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Florida Family Stunned After Georgia Restaurant Charges Them $50 “Unable to Parent” Fee for Children’s Alleged Bad Behavior

Florida Family Stunned After Georgia Restaurant Charges Them $50 "Unable to Parent" Fee for Children's Alleged Bad Behavior

A Florida couple, Lyndsey Landmann and her husband Kyle were left in shock after being charged a $50 “unable to parent” fee by Toccoa River Restaurant in Blue Ridge, Georgia, due to their children’s alleged bad behavior. The family was dining with their three young boys and four other families, with a total of eleven children ranging from three to eight years old.

Kyle took to Google two weeks ago to express his dissatisfaction with the experience, stating, “The owner came out and told me he was adding $50 to my bill because of my children’s behavior. My kids watched a tablet until the food arrived, ate their food, and my wife took them outside while I waited and paid the bill.”

After the couple were charged $50 due to their children’s behavior Kyle blasted the restaurant online, writing that he was ‘disappointed by the experience’

Lyndsey was equally appalled and insisted that their children were well-behaved. In an interview with TODAY, she explained, “The kids were sitting at one end of the table and they were being so good. I even commented halfway through the meal, ‘I can’t believe how well-behaved they are.'”

The incident escalated after dessert when some of the parents took their children down to the water, at which point restaurant owner Tim Richter approached the party. According to Lyndsey, Richter pointed out an additional charge on the menu that read, “Adult surcharge: For adults unable to parent. Be Respectful to staff, property, and self. No Respect, No Service.” He then informed the party that there would be a $50 added to each bill at their table.

The owner, Tim Richter, said the children were being ‘too loud’ and were running around unsupervised

Lyndsey asked for an explanation and was told by Richter that the children were being “too loud” and that he was upset because the kids were “running around outside,” even though they were supervised by adults. “He got in our faces and told us that we belonged at Burger King and not at his restaurant,” Lyndsey recalled.

Richter declined to appear on camera but told Channel 2 News that he implemented the surcharge a few years ago during the pandemic, adding that he had never threatened to charge anyone until a couple of weeks ago when a family visited, and their nine children were “running all over the restaurant.” He clarified that he never actually charged the family, only giving them a warning, and stated, “We want parents to be parents.”

Toccoa Riverside Restaurant is located over an hour’s drive from Atlanta, perched along a river

However, several other Google reviews criticized the restaurant’s service quality and the owner’s attitude, with one review specifically warning diners with children to steer clear. Another review recounted a similar experience, “We were three adults, two children, and our 4mo baby, and since we entered the place, they gave us a bad look. Later my wife was rocking the baby (not crying, just to make him sleep) and this “manager” told her that you don’t do that in a fancy restaurant (of course this is not a fancy restaurant) and later moved our stroller in a bad way.”

The Toccoa River Restaurant, located in the mountains approximately a two-hour drive from Atlanta, offers entrees ranging from $21 to $39 and includes additional charges such as an 18 percent gratuity for parties over six people, separate checks, and orders from the birthday menu. There is also a $3 surcharge for sharing food, with a note specifying that prices on the menu are for cash payments only and that there will be an extra 3.5% charge for non-cash payments.

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