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Dad Furious Over Father’s Day Restaurant Bill That Curses Out His Kid

Posted by on Jun. 19, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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Dad Furious Over Father’s Day Restaurant Bill That Curses Out His Kid

by Adriana Velez

friendlysJoe Gibson thought he'd had a perfectly good Father's Day dinner with his four-year-old son. They's just enjoyed some chicken, soda, and fries at a Friendly's in St. Louis when Gibson got his bill. There, underneath the wing sauce and a charge for the boy's chicken leg, someone had added a special, profanity-laced item that seemed directed specifically at Gibson's young son -- and it's wasn't very nice at all. "F*CKIN NEEDY KIDS." Uh, happy Father's Day to you, too, Friendly's employee!

Naturally, Gibson was furious. He confronted the manager, who told him that little note at the bottom was just a little joke, heh heh, mistakenly printed out. The waitress was in a hurry. He apologized. But Gibson wasn't satisfied, and posted the bill on Facebook. I was all ready to be outraged on his behalf... that is, until I got a few more details.

Here's the thing. That Friendly's is a bar that serves customers 21 or older. They weren't even supposed to allow Gibson's son in the place. Not only that, they bent the rules again and gave Gibson's son an extra piece of chicken. The manager made these exceptions because what the hell, it's Father's Day and the guys eating out with his son, you know? But maybe that caused a little resentment among the staff.

Anyway, I think if a restaurant where you're not even supposed to bring your child welcomes you anyway and gives your child an extra piece of chicken, maybe you shouldn't make such a fuss over a rude remark on your bill. I've never been to St. Louis, but I assume they have other restaurants where children are welcome. It's a big city. I can't imagine Friendly's chicken is something so spectacular that it's worth breaking the rules. 

So Gibson kind of lost my sympathy. I still think it was a rude thing to write on the bill, but come on. Complain to the manager and then move on with your life! Show your son how a grown-up man behaves.


Do you think Gibson had a right to be angry about the note on his bill?

by on Jun. 19, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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by Anonymous 1 on Jun. 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM
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Eh...If the restuarant didn't want to deal with his "needy kid" they shouldn't have bent their rules in the first place.  If he had forced his way in and stood on tables screaming for more chicken, yeah he'd lose points.  But to be told by staff "Oh, we'll make a special exception!" then be treated with such disgrace is just rude and I would be pissed, too.  I don't think I'd take it to FB, but I'd make sure they knew without a doubt how upset I was and that if THEY say it is OK, how am I to know any different?  (BTW, as a former waitress, adding that second piece of chicken is as easy as telling the cook to make an extra piece.  If I charge for it, it's as easy as typing it into the register with everything else.  Adding a peice of chicken doesn't require moving heaven and earth.)

by Member on Jun. 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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Umm..I think he had a right to be angry and I think the place had a right to tell him kids aren't welcome in there and to take his business elsewhere.  As for it being posted on fb, everything they should've known that would be too.

by on Jun. 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM
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Im sorry, I dont care if the kid should have been in there or not, I'd be calling their home office and chewing them out. If they didnt want the kid in there, if it was against policy, he should have been turned away. That behavior is UNACCEPTABLE and unprofessional, and there is nothing that justifies it. If they want to say it behind the guy's back, in the kitchen, whatever, thats their business because everyone is entitled to complain about annoying customers, but there is NO WAY I would allow a business to get away with writing that on my bill-not only was it insulting, they cursed at him! How is that okay just because they had to 'accomodate' him when they techinically DIDNT! They could easily have told him his child wasnt welcome in a bar! They made that choice and should have behaved professionally. And wow, a whole extra piece of chicken. Let me bow down and grovel because they made another exception. Seriously? That excuses this BS in your eyes?
I wouldnt have posted it on Facebook, thats stupid; I would have called their home office as I already said.

by Member on Jun. 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM

I would be upset too.

by Silver Member on Jun. 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM


by Silver Member on Jun. 19, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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The restaurant allowed his son in and gave the son and extra piece of chicken on their own. They didn't have to, they chose to. Just like the waitress chose to place a demeaning remark on the ticket. The father has every right to be angry. Maybe he shouldn't have brought his son there, but if that was an issue, the restaurant should have handled it correctly and notify the father of their rule and ask him politely to leave. before he was seated and served. Since they allowed it, the manager now should deal with an unprofessional waitstaff.

by Bronze Member on Jun. 19, 2013 at 2:40 PM
Regardless they were talking about his kid. I damn sure would have a free meal. Its stupid.
by Silver Member on Jun. 19, 2013 at 3:53 PM
They shouldn't have done that.
by Member on Jun. 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM

I would be extreamly angry myself. Weather they bent the rules or not do not write that. Come on people.

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by Gold Member on Jun. 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM
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Yes, he had a right to be upset. They weren't supposed to be there BUT the restaurant decided to serve them. Nobody forced the restaurant to serve them. Since it was their decision to serve them, then they should have provided good service, including not insulting them on the check. If they were going to be annoyed to serve them they could have refused to do so. It's kind of rude to let them in and then have that attitude about it.

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