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To think this cafe needs to rethink their message to customers?

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GunpowderGelatine Fri 22-Feb-19 23:37:14

Seen this on Facebook today from a cafe -

So we are a dog friendly cafe which is completely acceptable by health and safety as long as the dogs don’t cook your food or enter the kitchen 😡* so don’t give us a hard time if you don’t like dogs because we like dogs better than humans - note don’t give Vicky a hard time over happy dogs because Vicky will always defend the dogs*

Now I have a bit of a fear of dogs and wouldn't expect to see one in a cafe and I'd be a bit pissed off if I paid good money for food and drink only to be bollocked by "Vicky" if I didn't like a dog in my face hmm AIBU to think it's not a good message to tell your paying customers that they come second to another species?

NameyMcNameChange1 Sat 23-Feb-19 00:12:23

My eldest dc is petrified of dogs so I’d actually find that sign really helpful. We live in a town where every other building is a coffee shop and only two of them don’t allow dogs. I’d much rather know before I go in with ds and have to calm him down because a dog has looked at him funny before he starts having a full on panic.

Darkestnight Sat 23-Feb-19 00:13:16

Im more of a cat lover but I was brought up with dogs I would eat there no problem at all.

averystrangeweek Sat 23-Feb-19 00:14:09

Not fussed about dogs in cafes, but I sure wouldn't want to go to the one run by that particular person. She sounds barking mad.

BrizzleMint Sat 23-Feb-19 00:14:58

@brizzlemint love it there

It's one of my favourites.

SusieOwl4 Sat 23-Feb-19 00:15:02

The owners only need to rethink if they don’t make a profit.otherwise it’s up to them . Just don’t go there.

DioneTheDiabolist Sat 23-Feb-19 00:17:17

YABU OP, the message is very clear and helpful to both dog owners and those who aren't keen.

winsinbin Sat 23-Feb-19 00:20:20

If I saw a sign like this in a place of business I wouldn’t go in there. Not because I dislike dogs but because I dislike people who are aggressive about preferring animals to people. And I guess that’s what the sign is designed for so it’s happy days all round.

bubblegumbottles Sat 23-Feb-19 00:23:36

I agree OP.

I don't have a problem with dog friendly cafes in general, if that's your kind of thing but the tone of the message is completely unprofessional. The dogs aren't paying their wages, the customers are.

blackcoffeeinbed Sat 23-Feb-19 00:25:02

As a dog lover, I think this is awesome! They allow dogs and also have a sense of humour, sounds up my street. If it's not up yours then go somewhere else!

colditz Sat 23-Feb-19 00:27:46

They've been VERY clear though, haven't they? You and your fear of dogs aren't particularly welcome in their deliberately dog-friendly cafe.

ScorpiaForCatra Sat 23-Feb-19 00:27:57

Cafe near me has a notice board where you can put pictures of dogs whilst in the cafe.
It's a nice cafe too, loads of dog friendly people, loads of gorgeous dogs.

I'd rather sit in cafe with 10 excited dogs and no people and I'd definitely pick dogs over noisy babies making the place a shit tip.

Chocolatedeficitdisorder Sat 23-Feb-19 00:31:13

We spent last weekend having a lovely trip Northumberland. There were dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in all the best places. We had lunch in a smart pub on Lindisfarne which had a total of 8 dogs in a small area and there were no problems at all.

It's wonderful being able to take our 2 dogs with us when we go into eat. I've never enjoyed leaving them in the car and having to check on the them all the time, and holiday cottage owners don't like you to leave them in their properties.

I love it when business owners recognise that the market is out there for tolerant, pet-friendly people.

Guineapiglet345 Sat 23-Feb-19 00:35:50

I’ve got a friend who loves animal more than humans, she likes to tell this to anyone who will listen, it gets very boring very quickly.

Mummyoflittledragon Sat 23-Feb-19 00:36:13

I love my dogs. Can be intimidated by them and totally understand why others would be too. I’m disabled so excitable dogs around me are very frightening. They can knock me over and that would have long term nasty implications for me. Vicky doesn’t understand other people’s needs. She sounds scary. I’d give her a wide berth.

AGHHHH Sat 23-Feb-19 00:37:23

Yabu. Their business.

AmICrazyorWhat2 Sat 23-Feb-19 00:46:01

I love it when business owners recognise that the market is out there for tolerant, pet-friendly people.

Except they sound intolerant towards humans. grin

SilverySurfer Sat 23-Feb-19 02:13:39

It's their cafe, so they can do exactly as they please, as can you by not going there if you don't like dogs. Not exactly rocket science is it?

Decormad38 Sat 23-Feb-19 02:18:43

I would go with my little dog who would probably piss you off by licking you. I prefer cafes that make it obvious dogs are welcome. If you don’t like dogs choose another cafe. Simples.

AcaiSmoothie Sat 23-Feb-19 02:19:37

The message isn't very polite and sounds a bit silly, but then so is going to a dog-friendly cafe when you don't like dogs.

Dreamzcancometrue Sat 23-Feb-19 02:24:26

I personally dislike dogs, so wouldn't go to a dog friendly cafe. The lady sounds like a nightmare!

WiddlinDiddlin Sat 23-Feb-19 02:28:32

I am not sure I'd have put it in quite those terms, but there are plenty of cafes and pubs where I live where dogs are welcome and tolerated much better than many adults or children.

You know now, so find another cafe if it's an issue for you, it is after all, her business not yours and shes under no obligation to provide you with dog-free cakes and coffees if she doesn't want to!

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lyralalala Sat 23-Feb-19 02:56:30

I think it sounds like Vicky is fed up of people whinging about dogs when their business model is very clear.

I have friends who run a pub and the website, their facebook page, their instagram and the notice on the door says very, very clearly that there are 4 cats who roam around the bar - it's known locally as the cat pub. The number of people who complain about the cats is ridiculous.

Sparklesandglitter Sat 23-Feb-19 03:07:35

@GunpowderGelatine lol when I read the op I knew exactly which cafe this would be! We have been there a couple of times and have always found staff to be welcoming and helpful but I'm not a dog person, the cafe is crowded (not a big issue generally) add dogs in to the mix and I would not be having a relaxing meal!! Good cake though!

Ploppymoodypants Sat 23-Feb-19 03:16:30

As previous poster said, it’s the same scenario as cafes or restaurants who target children/ families. As a mother of 2 children (and owner of 2 dogs) I really appreciate somewhere where the children are welcome and I can teach them acceptable cafe behaviour within stressing that they bring too loud/messy etc. But on a child free day I avoid those places like the plague. Different businesses targeting different Market.
For what it’s worth I have never had a cafe/pub/restaurant experience spoilt by a dog. Lots spoilt by badly behaved children though.

Loads of people love dogs, but they are often ‘like marmite ‘ so just avoid that cafe.

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