Here's my new law:
If the average price of a entree at a restaurant is $10 or more, AND it is 8:00 p.m. or later, THEN all persons under 12 years of age will NOT be permitted entrance.
Why this law?
This used to be an unwritten rule that was observed by civilized people and did not need to be explicitly communicated. However, the majority of today's parents were not properly socialized to understand this rule and thus do not recognize the social taboo they are violating. Thus, we need a law.
Here's how the world should work:
#1 Bed time. School night. Teeth brushed and in bed by 8 p.m. (for individuals who are 12 years old or younger.)
#2 Grown ups who would like to have a quiet dining experience and enjoy a fine meal and conversation have some assurance that this can happen.
#3 If the group with young children shows up at the restaurant, they can order "take out" and wait outside or in their car until it is ready.
#4 If you are a parent with children under 12, and you would like to enjoy a fine meal and adult conversation, then you need to hire a babysitter.