Anorak | Children In Restaurants: Manager Orders Child To Remove Squeaky Shoes

Children In Restaurants: Manager Orders Child To Remove Squeaky Shoes

by | 17th, January 2014

CHILDREN in Restaurants Watch Part 2: The Squeaky Shoes.

“They want to help children with disabilities and this was just something that happened in their cafe and they are not proud of it,” says Catherine Duke.

Last week, an assistant manager at a Savannah Panera Bread, told Duke’s 2-year-old daughter to remove her shoes. A customer had complained  they were squeaking “too much”. “We weren’t welcome with the shoes. It was very blatant,” adds Duke. “Emma has an undiagnosed developmental disorder that prevented her from walking until she was 23-months-old. These are special shoes. They squeak when she walks properly.”

“It is not good for her to walk without her shoes because her ankles could twist and have all sorts of problems. It was very hurtful, and I left the store crying, not a very good thing for a mom to feel like her child is being discriminated against.”




Anorak always has had a soft spot for unreasonable restaurateurs. It is their place, and rules should be as arcane as they can make them. We enjoyed this French cafe, which offers discounts for politeness. Basil Fawlty was, of course, the most famous intolerant host. In South Shields, one eatery ordered diners to clear their plates, or else. Brighton’s Tea Cosy instituted a set of rules. Then owner David Daly forbade anyone from resting their elbows on the table, insulting the Queen, handling sugar cubes and sipping from teaspoons, which must never be allowed to chink against the cup.

Less well known is John Fothergill, mein host at the Spread Eagle in Thame in the 1920s and 30s, writer of the Innkeeper’s Diary, dramatised for BBC2 in 1981:

The fellow said, ‘I’ll never come here again,’ to which I replied, ‘Yes, but will you give me another undertaking: to tell all your friends not to come?'”

* Fothergill was the contumacious dandy for ever locked in combat with ‘clients’ who fell short of his standards, a man prepared to track down and rebuke a brigadier-general who, with his wife, dropped in to the Spreadeagle to use the lavatory without a please or thank you. Sharp-eyed in his white jacket and buckled shoes, he was quick to challenge those who aspired to use his premises for unhallowed coupling. (Client: ‘You think you can ask everyone who comes here if they are married?’ – ‘Yes, if I want to.’) 

And Kim Tickell, aka Kim Joseph Hollick de la Taste Tickell, who ran the Tickell Arms outside Cambridge until his death in 1990.

* After parking carefully

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