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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-22-10 05:26 PM
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Discrimination in a restaurant
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This was just so timely given the uproar this week about Rand Paul's idiocy.

There's a local TV show in the bay area called "Check, Please" where three locals submit a restaurant for review by the other two. The three then go to all three restaurants (not together; with their own parties) and then all meet back to discuss how it went.

On this episode there were two men and one woman. One man was an older white guy; the other two guests were not older white men (the man was a young Filipino; the woman was part Filipino).

The restaurant the the older white guy recommended was some old-school institution that's been around in SF for probably a century. It's basically a steak and seafood house. The video showing the restaurant showed that the great majority of patrons were older white men.

So imagine my shock when only one of the guests had a good experience there! And yes, I mean the older white guy.

The young Filipino man complained that the food was not seasoned well. The woman also had this complaint. But during the conversation, some other revealing aspects were discussed.

The woman, after being lead down the hallway with the nice private booths on both sides, was seated at a table next to the kitchen. Fine, somebody has to sit there, but don't tell me that it isn't calculated.

When the subject of their sourdough bread came up, which apparently is one of the great hallmarks for this restaurant, the young Filipino man said that he didn't try it, was there supposed to be bread on every table? Yes, came the reply. None on his table, he said.

Not once was the issue of racism brought up and yet it was so painful to watch because it was so obvious what the unspoken assessment was!

I was sickened watching this. I was embarrassed for the two patrons who were obviously not treated as well as the older white guy was at the same establishment.

I won't name the place, but I'm sure a few Googles would get you there, if interested.

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