10/10/2014 11:38 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Is This Funny? Pub Sign Offers To Nail Kids To The Table


A pub has come under fire over a sign which jokingly offers to nail boisterous kids to the table.

Landlady Nikki Brodin put up the chalkboard notice outside her Black Lion pub in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, after she saw it in a trade magazine.

It read: "To avoid accident and injury to your child whilst the little darling is running around this establishment why not hand the little poppet to a member of staff who will be happy to nail it to your table for you!"

But despite Nikki's insistence that the sign was 'just a bit of fun', many parents didn't see the funny side.

One Facebook user, who signed themselves off as 'a responsible parent', wrote: "Personally I find this sign disgusting. [The pub's owners] should be arrested for promoting child abuse and closed down by Trading Standards for the same offence."

Nikki, 37, said: "We certainly didn't want to ban kids, we just believe in traditional values. It's just a bit of fun.

"It's not to offend anybody - we have children ourselves."

She said the pub welcomed children but wanted people to 'talk and socialise and not have children running around screaming'.

The Black Lion's regulars have taken to Twitter to defended their pub. Andrew Ramage wrote: "There are too many killjoys out there who can't see it is merely tongue in cheek."

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