Tampa Pizzeria Warns Parents: Make Kids Behave or Leave

“With a bit of chalk on a blackboard, Scooter Gabel unleashed a fury,” according to the Tampa Bay Times. “Smudgy and handwritten, the sign that went up nearly two months ago says this: “For the comfort and safety of everybody, if you allow your child to run, scream or misbehave, you will be asked to leave.” The owner of Cappy’s Pizzeria in Seminole Heights had had enough.

Although no one has yet been ejected since the sign went up, it has caused an uproar among Seminole Heights parents and diners, with as many people castigating the restaurant owner as applauding his courage. By Thursday, more than 105 commenters weighed in on a UC Tampa Magazine (Urban Corridor) Facebook account, the discussion getting heated and downright nasty as people balanced the tendency of “kids to be kids” with diners’ rights to peace and quiet.”