We went to an indoor playground today. We brought our own snacks of fruit and crackers. We were stopped by a staff member, the conversation went something like this:
Staff: We have a no out side food rule, and you brought your own food.
Me: I have a child with food allergies
Staff: Peanut allergy, we have snack foods, no outside food.
Me: No, milk protein allergy, allergies are a disability, and your food can not accommodate her.
Staff: Our rule is no out side food.
Me: If you want you can bring me your allergy guide, with cross contamination information, or you could learn more about accommodating people with special needs. As my child has the right, as a person with a special need to be accommodated.
She left a little while later. A manager came, and said that we could eat our own food, and that we were approached because of their policy.
She asked us next time we come, to inform the front desk that we brought our own food, because of an allergy, and no one will approach us.
I have in the past gotten permission usually by E mail to bring our own food, to places that have a "no outside food" signs.
Lately we have only had to say we have food allergies, and staff then leave us to eat our own food. Usually with a smile!