I am a manager for a live outdoor theater that has a variety of shows throughout the summer season. The theater company that brings its shows in from June through September has a strict rule that no children under 5 are admitted to their shows.
The other night I was standing in the back of the theater when I noticed a woman standing against the wall with a very large lump under her coat. She was swaying side to side the way a mother would do with her baby. I had a sneaking suspicion that something was off but wasn't sure how to approach her. Sure enough, during the intermission I saw a very small baby poking out from under her coat. I approached her and asked her a few questions about the child. He was four weeks old and very cute.
It also turned out that she was a relative of one of the leading actors in the show. He had brought a group in to picnic in our lobby and and was informed that there were no children under 5 and we were told by another one of the group members that she would be taking the children home with her.
I asked the woman with the 4 week-old if she could please remain in the lobby for the rest of the show as there are no children under 5 allowed at the performance. She complied.
Is there a polite way to inquire if someone is hiding a baby under their clothing? Was this the best way to handle this?