Dad Says He’s Planning A Peaceful 50-Person Stroller Protest After Restaurant Bans Strollers
Restaurants banning kids isn’t anything new, nor is it particularly unpopular for some parents who would like a meal away from unruly screaming as well. But when fatherÂ Jason Desroches, his wife Andrea Chilcott, and their 16-month-old daughter were asked to leaveÂ Flips, a breakfast restaurant in Canada, because he had a stroller, he was incensed. Flips reportedly has a strict no-strollers policy due to insurance purposes, which means a “peaceful” protest with all of his mom and dad stroller friends is in order.
The Sun reports that strollers are a no no in the restaurant due to space, but the manager is initially very roundabout in conveying this:
â€œWe can refuse any patrons, our lawyer said, for any reason whatsoever,â€ [the manager, Bill] said. â€œItâ€™s not a public place.â€
In a follow-up phone call, the manager said Flips allows for seeing guide dogs and wheelchairs â€œbecause thatâ€™s common sense,â€ but for safety reasons, bans skateboards, rollerblades, and baby strollers.
â€œOur place is extremely small,â€ Bill said. â€œWeâ€™re fair. Weâ€™ve had people on rollerblades come in here, falling down on tables and next thing you know, lawsuits. We donâ€™t have anyone ever make a big stink (over the rules).â€
Jason says that this no-strollers policy is not posted anywhere, which is a major pain in his breakfast consumption. According toÂ Toronto human rights lawyer Selwyn Pieters, this could also be considered discriminatory:
â€œAll establishments in Ontario that provide a service is covered under the [Ontario Human RightsÂ Code],â€ Pieters said. â€œAs long as itâ€™s not an adult-only establishment, and theyâ€™re just discriminating because they donâ€™t like the idea of strollers in there or children disturbing other customers having supper â€” that could be a case of discrimination. These establishments ought to take measures to accommodate families to the point of undue hardship.â€
Naturally, Jason is planning to hit up all his parent friends to take down the man STROLLER STYLE:
“We’re probably going to show up with a stroller just to spite these people. I have like 50 friends with children in strollers and we’re going to go in one by one to be turned away and then we’ll just block the place for like an hour. A peaceful protest, that’s it, that’s all. Nonviolent.”
Oh, and he and his wife are threatening legal action, too, to appropriately complement that “nonviolent” stroller protest. I need photos of this.
(photo:Â Â briberry)