According to the Brooklyn Paper, Bedford Hill Coffee Bar now has a Saturday night happy hour offering parents $1 off drinks for every kid they have. “One night, there was a dad in here and another couple, and they were all talking about how hard it was to raise kids,” said owner Allison Stuart. “That’s when I decided we needed to have some kind of happy hour for parents.”
Stuart is a reasonable adult, though, and rather than encouraging people to tote kids along to a crowded bar ("That defeats the purpose of happy hour," she says), is willing to accept photo evidence in lieu of the physical presence of children.
So, tentatively, I think we can rule this as "not a terrible thing," and maybe just a nice thing to do for people who have kids. The true villain here is the Brooklyn Paper, for describing children as "kiddlywinks." That is a fucking abomination.
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