Some companies just suck at public relations:
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.
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.
No flag allowed in the public dining room at Olive Garden, but bending over on command to satisfy Michelle Obama’s wishes is still not only allowed, but encouraged.
Update: There’s an apology on Olive Garden’s home page.