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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:34 AM

I've just gotta share this ...

Mrs. 1StrongBlackMan and I try to go out for dinner at least once a week, usually on Friday ... gotta keep the economy going. We chose Red Lobster ... I know, we're supposed to hate them after this ObamaCare thing. But never-the-less, that's where we chose ... and I'm kinda glad we did.

We were seated in a pretty comfortable spot and proceeded to talk about our day. Our Waitress came over and began to take our order. From her speak pattern, Mrs. 1StrongBlackMan and I knew that Red Lobster had done a wonderful thing ... They had hired a person with a cognitive disability.

Although we had to repeat our order more than once and we had to wait for our water, Holly ... was very pleasant and had a great sense of humor, and she was trying very hard to please us.

However, the people at the next table over were real a$$holes with her ... they made a real fuss because she couldn't seem to get that they wanted a Strawberry Pina Colada AND a Crown on the Rocks, she brought the Colada without the Crown and had to go back for it. It delayed their drinking, maybe 2 minutes. She was very apologetic but that was not enough for this couple ... the raised so much hell that the manager came out and switched out her to another table.

Mrs. 1StrongBlackMan and I overheard everything that had happened and Mrs. 1StrongBlackMan was pi$$ed that this couple was treating the waitress so poorly. So when the manager went around to all of the other tables that Holly was serving, asking about her service, Mrs. 1StrongBlackMan made a point of saying how much so enjoyed Holly as a server. Mrs. 1StrongBlackMan also made a point to tell the manager that she knew that the couple next to us had complained, and told him that they were intolerant a$$holes (and Mrs. 1StrongBlackMan does not swear ... ever). Mrs. 1StrongBlackMan ended the discussion with the manager saying that we had real problems with Darden's anti-ObamaCare stance, but with the retraction and this franchise's having made the decision to take a chance on Holly, we would forgive them and would be returning every Friday and requesting Holly as a Server.

(I didn't even know Mrs. 1StrongBlackMan had been following the darden thing)

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1StrongBlackMan Dec 2012 OP
niyad Dec 2012 #1
1StrongBlackMan Dec 2012 #6
Canuckistanian Dec 2012 #2
Agschmid Dec 2012 #3
delta17 Dec 2012 #4
Th1onein Dec 2012 #5
lunasun Dec 2012 #7
Th1onein Dec 2012 #9
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #17
Th1onein Dec 2012 #25
Rowdyboy Dec 2012 #8
lexw Dec 2012 #10
mnhtnbb Dec 2012 #11
mmonk Dec 2012 #19
Prometheus Bound Dec 2012 #12
narnian60 Dec 2012 #14
Revlon10 Dec 2012 #13
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #16
DonRedwood Dec 2012 #22
Walk away Dec 2012 #15
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #18
Wounded Bear Dec 2012 #20
narnian60 Dec 2012 #23
DonRedwood Dec 2012 #21
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #26
Sekhmets Daughter Dec 2012 #24

Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:37 AM

1. thank you for sharing this.

you two were remarkably patient with the idiot customers. I would have been tempted to spill a very hot bowl of soup on one of them. (was going to say dump my wine, but would never do that to wine)

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Response to niyad (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:52 AM

6. Yeah ...

I stood up twice, but Mrs. 1StrongBlackMan would allow me to read these a$$holes.

And dumping wine? Why that's alcohol abuse!

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:40 AM

2. What a nice thing to do

I personally think we demand way too much from minimum wage employees these days.

And a little patience is something we all need to learn, especially when those others are serving US.

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Response to Canuckistanian (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:42 AM

3. Yes we do.

Agree completely.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:44 AM

4. Good on you

I've never been a server, but I'm sure it is a tough job. Some people obviously have never worked in customer service.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:51 AM

5. Red Lobster buys their fried shimp pre-breaded from Sam's Club

I wouldn't eat there again if they paid me. Shit for food and outlandish prices for it. Absolutely NOT worth it.

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Response to Th1onein (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 01:59 AM

7. I had to go there once in a group and I could not find one thing on the menu

to eat and I absolutely love fish!!
terrible
what absolute crap food

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Response to lunasun (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 02:30 AM

9. Pre-breaded and frozen, shrimp from a BAG. That's not seafood.

I could get better shrimp from Popeye's Chicken. They SUCK.

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Response to Th1onein (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:53 AM

17. And I think their food is wonderful

Maybe because I don't eat anything breaded.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #17)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:34 PM

25. And you obviously don't mind frozen seafood, either.

Their seafood is not fresh. I'm from the Gulf Coast and I know the difference between fresh seafood and frozen crap.

And, by the way, it doesn't matter if something is breaded or not. If you're going to sell something and call it "fresh," why not tell the damned truth and sell "fresh" seafood? And sell something that you put a little effort into, instead of buying it pre-breaded and frozen from a Sam's Club?

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 02:22 AM

8. The older my partner and I get, the more vocal and demanding we seem to become... Glad to see

we're not the only ones!

You guys sound like people we'd enjoy having lunch with....

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 03:02 AM

10. I tried to understand this, but got lost. :(

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 06:37 AM

11. My son--who has a vision impairment--was just fired from a wait staff job

at a new restaurant that just opened in town. He took the job--after turning down
a full-time job that would have started two weeks sooner--and was fired after one
week. The owner told him 'he'd had some bad reviews'. He also had some
terrific reviews from customers and he was never 'stiffed' on a tip.

I've advised my son he should contact the EEOC to look into filing a complaint
against the restaurant for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

My son, btw, graduated with highest honors--with a double major (German and Comparative
Literature) and Phi Beta Kappa from UNC last May. He's taking a year off
while he decides on the focus for graduate studies. He's applied for a Fulbright
Scholarship to do original research in Berlin next year.

He's perfectly capable of handling a waiter's position--but he needs some extra
help and time in learning where things are and identifying things by shape.
He is legally blind and sees with his peripheral vision--which means he'll never
drive--but just because it takes him a little longer to learn his physical environment
doesn't mean he can't handle waiting on a table of customers and giving them
a pleasant dining experience.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:19 AM

19. Where do you live?

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 06:41 AM

12. I'm very forgiving as well to waiters having problems.

I always leave a good tip and a smile no matter what.

You never know what's going on.

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Response to Prometheus Bound (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 09:56 AM

14. Thank you, Prometheus. From the wait staff of the world.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 07:55 AM

13. Stop supporting chains

Stop supporting chains. Support mom and pop businesses. Just because they hired one girl, is still not a good excuse to go to their restaurant, if you want to really support her, support places that don't cheat their employees health care.

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Response to Revlon10 (Reply #13)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:52 AM

16. There isn't always a mom and pop restaurant available.

They are closing here where I live and our only choice in many neighborhoods is a chain.

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Response to Revlon10 (Reply #13)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:41 AM

22. Welcome to DU Revlon!

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:41 AM

15. Like so many others, I put myself through college waiting on tables.

There will always be people that treat you like crap and any shithead can get you fired any time. I can't even imagine what it would be like for someone who needed more time to complete a task to deal with the great American public! I hope all of the Hollys in the world learn to take it in stride and remember that it's just one step on the ladder that leads to their future.

P.S. I love the StrongBlackMans! You guys should have a cable show!

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:56 AM

18. I've noticed one of our regional grocery stores has quite a few disabled employees.

And they seem to be treated well.

Hopefully this restaurant learned a lesson from your wife. Good job.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:22 AM

20. You can tell a whole lot about a person's character by how they treat the staff....

Just sayin'.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #20)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 02:53 PM

23. Absolutely!!

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:39 AM

21. I went to Walmart in October

I had to buy some emergency clothes for a student and I knew they would have the cheapest and I didn't have very much money. (and, before you all lecture me, goodwill would have been an option usually but I needed underwear and I won't buy those used for a student.)

So, my point is, I can't lecture you about Red Lobster, since I've been bad and went to Walmart recently.

But that is great about Miss Holly. I LOVE it when I see businesses that accept everybody like that.

So, I'm curious, how much did 1MrsStrongBlackMan's leave for a tip? I'm guessing Miss Holly made some really good tips because of those asshats.

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Response to DonRedwood (Reply #21)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:05 PM

26. Our wal-Mart has hired a young man with disabilities.

He has been at the store for several years now.
He is in a wheelchair, and seems to have muscle difficulty, cannot sit up straight, but can and does always smile and talk to customers.
Since this is a very small town, it appears a lot of people know him by now.

Many years ago, it was my job here to help our disabled clients at the Mental Health Center get jobs in the community.
I always found the local businesses were very supportive.
Of course, the nice thing about a small Southern town is that no one would be openly rude to anyone, esp. a disabled person.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 07:01 PM

24. Great story....

Mrs. 1StrongBlackMan deserves an extra

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