I love the smoking ban in pubs – I really like it.
However, it seems that so do families. Since the ban, I have noticed a significant increase in families going indoors at pubs as opposed to sitting outside. Alas, they also bring their babies.
In itself, a baby is not a problem – but why are they invariably of the screaming variety, and accompanied by parents of the “leave them alone and don’t shut them up” variety?
My fav “local” in central London was overun with them yesterday and I eventually got up and left – especially after some of the more mobile versions decided to keep trying to sit on my jacket. It was that or get some earplugs to deal with the screaming that one particular one seemed determined to continue with for well over half an hour.
Don’t they ever run out of energy from all that screaming?
It’s very difficult to sit down quietly for a pint when there is that din going on around you. I might was well have gone to a gay pub and got deafened by the thump thump thump music instead.
So, parents – if you are going to bring your babies into a pub, please be the sort who get embarrassed by the noise they make and try to shut them up when in public. Thank You.