26 July 2009

I'm pretty sure Nikon likes babies

I want to quickly address this #nikonhatesbabies twitter drama. I was there. Maria and I were standing outside the bar when the woman (whom I do not personally know), brought her young infant, in a bucket carrier, to the party. The bouncer told her that her baby would not be allowed in the bar. As someone who worked in that industry for many years, I suspect that the bar legally is not allowed to have anyone under 21 in the bar, however unlikely they are to drink. It's a liquor licensing issue, and if Alcoholic Beverage Control were to come, they could get cited, fined, or lose their license.

What I observed was the bar and Nikon staff respectfully and apologetically telling a mother that her child was not allowed in a bar. I would think that any mother would assume that this would be the case. Regardless of that, the baby was in a bucket seat at waist level. The party was dark, loud and crowded. A child in a bulky contraption in that kind of environment is just waiting to get bumped into, or to have a drink spilled on its head. I don't think it was a safe place for an infant, and I would never consider bringing mine. It's ludicrous to say that based on this there's a PR person at Nikon who deserves to be fired. They handled it professionally.
I'm sorry if the mother who was turned away had her night ruined by that, I mean, I get it, it sucks when you can't go somewhere without nailing down a babysitter. That said, what she should have done was ask if she could bring her child, because I never assume my son is welcome at cocktail parties, and I know for a fact that he is not welcome in venues from which he is legally prohibited.

So let's all unbunch our panties and move on. It was a fun party, I'm sorry if you couldn't find a sitter.

12 comments:

  1. 1001% right on this. Well said from 1st-hand experience.

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  2. I was at the party and agree with your assessment. Even if legal issues didn't come into play, the party was dark and crowded, neither ideal nor safe for a baby.

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  3. i agree with your assessment mon cherie, which i could have been there

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  4. Rock on mama.

    It makes me so sad that a company who essentially did everything right at this party is at the receiving end of a misguided pile-on campaign. Even the mom herself has called it an understand and behaved with grace and class.

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  5. Uh....yeeeeah. So let me get this straight...a woman tried to take her infant into a crowded posh Chicago bar and they wouldn't let her in so now she's ticked off?

    Huh.

    I got nuthin'.

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  6. OK I wasn't there, and I am sure there are far more comments than the several hundred I paged back and read. I agree with you completely. There is a time and place for infants, and that was NOT it. What surprises me is the number of fucktards who think it's completely appropriate to take their children anywhere they damned please. You see it everywhere, and it couldn't be more disgusting. People are so clueless and selfish they would rather take their babies into loud, dirty, potentially dangerous situations (for the baby) or be a nuisance or inconvenience to other people, than stay at home with the child.

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  7. Thanks for the clarification, I saw all the Tweets and was thinking "Really? C'mon people. This isn't Upstate NY where it's not unheard of for a baby to be in a bar on a week night if the parents are there for dinner..."

    I feel bad for Nikon...they just chose a poor venue for such an event. Next year!

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  8. I bet the kid was already drunk and surly anyway.

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  9. Nikon may not hate babies, but I do.

    #auntbeckyhatesbabies

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  10. Yeah, those infants can get so rowdy, and before you know it, a brawl breaks out! The bouncers were so right to turn the kid away ;)

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  11. Makes sense to me. Besides, why would a company like Nikon hate babies, when there are thousands of people who have purchased their cameras (professionals and otherwise) to take pictures of babies?

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