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- Botafogo - 03-20-2003 01:31 PM

I have an employee who is the bartender at a serious French restaurant (in "liberal" West LA) at night. Last night they had a full house but two different parties asked (in a French Restaurant owned by a French Chef, serving French Food and French Wine) to have their waiters changed as they did not want to be served by a French person.

One of the waiters (who has lived in the US for fifteen years and is an American Citizen) broke down crying in the kitchen as he told the crew that he and his AMERICAN wife and CHILDREN had been asked to leave a small market earlier in the day after the owner heard his accent.

This is NOT what this country is about and not what we are fighting for. I may have to retire to Brasil sooner than I thought. They have confirmed the new Guggenheim for Rio so maybe I should start working on that winebar / jazz club across the street now...

Disgusted, Roberto

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- hotwine - 03-20-2003 02:32 PM

Apologies and regrets to that fellow, Roberto.

- Innkeeper - 03-20-2003 03:14 PM

Sometimes war brings out the worst in American civilians. Very regrettable.

- Auburnwine - 03-20-2003 03:20 PM

That ain't nothing compared to the calls my Arabic (Kuwaiti, Egyptian, Palestinian) friends get in the middle of the night or what their kids hear in school.

We have had lynchings in this part of the world in my lifetime, so it's nothing to take lightly.

- Thomas - 03-20-2003 03:37 PM

And simpleton ideas in Washington such as changing the name of French Fries to Freedom Fries in the Congress mess hall only serve to fan the flames of stupid racism and zenophobia. Leaders all too often lead in the wrong direction.

- Georgie - 03-20-2003 05:18 PM

Shameful, absolutely shameful.

- winedope1 - 03-20-2003 07:20 PM

sorry to hear about that. it is a shameful ocurrence. Things like this happen to innocent people, and then Americans wonder why they are regarded so poorly in so many countries when they travel around the world. That is an especially ridiculous happening in that the people knowingly went to a French establishment but did not want French service?? Go to Burger King or the like then. Show some sense, if that's possible.

- Bucko - 03-20-2003 08:04 PM

Nuke 'em I say. Kill off the rest of the whales while we're at it. They just poop in the ocean and make a mess. Same for the whooping crane; who wants all of that noise?


- Thomas - 03-20-2003 09:05 PM

Did anyone notice I wrote zenophobia instead of xenophobia? A writer like I is supposed to watch for those things--but I was so irritated I lost control of my senses...

- Kcwhippet - 03-20-2003 09:39 PM

If that were my restaurant, I would have informed the patrons that French service in a French owned restaurant serving French food is entirely appropriate, and perhaps they would be more comfortable some other establishment such as a Middle Eastern restaurant.