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TX Family Kicked Out Of 'Family Friendly' Applebee's

4:08 PM, Sep 19, 2013   |    comments
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The parents of Ryan and Ethan Gau say they feel "heartbroken" and "disrespected" after being kicked out of an Applebee's in Gaty, Texas, over their children's behavior.

Eli Gau and his wife Lillian Maliti brought their 3-year-old and 1-year-old sons there for dinner Sunday night.

"They're kind of active," Gau said. "They act like children. They're not adults."

When his three-year-old wandered off, Gau went to get him.

"As I was grabbing him and coming back, the manager was walking to me," said Gau.

Gau said the manager told him that the children were making too much noise, and then called the authorities and told the entire family to leave.

Alan Bernstein, Direct of Public Affairs with the Harris County Sheriff's Office told WFMY News 2 that a deputy responded to the restaurant and gave the family a citizens information card. Bernstein said there was no confrontation with the family and they were not issued a warning.

The restaurant, that markets itself as a "family-friendly" place, has apologized for the incident.

An Applebee's spokesperson said the management team had mishandled the situation.

The restaurant also invited the family to come back and offered them free passes for dinner, but Gau said his family will not be returning.

"I feel very sad," Gau said.

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