No Kids Allowed: Parents expose discrimination from businesses

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EAST HARLEM (PIX11)– What’s the message if there are no high chairs, no bathroom changing tables and only a steep set of stairs to get into a place?

PIX11 wired one New York City mom to see what parents like her face and found that maybe New York should give them a break.

Carrie Pink and daughter Summer showed up trying to get a hair appointment at an East Harlem salon.

“So sorry,” one hair-stylist said. “No baby, no baby.”

Carrie is Eddie Junior’s and once the stylists spot her tiny tot.

“No I’m sorry we can’t have baby,” one stylist said. “Customer want nice space.”

“They cry,” she continued. “They don’t like it here.”

Carrie and Summer are told kids aren’t allowed and it says so here right on a wall where they posted a sign insisting to leave your child at home.

But according to a New York City law enacted in 1993 to prevent age discrimination, no business can ban children — or anyone of any age.

“We do not like to have them in the salon,” Eddie Rodriguez, a store owner said. “If you’re going to get hair dye for you to be in the salon for a couple of hours, it’s not cool  to have them in the salon breathing the same air.”

Rodriguez is in the minority in New York trying to kick out kids but there are plenty of businesses banning babies across the nations.

When Pink went to a Flatbush joint with her family she was turned away there as well.

“They said you have to wait 45 minutes to an hour and I said ‘why?’,” Pink said. “You have tables here that are open and they said ‘no we are not allowed to push those tables’,”.

She said that they only offered one table in the back that was being used.

Not illegal, but not family friendly. Pink was told an elevator at Columbia University was off-limits for strollers.

“I was absolutely shocked,” Pink said. “They asked me are you in a wheelchair, I said no I have a stroller.”

“And they said ‘you can’t use this elevator’,” Pink said.

Mom Cindi Avila faced it riding the bus with her 3-year-old daughter Alexia who delights in dipping a Metrocard.

“The bus driver was like no time for that,” Avila said. “She was already done by the time the sentence was done.”

Avila decided to question the driver, with video rolling, why a 3-year-old can’t pay with a Metrocard.

“I’m not rude to passengers,” the bus driver replied. “I state the rules.”

Only problem there isn’t rule that kids can’t dip the Metrocard and more likely it was a bus driver having a very bad day, who was disciplined.

But it lead to a broken heart for little Alexia, who felt sad after she got on the bus.

Even shopping can be a roadblock for moms.

“They need a ramp,” Dana Gourte from Tribeca said. “And the curbs need to be lowered.”

Leading moms to remind us we should all be able to enjoy the best of New York.

“You should be able to experience the fullness of New York City,” Pink said. “You shouldn’t be limited because you have a child with you.”

Since 1993, discriminating against kids has been illegal in NYC and subject to a hefty fine up to $250,000.

To file a discrimination complaint in NYC: http://www.nyc.gov/html/cchr/html/complaint/filing-complaint.shtml

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