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Restaurant Tries to Kick Out Shoeless … Infant

By Madeline Holler |

baby-feetCiting health concerns, the manager of a Burger King in suburban St. Louis tried to kick out a customer for not wearing shoes. Store policy is, of course, no shoes, no shirt, no service.

Problem is, the shoeless offerender was a six-month-old non-walking baby. Maybe I have issues with authority, but can’t there possibly be an exception made for, you know, a baby?

Apparently, there can. A spokesperson for the Burger King in Sunset Hills, Mo., is apologizing for the incident.

Here’s what happened:

Jennifer Frederich was waiting in line with her mother and her daughter Kaylin. The cashier was taking their order.

“The manager was standing next to him said, ‘you can order “to go” but you’re going to have to leave if she doesn’t have shoes on’. He said, ‘it’s against health code’,” Frederich said.

They ordered.

“The guy was still saying, ‘that lady is still here with that baby without shoes’,” Frederich said. “I just looked at him and I said, ‘that’s my daughter. She doesn’t own shoes. She’s only 6 months old’… she doesn’t walk. She’s not touching the ground. So there’s no reason for her to have shoes on.”

What’s kind of funny is that she tried to put socks on the baby’s feet to, what, placate the manager, who, drunk with power, I’m guessing, nonetheless threatened to call the police. So they just crammed down their lunch and kind of slinked out of there.

And then posted about the incident on Facebook. Hilarity ensues.

Frederich and her mom were leading 25 kids in the church youth group to a big Christian rock concert at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. They had stopped for lunch at the Burger King.

After corporate found out about the run in, they issued an apology and invited the mom/grandma/daughter trio back to the restaurant for “they royal treatment.” Better put some glass slippers on the baby, just in case.

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Madeline Holler

Madeline Holler is a writer, journalist, and blogger. She has written for Babble since the site launched in 2006. Her writing has appeared in various other publications both online and in print, including Salon and True/Slant (now Forbes). A native of the Midwest, Madeline lives, writes, and parents in Southern California, where she's raising two daughters and a son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Madeline's latest posts →

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11 thoughts on “Restaurant Tries to Kick Out Shoeless … Infant

  1. Cali Mom says:

    Although I do think this is ridiculous, restaurants have to be very cautious about violating health codes. You’d be surprised at the kinds of things they get dinged on. If the manager gave it much thought, he might have said this was OK, but he probably was less drunk on power than nervous about a violation.

  2. Mistress_Scorpio says:

    Baby feet are so much more delicious than Burger King anyway. Nom nom nom!

  3. Diane says:

    Nervous about a violation? Come on, really?

  4. Bec says:

    Have you been to a Burger King lately? I would think that unshod babies are the least of their concern when it comes to health code.

  5. PlumbLucky says:

    Heh, my son believes that removing his shoes is a funny game (he is 11 months, and doesn’t yet walk). Wonder what the manager would think of that :-)

  6. ChrissyDS says:

    We had a similar incident happen at a California Pizza Kitchen, when our daughter was about 6 months old… we sat down to order and (not being the types to keep her in a carseat) sat her down on the table while we got ourselves together. Manager came by, all in a huff, because she didn’t have shoes on and couldn’t be sitting on the table! It was one of the weirdest experiences of my parenting life.

  7. Mistress_Scorpio says:

    This just makes me want to go to that Burger King and leave a poop diaper on the counter.

  8. Ronald says:

    Unless they are gutting the restaurant and instituting a new menu, I’m afraid the “royal treatment” at Burger King will do nothing to mend the wounds. What are they going to do, offer her to upsize her meal?

  9. [...] It’s always a challenge to take a baby or toddler out to eat. And that’s putting aside the (remote) possibility that the restaurant will go all whack job and boot your kid for not wearing shoes. [...]

  10. [...] Restaurant Tires to Kick Out Shoeless … Infant [...]

  11. junebaby says:

    Has this man taken a close look at some of his employees. I am a fast food/ retail worker myself right now and I am ashamed at some of things that go on behind the counter…Feet should be the least of ones worries.

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