UK – Natasha Bent tried to light the candles on a home-made cake for little Oscar Barlow.
But workers intervened and said the ceremony had to be SUPERVISED by one of them.
They also insisted it must be held in a specific area of the Rumble Tumble play centre in Hanley, Staffs, due to health and safety regulations.
An argument broke out and Natasha, 27, and her family were forced to light the candles in the car park.
Things got worse when police arrived on the scene after a female worker claimed she had been intimidated.
Natasha said: “All we wanted to do was sing Happy Birthday and have Oscar blow out the candles. We tried to reason with a staff member, but she said we were bullying her and told us to leave. Oscar and the other children cried when the police came.”
Natasha’s partner David Meir, 32, said: “I laughed when the police said we’d been accused of intimidation. We weren’t acting aggressively.”
A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “Advice was given to all involved.” Rumble Tumble declined to comment.