Samuel Smith Brewery’s bizarre rules banning children, dogs and phones leave customers outraged


A pub has sparked outrage among its customers after introducing a string of bizarre rules, including a ban on mobile phones and swearing.

The Boot and Shoe Old Brewery, owned by the Samuel Smith Brewery in Tockwith, UK, has stuck signs in the window announcing several new harsh rules which have sparked an angry response from customers.

“We wish to inform all of our customers that we have introduced a zero tolerance policy against swearing in all our pubs,” the signage reads.

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“Please kindly respect this policy.”

A UK pub’s bizarre rules banning children, dogs and phones has left customers outraged and confused. Credit: leonlen/Twitter

The pub also has also asked customers to remove any “muddy boots” and “work shoes” before entering the pub, and stipulates all “transmission and reception devices” are not allowed to be used inside the premises, meaning that no mobile phones are allowed.

“The ban includes receiving or sending texts, taking or viewing photographs, emailing, using games, apps, Google, Facebook, Messenger, etc, etc,” the sign read.

The pub’s management explained the reason for the technology ban was because they wanted the pub to be “a haven for social conversation”.

In addition to these rules, children also will not be permitted to be inside the pub and must be accompanied by an adult if they do go in to use the toilet.

Children will be allowed in the beer garden “for the time being” but they must stay at the table and are not allowed to run around. Children must also leave the premises by 8pm.

Lastly, dogs are now not allowed inside the pub, and are only permitted to be on the grounds “provided they are attended and under control at all times”.

The pub said the reason for the technology ban was because they wanted the pub to be “a haven for social conversation”.  Credit: Google Maps

“It’s a brewery decision to ban them,” a spokesperson for the pub told the UK’s Daily Star.

Many customers took to social media, after the rules were posted on Twitter, to express their anger at the pub’s recent announcements.

“Trying really hard to put themselves out of business aren’t they. And I like their pubs!” someone tweeted.

“What if you want to order an Uber to get home?” another asked.

“What CAN you do in a Smith’s pub? Break wind?” someone joked.

“Seems like they’ve got everything covered there, except maybe a no breathing policy. I love Sam Smith’s beer but fail to understand why they want to treat their customers like primary school children?” another tweeted.

“That sounds like a rather depressing pub … bloody hell … are you allowed drink alcohol in it,” someone said.

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