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.