Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Well. That's a Shame

I love(d) the Olive Garden. I would go whenever feasible. I gave gift cards for this chain. I was thrilled when a branch finally opened within 20 miles of us just a few months ago!

And today, I read that in it's questionable wisdom, displaying the AMERICAN FLAG was deemed as potentially "disruptive" to SOME of it's diners and therefore DENIED to a group of Alabama Kiwanas members as they were preparing for a meeting/dinner.

Okay. Don't believe me (and why should you.... it does sound far-fetched) go here:

So,the possibility of a couple of people in ALABAMA being upset and whining or leaving in a fit was more aggravating than accommodating a large group of Kiwanas and EVERYBODY ELSE IN AMERICA that learns about it.

Okay. So, spread the word. And I hope enough people enjoy dining out anywhere else other than the Olive Garden, where "When You Are Here, You're Family*"... *unless you're an American who flies freely the very symbol of her existence.... then you are SOL.

Or better yet...... let's ALL GO and WEAR the American Flag. Then what are they going to do? Ask us to leave?


Kathy said...

"We do not have a policy at Olive Garden concerning bringing the American flag into our restaurants. Some members of our team were misinformed about company policy by our corporate office. As a company we take responsibility for that and we regret it ... we are correcting this so it doesn’t happen again. Like all Americans we have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the American flag and everything it symbolizes, and we welcome anyone who wishes to bring the flag into our restaurants. In fact, we periodically provide American flag collar pins to our employees to wear while serving guests."

They should not allow large group meetings of any kind unless they have a private dining room. Any large group holding a meeting would disrupt my dining experience.

Cats and Quilts said...

Well, that was the 2nd press release issued by Olive Garden. You can follow the link in the post for the original article.

It was not the large group that caused the controversy. It was the flag's presence.

In both cases, any person entering an establishment and finding a disruptive element has the option of staying and accepting or walking with their wallet, but do they also have the right to oust someone else? Where will it end? At what point does one's right terminate to accommodate another's?

And why can't we all just get along?

I think head scarves are disruptive. And nose-piercings and pants that drag below the crack and people who scuffle their damn flip---flops... I can go on...... but I don't believe I have the right to make them go away just because the bother me sensibilities. Crazy, I know..... And fer cryin; out loud... it's the Kiwanis!

Can there BE a more inclusive, helpful, out-reaching organization in the world?

Rotary Club, perhaps?