Arby’s Issues Statement on ‘Insensitive’ Sign Saying ‘Only Well Behaved Children’ Welcome

The team at a Minnesota Arby's location has been disciplined.


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Upscale eatery Arby's is catching heat this week over an "insensitive" sign directed at kids who, well, act like kids.

The message, which was posted at a Minnesota Arby's location, read: "Only well behaved Children who can keep their food on their trays and their bottoms on their seats are welcome. If you can’t do this you will be asked to leave."

Do you think this sign about misbehaving children go too far at an @Arbys in Minnesota ? Vote now in our morning poll

— Stella Escobedo (@StellaEscoTV) November 12, 2019

The sign left at least one mother feeling both shocked and uncomfortable, as she feared her toddler would potentially break the rules.

"I was like 'oh gosh,'" mother of five Christine Hemsworth told KARE11. "I've got a 2-year-old with me and he doesn't always keep his fries on the tray or his bottom on the seat. He sometimes stands up."

Despite her uneasiness, Hemsworth decided to go into the fast-food joint with her two sons and a daughter. She told the outlet she and her family finished their meal without any problems with the staff; however, she admitted her experience was stressful.

"It was kind of uncomfortable in the restaurant the time we were there," Hemsworth explained. "I have a toddler. I wasn't sure if it was because they didn't want to clean up messes. I always clean up my children's mess anyways but it was an uncomfortable and stressful meal."

A Photo of the Arby's sign—posted at an Elk River location—has garnered mixed reactions on social media:

Management puts up sign at restaurant proclaiming-

‘Only well behaved children’ are welcome.

I think this manager forgot the part where he/she WORKS AT A MOTHAFUCKING ARBYS!!!

— Chicano Marine 🇲🇽🇺🇸💙 (@kingsrush) November 12, 2019

@Arbys @ArbysCares - so what about your patrons who agree with the sign in Elk River Minnesota? I'm tired of people and kids in your stores who are unruly and create messes...I've had soda and fries spilled on me.

Do you give a damn about us? Or do you want us to leave?

— Dan (@buttonspony) November 12, 2019

Not sure whats worse, the fact someone would hang this sign or the fact that it might be needed. #Arbyssign #Signofthetimes #WakeUpCLT

— ***** (@slamoy2) November 12, 2019

Arby's issued an apology for the sign, confirming it has taken disciplinary action against the location's managers and team.

"We recognize the language on this sign was insensitive. We removed it quickly, and have disciplined the manager and team working at the restaurant," Arby's said in a statement to KARE11. "It does not reflect our company values and the family-friendly environment we aim to provide in all of our restaurants."

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