Sunday, 19 July 2009

Game, boy?

In the local this lunchtime, and there was a kid of about five years old busy playing on a hand-held games machine, with all the associated beeping and warbling. Since when was this remotely acceptable in a pub? The old-school landlord would instantly have said "stop that now or you're out!"

Little wonder adult customers prefer the quiet and order of their own homes.

6 comments:

  1. All too commonn, I'm afraid. I was going to post on something similar, except it was mid evening-when the child shouldn't have even been there.

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  2. .. I think I must be that old-school landlord.

    Mind you, gaming machines are just as bad, apart from the fact the licensee makes money directly from them.

    I prefer pubs that have neither.

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  3. Sunday lunchtime is family time in many pubs. It's the only time many people with kids would ever step into a pub. If you go into one at that time you have to take your own Nintendo DS to link up with the kids and thrash them at Mario Kart. It ain't 1950.

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  4. It ain't 1950 but good pub etiquette is timeless.

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  5. Well, precisely. A licensee (hopefully) wouldn't allow a child to repeatedly bang a drum in a pub - the principle is exactly the same.

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  6. Children should be seen and not heard!

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