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10-13-2011 04:27 PM  6 years agoPost 1
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Olive Garden: American flag display would disrupt dining experience

October 12, 2011

AP / WPEC-CBS12.com

ANNISTON, Ala. -- 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.

The comments come after 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.

Warren learned the night of the banquet that she wouldn't be allowed to display the flag or the Kiwanis banner in the restaurant, she said.

"I was so angry," she told WBRC-TV. "I felt like I had been slapped in the face."

Orlando-based parent firm Darden restaurants said in a statement that "like all Americans we have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the American flag and everything it symbolizes."

The Oxford Olive Garden lacks a private dining area, which led to the decision, company officials said.

"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.

Without a flag at the Kiwanis banquet, Warren said she asked club members to close their eyes and picture the flag waving in the wind as they said the pledge of allegiance.

http://www.cbs12.com/articles/garde...l#ixzz1aa6dLDOZ

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10-13-2011 05:04 PM  6 years agoPost 2
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Maybe they should buy a meeting hall, instead of demanding someone else provide one for free.

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10-13-2011 05:08 PM  6 years agoPost 3
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Maybe they should buy a meeting hall, instead of demanding someone else provide one for free.
Read the article again.

Note, it was a banquet.

In other words, they paid for it.

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10-13-2011 05:22 PM  6 years agoPost 4
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Do they own the building?

If not they can go pound sand up their a$$

you too.

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10-13-2011 05:33 PM  6 years agoPost 5
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I have to agree with the spaceman spiff. It is private property and they (Olive Garden) can make their own rules as they see fit (within lawful reason of course).

Now having said that, I dont think they thought the whole thing through. I have a hard time believing that displaying an American Flag in an American based restaurant, in America, with more than likely their customer base being 99% American, would be "disrupting the dining experience for all other guests". At the end of the day, this is nothing more than a very bad PR move by Olive Garden.

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10-13-2011 05:49 PM  6 years agoPost 6
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At the end of the day, this is nothing more than a very bad PR move by Olive Garden.
You got that right.

Someone wanting to run up and down the aisle waving a flag in customers' faces is one thing, but a respectable display while being courteous of others is fine.

In any case, Olive Garden should have been smart enough to take charge of the flag display while assisting the group.

Mark this as dumbbell manager.

90% of life is "showing up"

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10-13-2011 05:51 PM  6 years agoPost 7
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Anyone who has been to any Olive Garden knows it is not set up to be a banquet hall.
this is nothing more than a very bad PR move by Olive Garden.
They should have taken the biatch out in the parking lot and given her a good down home Italian style beat down.

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10-13-2011 06:04 PM  6 years agoPost 8
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Anyone who has been to any Olive Garden knows it is not set up to be a banquet hall.
I've eaten in Olive Garden and they are hardly set up to be a resturant. You could run a band with 76 trombones through the place and not diminish the eating experience.

Sorry Olive Garden lovers...not my favorite place.

90% of life is "showing up"

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10-13-2011 06:16 PM  6 years agoPost 9
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Anyone who has been to any Olive Garden knows it is not set up to be a banquet hall.[quote]
This may be true,but I actually go this exact place and eat..often..and this location has a nice big area in the rear out of the way.I don't see where this could have been a problem.
Mark this as dumbbell manager
agreed.
They should have taken the biatch out in the parking lot and given her a good down home Italian style beat down.
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I would agree,I would have been pissed if I reserved the place to have a gathering and was told that I could not have a flag present.
you WERE referring to the manager...right?

something happened to the quotes,but I think the point was made.

it's better to ask for forgiveness than for permission

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10-13-2011 06:26 PM  6 years agoPost 10
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They should have taken the biatch out in the parking lot and given her a good down home Italian style beat down.
Yeah right.

That'll be real good for business.

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10-13-2011 06:46 PM  6 years agoPost 11
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Maybe ??? a Grass Root's ???

Maybe American's only lend and spend their $$$ to those businesses and restaurant's that proudly display the American Flag

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10-13-2011 07:02 PM  6 years agoPost 12
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That'll be real good for business.
Authetic cultural experience.

None of us go to the Shriners hall and have dinner while they have their flag worshipping meeting. Good folks, but having a meal in that environment would suck. We go to resurants with expectations of what that envoronment is going to be. That is part of what the resturant sells.

If i am waiting outside and find i have been waiting for some group who are camping out having a meeting and some presumptuous hyper reactionary nit wit is fussing about her "right" to redecorate the fecking place i would be pissed, and rightly so.

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10-13-2011 07:27 PM  6 years agoPost 13
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Won't be dining there again... Way too much competition out there to settle for that.

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10-13-2011 08:27 PM  6 years agoPost 14
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Agreed. The food there sucks anyway. Banning the US Flag in your US business gets your business banned by me.

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10-13-2011 09:30 PM  6 years agoPost 15
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spaceman spiff
If i am waiting outside and find i have been waiting for some group who are camping out having a meeting and some presumptuous hyper reactionary nit wit is fussing about her "right" to redecorate the fecking place i would be pissed, and rightly so.
You may be a little over sensitive.

90% of life is "showing up"

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10-13-2011 10:45 PM  6 years agoPost 16
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You may be a little over sensitive.
Oh yea?!!! Wanna take this outside buddy?!!!

Seroiusly though, WTF? No one here knows what was actually going on there, and this issue getting twisted into something equivalent to a flag burning is absurd.

Those folks are acting exactly like Jessy Jackson, Occupy, and the rest of reactionary nit wits, and they need to be called out on it and kicked to the curb.

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10-13-2011 10:48 PM  6 years agoPost 17
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Those folks are acting exactly like Jessy Jackson, Occupy, and the rest of reactionary nit wits, and they need to be called out on it, and kicked to the curb.
All the folks wanted to do was to display the flag during a Kiwanis club banquet meeting. Probably something they do at every meeting.

They did not want to occupy the place.

Jeez. Who said anything about flag burning?

This is not you being oversensitive.

Its you being hypersensitive.

Get over yourself.

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10-13-2011 10:51 PM  6 years agoPost 18
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Look, if OG is offering banquet services, they need to step up and take care of the customer or stop taking the money for said services.

Many here feel their buildings are not suited for banquets. Maybe they need to rethink the whole banquet thing? If you can't do it right, don't do it at all, especially not half a$$ed.

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10-13-2011 11:00 PM  6 years agoPost 19
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Dense-is,

Oh that wasn't a flag burning? Oh my, my mistake.

Good thing they didn't try to sneak desserts in there. Hysterical reactionaries everywhere would take up their pitchforks and torches if one of the pies they try to smuggle in was Grandma's Apple pie! They hate Grammy! Communists!

No banners or flags, that's the house rule. Nothing more, nothing less. No " Happy Birthday Osama!" No " Congratulations for passing your Colonoscopy! " no " 911 Inquiry Club "... Nothing. No exceptions, no appologies needed.

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10-14-2011 12:27 AM  6 years agoPost 20
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Gotta agree with Spiff on this one.

O/G still gets my business.

They are thinking about the other customers, not just the winny big group.

Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care!

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