On October 12, Olive Garden management have become star denizens of the not-so-mythical Archipelago of Putzmadinejad.

When local Kiwanis Club members in Oxford, Alabama held a banquet at a local Olive Garden, they were forbidden by OG management to display the American flag because it might disrupt the family dining experience. (h/t Hot Air)

Naturally, to make things as difficult as possible (and of course to minimize their chances of losing business), they informed them of the ban on the night of the banquet.

The exact statement by officials of the OG parent company contained the following:

“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…” (again, h/t Hot Air)

Note the weasel wording – all other guests.  Just not the ones with the American flag.

Rather hilariously, the Orlando-based parent firm Darden restaurants also 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.”

From no on, I will never go to an OG again.

About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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  1. Joe Zink says:

    I have always enjoyed eating at OG but after hearing about the rufusal of having an American flag on display, I have changed my mind. You will no longer see me in or near an Olive Garden. By the way, do the Italian colors cause any disruption to those who aren’t Italian?

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