Brat Ban

From parents to patrons, today’s guests all have an opinion about what’s being called the “brat ban,” a policy many places are adopting that enforce kid-free zones. Is banning kids more about banning bad parenting? It's a polarizing question that has audience members at odds. Watch the show and weigh in! And, find out how to keep your kid from becoming a brat!

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Pittsburgh restaurant owner, Mike Vuick, says that out of a growing need to keep his dining area noise-free and adult-friendly, he distributed flyers throughout the restaurant instructing patrons that children under 6 would not be allowed.

The policy reads: "McDains restaurant will no longer admit children under 6 years of age. We feel that McDains is not a place for young children. Their volume can't be controlled and many, many, many times they have disturbed other customers."

"How's that working for you?" Dr. Phil asks. "Do people like this?"

Mike says that business is up considerably and support is overwhelming. He admits that he has no children, which gives Dr. Phil a laugh, but continues, "I don't drink, but I don't think that disqualifies me from identifying a drunk!"

"It's not the kids," Dr. Phil says. "We talk about the younger generation like we don't have anything to do with it. That kid is acting like a chimpanzee because the parent isn't controlling the child. Can you be so socially insensitive as to not be aware?"

An audience member Andrea says she agrees with the ban, saying that in some restaurants, children just do not belong, but another audience member interrupts. "Wouldn't it make more sense if it was a ban on noise altogether?" she asks.

"There should be a ban on rude behavior," Andrea says.

Andrea's husband says he compares the noise from children to second-hand smoke.

"But my child is not going to kill you!" one audience member snaps back.

"When they can't behave, they don't have a right to be there," another says.

"There's a reason why [more] restaurants aren't banning children and that is because it's a form of discrimination; pure and simple," another audience member adds.

"Is there a point where it becomes disturbing the peace?" Dr. Phil asks the audience. "There is a law against that!"

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