A Dublin cafe has proposed adding a 15 percent “screaming child tax” to parents’ bills.
The White Moose Cafe posted about the proposed surcharge on its Facebook page on May 5, CGTN reports.
In the post, cafe owner Paul Stenson said the decision was made “for the benefit of both staff and customers.”
The Facebook post provoked backlash online, with some saying the policy is “disgraceful,” while others expressed support for the tax. In five days, the post received over 1,400 comments and 6,600 likes.
Jaime Canavan from Michigan commented: “This is one of the most beautiful things I've ever read.”
Ryan Lennon from Newcastle, U.K., said, “Hope your business burns to the ground.”
Stenson later clarified that the post was supposed to be “satirical.”
“Disgusting. Appalling. Disgraceful. These are all words used to describe a satirical post I made yesterday about taxing screaming children,” Stenson said on his own Facebook page. "10 years ago people would have laughed at that post and moved on with their lives, but not today.”