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A pub landlord has been pressured to unapologetically defend a ‘canine pleasant, little one free’ coverage signal which has brought on a stir. The signal, which reads: “Dog Friendly, Child Free” was positioned exterior the Lower Red Lion on Fishpool Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire.

Landlord David Worcester has justified his stance following a surge of on-line consideration after being accused of “hating children”. Speaking to BBC Three Counties Radio, he expressed his astonishment on the widespread response: “I was surprised it went quite as far as it did,” he mentioned.

It obtained greater than 75 million reactions. Mr Worcester clarified that he has “no objection to children in any other pub, ever, I just don’t want them in mine”. He added that his is the only pub within the neighborhood that does not welcome youngsters.

After the signal’s picture circulated on X, public opinion was divided, with some accusing the pub proprietor of “hating children”. An X person commented: “Dog people are making me hate dogs,” whereas one other added: “Why has it become socially acceptable to literally hate children? “.

In the wake of the controversy, the Hertfordshire publican revealed that the majority of the criticism has been from throughout the pond, sustaining his institution’s no-children coverage for over a decade, experiences the Mirror.

Speaking to Jonathan Vernon-Smith, he defined that this rule has been in place “for about 11 years” and was additionally enforced at one other pub he beforehand ran.

The contentious signal was erected following complaints from patrons about unclear insurance policies concerning youngsters on the premises. Mr Worcester elaborated: “I just want to create an environment where my customers can sit and relax, it only takes one child to kick off and that spoils it for absolutely everybody.”

“We’ve got upwards of 40 pubs in St Albans, all of which are child friendly, most are dog friendly, I believe I’m the only one in the area that isn’t.”

Mr Worcester has been inundated with messages accusing him of being anti-child. He clarified: “I have no objection to children in any other pub, ever, I just don’t want them in mine. I enjoy a game of pool but I don’t want a pool table in here either.”

Despite the backlash, Mr Worcester conceded that the incident has introduced “good publicity” to his pub. He recounted how one patron even travelled from Worcester to help his enterprise, and he expressed gratitude in the direction of his regulars and local people for standing by him.