Better Not To Know
She wouldn’t have clarified why she wouldn’t serve him, either. He didn’t join the queue for 45 minutes to be treated like this. And so, without a doubt, he was not used to people who refused to obey his instruction or had to look at him like this-no one should ever be! She didn’t seem to have any clue as to who he really was or what power he had at his fingertips; in fact, it was self-evident. So he can’t wait to see her face when she finds out about it.
A Much Needed Day Off
It was a day off for Alexandria, the man of the VA, Karl Baker. After several 12-hour shifts, he was quite ready to relax and unwind. He’d arranged his day out already. He would be going to bed, eating out, exploring the city, and wrap up the day sitting in front of the TV with a drink in his hand. However, situations are not going to go as planned.
Baker woke up hopping on his bed with his dog, the sun was shining on his face, and it was already time for lunch. He got ready, started pouring himself a cup of coffee, and thought about where he might go to have a good brunch. Decided, he jumped in his car and began to head for a restaurant he hadn’t previously been to on the outskirts of town. That was a choice he would have dreaded afterward.
Joining The Line
They began to look upon him with absolute disdain. It had been a long time since Baker had been confronted with some total disrespect. He usually did not get mistreated by his current career, but no one here knew who he really was. Baker walked into the restaurant and decided to join the line. His hunger began to grow as he looked at the menu on the wall; he waited in line as time passed.
His choice has long been limited to two meals. In several aspects, Baker was wonderful, although, in one way, he had always been renowned for just being a picky eater. He was selective, to say the least, so when he decided on a meal, he had great expectations that his research would actually pay off. He was convinced that it would be good enough to wait in line to justify the 45-minute wait. He was mistaken.
Waiting For A Long Time
Although it was an unusually long time waiting to place an order, Baker was indeed a patient individual. However and pretty shortly, this statement about that trait was to be driven far beyond the boundary. By the time Baker actually arrived behind the cash register, he was starving and eager to order. However, what next occurred would have sent his head spinning.
Not A Good Day
Baker greeted the cashier politely, who welcomed him with an appearance strongly similar to frustration and possibly irritation. She had been munching gum and obviously looked as if she was not having a decent day. Even so, he insisted on smiling while ordering his meals. He did understand that life has not always been rainbows and apple drops, as Baker absolutely loved to make people smile when he could. Though, it was definitely not for this employee.
Baker ordered and then was shocked to hear her tell her that his initial order was impossible to produce. He was upset, but there were still some other choices available. He switched to his second option, which was not available once again. Bewildered, he glanced at the list and asked the restaurant for the only other meal he wanted. She began to roll her eyes and repeated her previous reply.
It has irritated Baker now. He was actually only spending so much time queuing up for food highlighted in chalk under today’s special offers. If he had known that these meals were not available, he would not have stood in line. And the situation was not helped by her implacably poor attitude. He also hindered his dissatisfaction and began to ask if there was anything that was not outlined on the list.
You Need To Leave
Once again, she began to roll her eyes and starts looking at him disapprovingly, as if to claim, telepathically, that perhaps the question he was asking was stupid. Now, alongside their misleading advertising, her conduct was just too much. He had plenty to say. Before he could even open his mouth, however, it was as though she was reading his thoughts. “Listen, mister, if you’re not going to order, you need to leave,” she snarled.
Making A Scene
Baker thought to himself, “That’s it!” He stayed in place and then said nonchalantly, “Can I speak to your manager?” Without even a word, she walks to the side, yelling at the back. She returns her empty stare to Baker, and then a lady comes out to answer her call. She starts looking at Baker and then the people queuing behind him, “What’s the problem here, sir? You’re holding up the people behind you.”
Baker saw where the worker’s behavior came from. This wasn’t really going to be interesting and fun, he noticed. He ignored the demeaning accusation that he was the reason for such ridiculous lines and tried to explain to her what had actually happened and how the manager was supposed to fix the issue he noticed in her establishment. Her remark was surprising.
They Laughed Instead
After that, a female cook happened to come to the register to notify the manager, pointing to Baker, “You better pull me off the line because I’m not serving him.” He decided to wait for the manager to take action, but she began laughing. Baker kept his cool and informed them respectfully to manage their customers better, or there would indeed be consequences.
Men Like Him
As Baker anticipated, she didn’t want to listen to his suggestion. “I understand that things didn’t go your way today, sir, but that’s life. Now, if you could kindly remove yourself from my establishment. I don’t serve men like you,” she scoffed. “Men like me?!” Baker responded incredulously. What did she mean by ‘men like him’?
Enough Is Enough
Baker had enough. He wasn’t playing Mr. Nice Guy anymore. He reaffirmed his goal by talking with her, attempting to speak with greater authority, and assured her that he was saying things for her own good. Now, he asked her to explain what she meant by “men like him.” But what she did next in his thoughts will eventually resolve any doubts about retaliation.
Don’t Look Down On Me
She had been both cold-faced and arrogant. “I don’t need to explain what I meant to anyone. Get on out now before you cause a scene,” she said. He wasn’t used to folks refusing to obey this kind of order. And definitely, he wasn’t used to others looking down on him.
Without His Uniform
She didn’t seem to have any clue as to who he really was or even what power he had at his fingertips; it was obvious. He often thought strolling around without his uniform was a great way to see what people were really like. And it succeeded in proving this. It really was perfectly evident to Baker that she wasn’t going to talk to him like an older person. He felt totally mistreated and mocked as bystanders started taking notice.
He began to look around at the eyes and ears that paid interest to him. When he realized that almost everyone in the restaurant started to look at him, his face turned red. He didn’t even know anyone there, but he started wondering if some of the customers identified him. They certainly wouldn’t even assume that a restaurant would be bold enough to address him like this if they did.
Won’t Let It Go Unpunished
Without anything more to discuss, Baker decided to leave the restaurant. He was disappointed, angry, and embarrassed by their behavior, actions he couldn’t let go unpunished. He would overlook the disturbing beginning of his day in the uniform that indicates addressing and beginning serving everyone with respect and coming back to terms with this terrible experience tomorrow during normal working hours. How are they then going to respond?
Man In Uniform
The following day, Baker threw on his police chief’s attire and went back to work. He had so many things to work on. He was worried, but he had promised himself to call the restaurant and reveal his real face. He just can’t sit back and see them in their boots, trembling.
With His Uniform On
Baker decided to stop by on his journey back from some kind of call-out in the restaurant area. Lucky to find parking, he pulled his cruiser up and pushed through the doorways. His face looked strict. The aura of his appearance loaded the whole restaurant. Baker was indeed a broad, big guy, and he seemed to embody power with his uniform on.
They were all looking at him now for all the best reasons. He was approached with a smiling face and with honor. Even the expressions of all the staff and the person at the checkout, who is now somewhat more attentive, suddenly lightened up. She greeted him with a smiling face that began to fade once she had identified him gradually. Dumping formalities, he requested the manager.
Where’s The Manager?
The cashier appealed to the manager hesitantly. That said, at this moment, she began to walk to the back kitchen door and started yelling. Now she seemed to be mindful of her manners. Baker stood with one hand resting on his waist belt and the other carrying a radio device. For obvious reasons, he played the part. Especially as his radio call bleeped with officer notifications, he waited for her to show up.
It Went Viral
At the moment, though, a different manager was working. She was, however, quite upset by what Baker told her and immediately apologized. She also pledged to publish an internal review of her co-worker’s doings. After bystanders who had been there report about the officer’s mismanagement, the story managed to reach social networking sites briefly. The restaurant now had to come out with a statement.
They Did Not Deny
A representative for the restaurant did not attempt to deny the allegations when asked more about the officer’s disturbing treatment. She told the media that everything had actually happened, as Baker had described. The restaurant was shocked that a law enforcement officer had been shown disrespectful and agreed to look more into the problem. But would it really be enough?
One enraged reader decided to write, “I don’t know why the offended officer doesn’t sue for $150,000. This is NO DIFFERENT than the Oregon bakery’s refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Discrimination is discrimination!” Whereas another took a more rational view, saying, “We are working with the appropriate authorities and local police association representatives to get to the bottom of and resolve this matter as quickly as possible.”
Trying To Save Face
“We have made efforts to reach out to the police officer involved but have not yet spoken with him. We will continue to look into the situation and will take the appropriate actions after this review.” The story immediately began doing all the cycles on Twitter and Facebook, to the uproar of thousands of users, even after the establishment’s urge to save face.
“I don’t know why the offended officer doesn’t sue for $150,000. This is awful behavior that can easily be considered a breach of customer rights,” one enraged reader stated. At the same time, yet another took a more principled perception, saying, “If I were a cop, I’d be way less concerned about these people who are openly anti-police than I would about what someone quietly harboring resentment and handling my food.”
And while the restaurant was praised by Representative Pete Feltham of the Alexandria Police Union for its coordination and quick apology, the damage was already done when the restaurant rushed outside the restaurant to place banners trying to support police officers. Instead of intensifying the conflict, he disconnected and believed that Baker “handled the situation perfectly” However, he said he was shocked that an event like this occurred in Alexandria because the police force usually has a fantastic relationship with citizens and local businesses.
No Turning Back
None of the statements by Feltham did anything to pacify the anger of the citizens. Thousands of comments were left on the restaurant’s Facebook page, grumpily notifying them that they were beginning to be boycotted completely and encouraging other customers to do it too. There was even debate on social media among people regarding stealing from the restaurant after the incident. Baker decided to make his stance on this simple instead.
Two Wrongs Do Not Make A Right
He said that he is not really in favor of ‘cancel culture’ due to this, and neither does he want to see illegal behavior arise in the restaurant. He also discourages anyone from trying to stop supporting the establishment. “Take the high road!” he said. “The actions of a few do not equate to the actions of many.” Two wrongs, after therefore do not make a right.
In responding to the immense number of criticism, the restaurant focused its efforts on its promise. As per The Washington Post, just under a week after that, they made an official statement. The source said, “In a statement, the company said that ‘the views and actions of these individuals’ were ‘inexcusable’ and do not reflect those of the company or the rest of the staff at the Duke Street location.”
Resulted To Dismissal
The establishment said, “We have concluded the two team members in question acted inappropriately, and we immediately terminated their employment,” continuing, “We have the utmost respect for law enforcement officials and value the relationship we have built with the local Alexandria Police Department over the years.”
Going Out Of Their Way
The night manager and the restaurant tracked Baker to apologize for the three employees’ horrific behavior and attitude and fully intend to go out of their way to clarify to anyone and everyone that they are supporting law enforcement. The situation even caught the attention of Allison Silberberg, the Mayor of Alexandria. She said she appreciated the “full-throated apology of the company for this unfortunate situation.” But how would this issue be felt by other law enforcement members?
What Did The Others Say?
The head of the police said, “Well, your first response as a police officer is anger,” continuing, “These are challenging times right now with our relations with everyone, and to have one of my officers treated in that manner unnecessarily – your first response is anger, then you calm down a bit.” When she saw a similar incident taking shape, the waitress decided to step in.
“Suck It Up”
Britanny can feel the anger that is forming inside her. She just can’t believe that a rude person like that exists. She didn’t ask for it. These people were trying all the time to get her to agree with them. She had gone to the manager but had just been told to suck it up. How could a thing like that happen to her?
Brittany Spencer had already been waitressing for the past few years, and she figured she had seen it all. In Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, almost any individual arrived through Fat Joe’s Bar & Grill. But when an elderly couple came through the door, she didn’t think about anything at first.
They Looked Around The Diner
When they sat down, their gestures started changing. Immediately, Brittany knew it was going to be really tough. The couple looked all over the restaurant, frustratedly slapping their faces as if they were stepping into their dreadful nightmare. Reasonably enough, this was not a Michelin star diner, but the food here is great.
She Smelled Something Awful
Brittany had disregarded her initial observations. She thought she might also make them laugh with her charming personality. Yet, she had no clue as to how wrong she was. She approached them and also decided to offer the menus. When she decided to hand them menu options, there wasn’t a hello back. The lady wrinkled her nose as if she smelled something horrible. This table would be a challenging one.
Laughing At Another Customer
She decided to walk away, and when she turned around, she could see the pair watching and laughing at yet another client on the edge of the restaurant. The center of their bile was a regular and also very friendly customer.
In Deep Discussion
The couple was in deep discussion and utterly unaware that Brittany was waiting next to them at another table. Brittany’s ears twitched, and she listened to their conversation. She was in complete shock when she heard what they were saying. How could they say something like that to a person they didn’t even know?
When Brittany went to them to start taking their order, they went to ask her what she thought of the “other client.” They questioned Brittany if she believed it was as horrible and disgusting as they obviously did, and why would somebody like that ever be allowed near the diner. Nothing but a disgusting judgment has filled their old faces.
“I Can’t Serve You.”
Before she walked away, she answered, “Sorry, but I can’t serve you. And I disagree with what you said.” However, she didn’t simply leave it at that and began asking her manager if some other staff member could otherwise be allocated the table.” But circumstances were just about to become even more complicated.
“Suck It Up Or Go Home”
Her manager flat out refused, basically telling her that she should “suck it up or go home.” Brittany realized that she couldn’t resume serving the table with customers who had such terrible views on a human being, not even considering trying to make one of her regulars feel very uncomfortable. So she took her bag and barged through the door. But her behavior’s consequences were about to unfold.
Everybody Is On Her Side
Brittany decided to share what happened that night after work on Facebook. People responded, praising Brittany for trying to defend herself, and many even named the restaurant where the incident happened. Brittany released a breath of relief as she turned her laptop off and tucked it into her bed. Everyone’s on her side, she thought.
She Was Fired
The very next day, management told Brittany that she had been dismissed! Exploding with rage, she snatched her laptop and immediately proceeded to Facebook. She updated everyone on the dreadful development. The reactions were intense. “But I’ll always choose my morals over money. See ya!” she indicated. But the owners of the restaurant do have very opposing opinions.
Neutral Approach Didn’t Work
The restaurant’s co-owner stated that Brittany had been dismissed as she refused to do her job. She said she had some discussions in the industry throughout her years that she disagreed with herself, but you just get along and do your job. That said, their rational approach didn’t comfort the stormy waters.
Like most of us, Brittany said that she turned a blind eye and let racism happen with little or no response in the institution, which she thinks is the same as simply giving harsh words. But Brittany still thought she made the right decision. But what about the diner’s current circumstances and principles?
Continue The Same Approach
Please leave a review on the Facebook page, Fat Joe’s Bar and Grill. Brittany ended her viral Facebook post with: “Please feel free to leave a review on their Facebook page, Fat Joe’s Bar and Grill.” They started receiving far too much hate that they had to remove their Facebook page temporarily, but it’s up again. Shortly after the circumstances made headlines, some personal demonstrations forced the diner to contact the cops. Even after all, they say the incident hasn’t affected their daily operations significantly and will proceed with much the same moral approach. Yet, they deliberately missed one crucial feature many people neglected.
Just Taking The Order
Brittney behaved with enough professional competence to ask politely to change tables, which is not really a huge request. The manager’s initial response reveals the mentality towards their staff member’s convenience. What about being allowed to deny service to customers trying to impose viewpoints on someone who just wants to take their request? And what would they have to say to the owners, both Joe and Whitney Wallander?