I was eating lunch at Papa Del's today with a couple of friends. At some point, a small family came in with a toddler. The toddler had a Happy Meal from McDonald's. Their waiter informed them that no outside food was allowed in the restaurant. The family protested, "It's just a kid; he can't eat anything from here; give me a break; that's ridiculous," and so on.
After a minute or two of this, some random guy on the other side of the dining room shouts, "That's bullshit!" He stood up and marched across the dining room, chest puffed up, and inserted his opinion into the conflict. "That's bullshit," he reasserted. "You can tell your manager that I'm never going to eat here again. And I'll tell all of my friends that are parents to never eat here, too."
Ahh, my hero, sweeping in to save the fair maiden. I will be eating there again (or maybe not, since I'm moving). Restaurants (and their lawyers) have to cover their asses; no outside food is standard policy at most establishments. Plus they have awesome deep dish pizza.
[Imported comment* originally authored by aaron.] awesome pizza, asstastic service
[Imported comment* originally authored by Sara.] I had a mother on the phone on friday tell me that her brother in law will not be donating his 'thousands of dollars' to the university now that she was not able to get her son into basketball camp. It seems like your 'bullshit' guy and this mom are in the same mindframe.....
[Imported comment* originally authored by E.] Yeah, we always try to choose something off the menu, for Aidan, at any restaurant we choose to patronize. It can be really hard though.....when your child can't eat 99% of the items on the "Kids Menu" due to a very restricted diet. Businesses, like private schools can mostly set their own rules. Shit, if Aidan can eat off the menu, then chances are that toddler could.
[Imported comment* originally authored by Iffy.] I think the no outside food being standard policy is debatable. Unless explicitly stated I don't really give a crap what they say. I don't think in anyway it would be considered common knowledge.
It doesn't do them any good to not let me in...I'm not coming in anyways. Why not let me come in and realize what I'm missing? Are they afraid that other customers will be drawn away from them?
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