Your Child Is Not Welcome
I recently stopped at a salon located in a mall to see if they could clean up my eyebrows. Something I’ve done many times before as I’m not great at booking appointments for such small things. I will add that it was a rather large corporate salon that I’ve been to before without thought for my eyebrows (I’d never let them cut me hair though).
As I went in to book an appointment I stood there with my son happily and quietly playing in his stroller.
The lady nicely took my information for an available appointment 10 minutes later. Which was perfect in my mind. Once the appointment was confirmed, she proceeded to say with quite the attitude:
“Do you have somewhere to put your child? Your child is not welcome…We have a child policy.”
Honestly, how does one respond to this? I’m used to people stopping and gushing at how cute Baby MPB is (which I happen to agree with). This was the first time someone told me I wasn’t allowed with my child. So, needless to say this was a mom first that I didn’t expect.
My response, maybe not the best, but I laughed out loud and polity yet ever so sarcastically said:
“Never-mind then I’ll take my business elsewhere. I cannot exactly park his stroller in the mall and leave him there by himself for 15 minutes.”
I was irritated, in part because I just didn’t expect it and in part because of the lady’s attitude. But, what irritated me about this is:
- Clearly I was on my own with my child. Maybe tell a mom first before you start booking the appointment. And maybe tell her politely.
- If you ever want my business again, please do not refer to my child with massive attitude as some sort of inconvenience.
- Aren’t eye brow waxing’s done in a private room? How would my child sitting in his stroller impacted anything for any other customer?
- It was a salon in a rather crappy mall, not a high end salon. Seriously, lose the pretentious attitude.
So, is it common place for businesses to be anti-child? Clearly certain businesses like bars and casinos don’t let children in, but it is common for other places to be? Are there other places I should be aware of?
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