Couple says restaurant fined them for ‘poor parenting’ – the restaurant owner then reveals the truth

Restaurant Fine Story Debunked

A story that spread on Reddit claimed the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant in North Georgia added a “poor parenting” fine of $50 to a family’s bill due to children’s behavior. This ignited a fierce online debate about the appropriateness of such a charge. The restaurant owner, Tim Richter, clarified in an interview that while a pandemic-related surcharge was implemented, there were no fines for customer behavior. “The owner came out and told me he was adding $50 to my bill because of my children’s behavior… disappointed by the experience,” read the initial misleading post.

Clarifications and Reactions

Tim explained that no such fines have been issued, although he has cautioned parents in the past to mind their children. The accusation was part of a misunderstanding during a particularly busy day with a large family group. Patrons shared mixed feelings about the concept of a parenting surcharge. Laura Spillman found it unbelievable, while Anne Cox felt it might encourage better control over children in public spaces. Regular diner Jack Schneider said, “We’ve all sat next to tables where you say hey, do something with that kid. So I really think it’s more on the parents.”

Despite the controversy, the restaurant’s popularity remains unscathed, known for its tranquil setting and laid-back clientele.