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.
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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.

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20 Responses to “Olive Garden Doesn’t Let Kiwanis Club Display American Flag; ‘Disruptive to Dining Experience’; Update: Olive Garden Apologizes

  1. Pasadena Phil on October 12th, 2011 2:26 pm

    Public displays of patriotism are exactly the kind of disruptions we need today.. If we can't find the spine to fight for our rights while we still have a constitution, the next step will require shooting. And the guns doing the shooting may not be ours.

  2. Marshall_Will on October 12th, 2011 2:30 pm

    "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."

    Which is funny b/c when I closed MY eyes that's not 'where' I pictured the flag pole?

  3. Marshall_Will on October 12th, 2011 2:39 pm

    Ah! And STILL you sneer at my Tea Party Sanctuary City (TM) Sir!

    Yo, Darden Rest's. We're more than just a little "concerned". We're p!ssed off. Oh and we won't be holding any of our events nor basking in the glow of your stupid precious 'dining experience' again!

    Didn't these Progs in Corporate Clothing get the memo? This cr@p is SO 2008.

  4. Pasadena Phil on October 12th, 2011 2:44 pm

    I didn't sneer at the concept, I sneered at your list of proposed "cities". I prefer crowding out the libs from the very best cities rather than running away into the desert to live in squalor and desolation.

  5. Marshall_Will on October 12th, 2011 3:26 pm

    Phil,

    Oh I was just being sarcastic in the first place. Why should WE abandon what WE have built and turn it over to random Progs as someone on MM noted "With no more an idea what to do with it than a Chimp with Pearls?"

    But I must say, living so close and having worked in "Amsterdam West" ( Portland ) for many years, while total abandonment doesn't make sense, a partial or just off-center one 'might'?

    Consider: Progs loaded these towns up w/ more Public employee-driven DEBT than we can shake a stick at! Businesses have migrated away from Stumptown for at least the last decade. Lease runs out.., they're GONE! So this is taking place already.

  6. Pasadena Phil on October 12th, 2011 3:31 pm

    The humor didn't get past me. i just post these things on the fly.

  7. Marshall_Will on October 12th, 2011 3:36 pm

    Part II,

    But they're doing so in an individualized "Me vs. The World" fashion. WHY!? Why isn't there an organized, economics driven, turnkey model for them to… not so much 'flee' but leave Progs holding the bag?

    Portland's got an art museum. Fricken great! You can HAVE the opera too! Oh and that stadium ( w/ no team ) you guys voted bonds for as well? OVER the will of the people btw. Just keep it!

    It's the Comm. infrastructure that's important. We can OFFER more b/c we simply don't have 1 police officer for every 10 citizens retiring at age 50 weighing us down til the end of time.

    Plenty of unincorporated areas just off I-5. Again I think it's a natural and inevitable transition anyway. Portland Pub. Schools has been losing student body for years. They'll implode no matter HOW much cash is infused. Why be 'around' for that?

  8. SignPainterGuy on October 12th, 2011 3:38 pm

    Ha haaa ! You evil man ! ;-)

    It`s a shame these restaurants don`t have separate dining areas for club meetings; it`s guaranteed income. And even in the main / only dining room, if orgs. hang flags and banners on a wall or stand them against a wall, they`re out of the way. Expressions of patriotism and faith get huge cheers, participation, contrary to elitist lefty lack of understanding (Moo`s "All this for a flag ?").

  9. Hyperfobea on October 12th, 2011 3:39 pm

    If there is no private banquet room then I don't begrudge them banning banners. But the American flag?

  10. Pasadena Phil on October 12th, 2011 3:46 pm

    You might want to consider the fact that here in LA, the main reason we don't have an NFL team is that taxpayers refuse to allow the entrenched criminal class from offering taxpayer money to build/improve a stadium. Yet the Republican establishment endorses Democrat LA mayoral candidates of their own party. That is one of the gazillion reasons why I keep insisting the it isn't the Dems who ruined CA but the Reps. The Dems could never get away with what they do if there was a Republican Party. Lots of Republicans and conservatives in CA, but Republican Party insists on serving the mothership as the rear guard frustrating all efforts by its voter base to get back in the game.

  11. Bunni on October 12th, 2011 4:13 pm

    Oh, that would be that same crap company "olive garden", that goes out of it's way to deplete portion sizes and other stupid demands from moochelle! No wonder they hate the American Flag!

  12. Dexter_Alarius on October 12th, 2011 4:36 pm

    "…bending over on command to satisfy Michelle Obama…"
    Doug, you've got to watch how you word stuff!
    Aaaaaaaargh! My BRAIN!!!

  13. Jimbo on October 12th, 2011 4:36 pm

    Great! Cross that swillhouse off my list permanently.

  14. Doug on October 12th, 2011 4:37 pm

    I've read some people saying "boycott"… but I'm thinking the opposite. How about an "everybody take a flag to dinner" night at the Darden restaurant of your choice?

  15. Marshall_Will on October 12th, 2011 5:06 pm

    Nicely done. Being seated next to/across from a drooling OWS-washout's barely covered tattoo/piercing collection is 'not' disruptive to the dining experience but having an American Flag on display 'is'.

    There's usually a line outside OG so just bring little ones and offer them to fellow diners that might have forgotten! They can't turn ALL of us away.

  16. Marshall_Will on October 12th, 2011 5:12 pm

    Phil,

    Oh I get it. I was stationed in SoCal ( off and on ) from 1980 to '89. Saw the conversion firsthand. Some might not believe it but the San Diego Union was once considered THE most conservative paper in the country.

    Merritt Paulsen ( right, HANK'S son ) pulled a fast one on the Portland city council by offering blue sky while cleaning up on one of Michelle's favorite scams. The Old Public/Private Partnership! $30 mil. to refurbish a stadium that needed nothing. The triple-A team he brought in barely lasted (3) seasons.

    Chip off the old block! Point being, Michelle moved away from the swamp. Why would any of us want to see our kids kids -saddled- w/ that bill?

  17. Rhymes With Right on October 12th, 2011 10:49 pm

    I think that everyone who is up in arms over this one needs to take a deep breath and realize this is not about the American flag — it is about how to accommodate a group while still maintaining the atmosphere of the restaurant. Just like the men's fellowship at my old church doesn't get to hang a cross on the wall and unfurl a church banner when we had our monthly breakfasts at the local diner, neither do the Kiwanas get to redecorate Olive Garden for the duration of their meeting.
    http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu/archives/322507.php

  18. SignPainterGuy on October 12th, 2011 11:45 pm

    Most steak houses and lots of larger restaurants around here do allow clubs to hang the banners on the walls and display flags on stands. The restaurants with back rooms allow these clubs to leave their stuff up continuously. Restaurants without separate rooms, allow flags on stands to stay against the walls, but banners have permanent wall hangers; the banners are put up only during meetings. No one seems to mind. The restaurants recognize the benefits of predictable income and some charge a small rental fee. Seems to work. O.G. might want to check them out !

    Something else; if the manager and the waitstaff learn that they can count on "good" tips, you`d be surprised what they`ll accommodate !

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