored into the price, like everyone else'

One unhappy customer thundered: ‘I would’ve thought the labour/clean up charge would be factored into the price, like everyone else’

Another joked, ‘Are we okay to leave the six-month-old outside in her pram whilst we eat?’ while a third added: ‘My six-month-old will be out there too. With a packed lunch.’

A Panda Garden spokesperson later issued the statement: ‘The charge of £3 is not only for the high chair for the babies, many babies who come to our restaurant are eating off the buffet, therefore, we need to put a charge in place as the food is not for free, especially in this day and age.

‘Obviously with us being a buffet we have to charge people individually, therefore, the same applies to babies – we can’t have the saying of ‘they ate off my plate’ – if we didn’t have rules in place there would be many arguments occurring.

‘You simply cannot pay for one adult and expect two adults to be eating off the buffet as it’s simply not how a buffet works. The same applies here with babies, we’re not an a la carte restaurant.

‘We’re also paying staff to clean up babies’ messes after them which is very time-consuming especially during busier times where staff are required elsewhere. This rule will be staying in place as we as a buffet cannot cater or provide free food for anyone.’

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