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