Restaurant enforces age restriction

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Update: 7:04 pm, 5/7/19, Tuesday 

RANTOUL, Ill. (WCIA) — You’ll now need an adult to go with you if you’re headed to Dunkin’ Donuts in Rantoul in the afternoon. 

This affects anyone under 18 after 1 p.m. It’s because of issues with kids hanging out at that spot after school. Police say those kids can get disruptive or rude. They’ve even destroyed property. 

Police say it was Dunkin’ Donut’s decision to make the change. They met with police last week. Police say the restaurant is at its witt’s end. 

They’re not the only ones frustrated. That whole stretch of road on South Century Boulevard struggles with the same issue. 

Rantoul police say they’ve gotten 26 juvenile-related calls over the past 6 months for that section of town. 13 of those calls have specifically involved Dunkin’ Donuts. 
    
“Dunkin’ Donuts has really bent over backwards, has really gone above what they needed to do. They tried to remedy this by providing them free coffee at one point, they let them sit in the Dunkin Donuts. Oftentimes what they got in exchange for their kindness was destruction of their property, fighting in the store, unruliness,” said Rantoul Police Chief Tony Brown. 

Dunkin’ Donuts didn’t want to comment on the change. Police say they’ll be following up with the restaurant to see how it goes. 

A lot of the kids come to that area because it’s easy to walk there from school. That’s why police think the issue will die down during the summer. 
    
Rantoul Express Lube is right across the street from Dunkin’. They said kids sometimes hang around on their parking lot. Their solution is to just ask them to leave. 
    
Subway said they don’t allow anyone inside their restaurant if they aren’t buying anything, but they wanted to clarify that that’s the way they operate at all of their locations. 

This is not the first time Dunkin’ Donuts in Rantoul made changes. Several months ago, they closed their seating area after 3 p.m. because of the same issues. 

Rantoul police also added extra patrols at the end of February. They said these efforts didn’t put a stop to the problem. 

Original: 5:07 am, 5/7/19, Tuesday 

RANTOUL, Ill. (WCIA) — No one under 18 can enter one business unless he or she is with a parent.

Many students from JW Eater Junior High School go to Dunkin Donuts after school. But workers say some students get too rowdy and they have to get the police involved.

A post on the school’s Facebook page says the restaurant’s owners met with officers Monday to talk about the issues. The restriction takes effect at 1 pm each day.

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