Popular eateries ban students from entering

Staff Editorial

Recently, fast-food restaurants in Antioch have been taking drastic measures to discourage high school students from eating at their establishments because of disruptive behavior in the restaurants and in parking lots.

Taco Bell and McDonald’s has barred teenage entry to their dining rooms from 3-4:30 p.m.

Other places have been taking similar restrictive measures, such as allowing only five students at a time to enter, with 10 minutes maximum.

These measures have been taken in an attempt to discourage the flow of after-school teenage traffic. But will this stop us from going to these eateries  as well?

Now that Cal is in the middle of our football season and competition is intensifying, these restrictions made by fast-food establishments could soon be all-too apparent in San Ramon.

The Cal-Monte Vista  football rivalry reached its peak last year as passionate students waged war against each other with food fights at In-N-Out and blasting loud music in the parking lot.

The establishment responded by kicking everyone out and calling the police.

For the rest of the 2013 football season, and continuing into the basketball season, In-N-Out staggered the amount of students allowed inside the establishment and warned each group that inappropriate behavior would not be tolerated.

The students were expected to enter, order, and receive their food, eat it, clean up after themselves and immediately leave. Did we, as teenagers deserve this harsh treatment?

Seeing as it was high school students who trashed the establishment, disrespected the staff workers, and caused such a public disturbance that police had to be alerted of our very presence, the answer is yes.

We are deserving of restrictions in fast-food places because of past behavioral problems we have created.

It is not a matter of the business being discriminatory toward us because of our age, but only wanting to protect their building from being trashed, and employees, and other customers from being harassed.

So far this football season, Cal High and San Ramon Valley students have been told to remove their sweatshirts displaying their school colors before entering In-N-Out.

Students  have willingly complied thus far, but how long until another food fight breaks out?

And when it does, will In-N-Out consider closing its doors to high schoolers on Friday nights for good?

We may find out next Friday night when Cal and Monte Vista play. The intense school rivalry, combined with the allure of animal-style double-doubles and Neapolitan shakes, makes a food fight afterwards seem inevitable.

So, when students start another food fight, don’t be surprised if we get banned from In-N-Out on Friday nights for good.