Arby's restaurant forced to remove "insensitive" sign after outcry from angry parents

Arby's restaurant forced to remove "insensitive" sign after outcry from angry parents

An Arby’s franchisee in Minnesota has been forced to remove a controversial sign proclaiming only “well-behaved” children were welcome in the restaurant. The sign, and subsequent backlash from parents, ultimately forced the restaurant to change course after some customers labelled the move “appalling”.

The sign was first brought to the public’s attention when mum-of-three Christine Hemsworth brought her family for dinner at the Elk River branch. Upon approaching the restaurant, she came face to face with the notice, which declared:

"Only well-behaved Children who can keep their food on their trays and their bottoms on their seats are welcome. If you can't do this you will be asked to leave. Thanks."

In an interview with KARE-TV, Hemsworth declared that the sign cast a shadow over the experience, resulting in "an uncomfortable and stressful meal." She went on to add:

"I was shocked to find a sign like that. It is a fast-food restaurant, it's not something with white tablecloths. It's supposed to be family-oriented as far as I knew."

Hemsworth continued:

"I have a toddler. I wasn't sure if it was because they didn't want to clean up messes. I always clean up my children's mess anyways but it was an uncomfortable and stressful meal."

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After backlash from Hemsworth and other offended parents, Arby’s issued a statement addressing customer concerns. As reported by Fox Business, the restaurant said:

"We've spoken to the restaurant team and have removed this sign as this does not reflect our company values and the family-friendly environment we aim to provide in our restaurants."

"We recognize the language on this sign was insensitive. We removed it quickly, and have disciplined the manager and team working at the restaurant. It does not reflect our company values and the family-friendly environment we aim to provide in all of our restaurants."

This article originally appeared on twistedfood.co.uk