The teens of today are more well-behaved than generations past — apparently they're too busy Snapchatting to get into much real trouble. Nonetheless, that hasn't stopped a KFC location in the UK from banning the under-18 crowd from the premises.
According to the Daily Express, kids who visit the KFC in Meir Park, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire must be accompanied by an adult if they want to eat in the restaurant; otherwise, they'll have to take that greasy fried chicken to go. The restaurant introduced the ageist policy "due to trouble between gangs of warring teenagers" in the area; a recent fight between two dozen teens resulted in eight arrests and the seizure of two guns. An area McDonald's was actually the first to enact a ban on teens, and KFC soon followed suit. "The way some of these youngsters act can be scary for staff," the restaurant's manager told the Express. "People shouldn't have to experience that."
Of course, bands of rowdy teens swarming fast-food restaurants are hardly a UK-only problem: Last year a McDonald's in Pennsylvania banned kids and teens from entering without an adult chaperone, and a Taco Bell in California decided to shutter during after-school hours to deter visits from groups of kids. Unruly teens may have to find somewhere else to loiter after school, but at least respectable adult diners will be able to enjoy their Double Downs and Quesalupas in peace.