A Sydney business has taken to Facebook to share images of their dedicated children's space which was vandalised over the weekend.
In a post on Monday, The Cannery Rosebery, a revamped warehouse space located in inner-sydney, which features restaurants, bars and shops, uploaded photos of damage caused between 5 and 6pm on Saturday.
"Our children's area was vandalised," they wrote. "All the tiles were ripped up, tables overturned, every crayon and pencil broken into pieces, with the cushions and books damaged."
The incident was captured on CCTV, with Cannery staff noting that the damage was done as parents stood watching. "I am sure these parents would not allow this to occur in their own homes".
Explaining that they anticipated the area would be respected as a children's community space, the Cannery wrote," We are so disappointed that this has happened and has called into question whether we can continue to keep the space dedicated for children."
The business has received an outpouring of support with many offering to help rebuild the area.
"This is a very hard post for me because I hate upsetting people and I feel this may do just that, but we have no other option," she wrote at the time. "We are imposing a new rule that clients must not bring children or babies to their appointments."
Ms Fisher explained that in recent times, she and her staff had had up to 10 children in the salon at one time "all unattended, whilst their mothers get treatments done".
"It simply isn't fair to the other clients who have come solo, who for them this is their monthly treat/splurge and want some peace and quiet whilst they have their brows or lashes done," she said.
I have been overwhelmed with the support from my loyal clientele and the general public on my decision to have a child free salon. As a mum and a business owner this decision has not been made lightly so I am grateful at how positive the feedback has been! Please note the children in this photo were removed from the salon at 8.59am 😆
Rather than banning children entirely, a New Zealand salon chose to hike its kids prices to cope with damage inflicted by unsupervised children, including tools dropped and broken, scissors chipped, magazines ripped and their eftpos machine used as toy. .
"All this while the parent or guardian sits there on there phone while we're struggling trying to cut the siblings' hair," said salon owner Jess Hirst. "We also find ourselves in an awkward position having to ask the parent or guardian to please sort their child out."