The Men's Department The Men's Department Blog Home

Dad angered by profanity on restaurant receipt

Joseph Gibson took his son to a St. Louis, Mo., eatery on Father's Day — and found a surprise on the bill.

By Joy Jernigan - MSN Living Editor Jun 19, 2013 12:07AM
rude receiptA dad in St. Louis, Mo., received an unexpected surprise this Father’s Day.

Joseph Gibson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he took his 3-year-old son to Friendly’s Sports Bar & Grill on Sunday. Everything went fine, until the bill came. The receipt listed a soda, fried chicken, an additional chicken leg and this item: “F---in Needy Kids."

Gibson, who said his son was well-behaved while at the restaurant, posted the receipt on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Facebook page and told the newspaper that he was “pretty upset” about the incident.

“So customers with children are a joke?” he wrote on Facebook. “This place isn’t so friendly.”

More from MSN Living: How technology is making us lazy

Denny Domachowski, the restaurant’s general manager, told the newspaper that Gibson had called ahead on Sunday to ask if he could bring his son into the bar.  “Normally, we don’t let anyone in who’s under 21,” Domachowski said. “But the guy said he was with his kid for Father’s Day and they were just leaving the (Missouri) Botanical Garden, so I said 'Sure.'”

Because the restaurant has no kid's menu, the waitress had to manually enter the boy’s order of one chicken leg, Domachowski told CNN. The receipt was meant to be a joke between co-workers and the waitress had intended to delete the message. She has been reprimanded, he said.

Bing: More viral receipts

“The incident shouldn't have happened, and I made sure she understands that,” he said. “She didn't mean to offend the gentleman and his son. She had a good experience with them as customers. She was just in a hurry and forgot to take that off.”

More from The Men’s Department

At last, foolproof gift wrap -- for men

GQ's comprehensive guide to body grooming 
3 fun new parenting books by dads 
Subscribe to The Men's Department

Love content like this? Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and find us on Pinterest.

Photo: Joseph Gibson's profanity-laced receipt from Friendly's Sports Bar & Grill in St. Louis (via Facebook, http://aka.ms/profanityreceipt

Jun 26, 2013 11:49AM

So if children are not normally allowed in there, why does the table number say "KID19"???  Hmmm....


Honestly, she should be fired just for entering that word on business equipment.

Jun 25, 2013 9:23PM
fine until they used a cuss word,,,that is strickly off limits
Jun 25, 2013 9:00PM
Don't care what the child wanted to eat. Man was told son would be allowed, the wait staff is there to wait on people, period. He wanted a sit down meal or he could have gone to Mickey D's and drove through. Do the job, show a pleasant face and get tips, stand in  a drive up window and scowl, and get minimum wages. That is the difference in the business. I think I would fix that machine when nothing can be written in if I was the owner. Don't want you business hurt unfairly, it is easy enough to have customers slam you fair or not.....
Jun 25, 2013 3:33PM

Parents are ignorant! If you are taking your kids out to eat, take them to a kid friendly place. A bar and grill is a place for adults.


This is a common occurrence and has really started to piss everyone off!!


When I walk into the Macaroni Grill I expect to sit at the bar, have a few glasses of wine and eat my shrimp scampi. I should be able to read the paper, and sit there in pleasant quiet atmosphere.


I should not have to put up with two grown women walking into the restaurant with 10 loud obnoxious 6 year olds who ran around the table and screamed the entire time.


All it takes is a little brains people!!!!


Take the kids to Chucky Cheese instead!





Jun 25, 2013 3:19PM
If you notice the receipt, there is no alcholic beverage listed.  My guess is the guy wanted to watch a game on tv.  It happens.  In most bars kids are allowed up until a certain time of the day since bars don't get busy until evening hours anyway.  Granted, its not a family restaurant, but its a place where he can relax with his kid.  At least its better than eating at McDonalds.
Jun 25, 2013 1:45PM

Wait, in one paragraph no one under 20 is allowed, and then the waitress has had good experiences (plural, more then one visit?) with them??? Discrepancies much?





Jun 25, 2013 5:29AM
As both a parent and a 20 year veteran of the serving game, I can see both sides of the debate.

On the one hand, when you have hungry kids who may or may not have wanted something specific- like a chicken leg- you feed the damned kids. Not knowing anything about the bar, the circumstances, and most importantly what constitutes a 'bar' in that part of the country I'm not going to pass judgment on the father. Could he have done better than a place with a solidly adult clientele? Of course. Nevertheless, all the people castigating him and raking him over the coals for 'taking a child to a bar' need to reassess their haughtiness and predisposition to leaping to the attack.

Likewise and on the other hand, I know quite intimately what it's like to have a small child run you ragged with 'I wants'- and not just children, either. Take your typical child of any particular age. Now multiply that by however many seats are in your section. In the average dining room in an average city you've got something in the order of a 1 in 3 chance of getting a legitimate child or a grown up who is going to act like a child. They'll wait, often intentionally, to ask for a single thing at a time instead of giving you a list of items they need. Sometimes a server just needs to get the bile out of their system in a fashion that doesn't- typically- impact the guest in order to continue providing quality service to the entire 16 to 20 seat section of needy children and children in adult bodies they're somehow responsible for.

tl;dr version: Sure, dad should have taken the kid somewhere better and sure, the server should have been more professional. Neither of those minor mistakes is life altering or even really newsworthy.

More tl;dr: WTF ever, who cares.
Jun 25, 2013 4:11AM
It's not "dinning" room it's "dining" room.  They should put more emphasis on educating their staff, both in spelling and appropriate behavior.
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
buzzing now on msn living
relationships videos
editor's picks