Alabama Olive Garden Doesn’t Let Kiwanis Display American Flag
I think the Oxford, AL Kiwanis will be looking for a different place for their next banquet, after the way they were treated by their local Olive Garden.
…80-year-old Marti Warren of Anniston said she wasn’t allowed to bring an American flag into an Olive Garden for a planned Kiwanis Club banquet in the east Alabama town of Oxford.
Note, please, the corporation’s weaselly response:
Officials with the parent company of Olive Garden restaurants say they’re sorry if a decision regarding an Alabama Kiwanis club’s desire to display the American flag caused any concern.
Note, they’re not sorry they made the decision, they’re just sorry that it may have caused concern. In short, they believe that their decision was correct, but they think they need to make something that sounds something like an apology to keep customers from avoiding them.
However, that’s pretty much nullified by something appearing later in the statement:
“To be fair to everyone and avoid disrupting the dining experience for all other guests, they’re unable to accommodate flags or banners of any type in the dining room,” according to the statement.
So, the American flag might be disruptive in an American restaurant. I hope they don’t make local police officers take any American flags off their uniforms before they sit down to eat.
I think I’ll not give any Darden Restaurants any of my business for the near future, which includes:
- Seasons 52
- Red Lobster
- Olive Garden
- Bahama Breeze
- The Old Grist Mill Tavern
- LongHorn Steakhouse
- The Capital Grille