June 18th, 2013
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Everything was going fine, until the bill came.

But it wasn't the amount on the check that angered Joseph Gibson, who had stopped at a St. Louis sports bar to chow down.

It was a line on the special order section for his young son that set him off.

Under "1 - Wing Sauce" the receipt read: "F-in Needy Kids."

The name of the bar? Friendly's.

Denny Domachowski, the general manager of Friendly's Sports Bar and Grill, told CNN the waitress meant it as a joke and intended to delete it before handing the bill to Gibson. She's been reprimanded, he said.

"I apologized to them, and he called later and I apologized again," Domachowski said.

Gibson, who had a soda and chicken dinner, was still offended.

Read - Receipt profanity angers dad who took young son to sports bar



soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Chris

    I think this kind of sums up the wildly irate people on this site that think she deserves to be fired. http://notalwaysright.com/category/extras/page/8

    July 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
  2. Andy

    As someone who waited tables for twenty years, I must say that the waitress made a mistake. Should she be fired? No. How many of us have slipped up and dropped an expletive at work without people asking that we get fired? Besides, she isn't make much money there as a server, while working long hours. Chances are the miserable tip from the father alone sufficed for her to learn her lesson. A second issue is that parents need to raise their children to be polite to servers. They are human beings, they work their butts off, they don't get paid much, and they don't get insurance. Maybe it is time people treat servers how they wish they were treated.

    July 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
  3. Nerve Worker

    http://www.friendlyssportsbar.com

    This isn't a kid's spot. I understand that he is offended, but the kid should not have been there. Based on info from the website, they shouldn't have let the kid in. He has an apology. Move on.

    July 13, 2013 at 9:42 am |
  4. Elgar

    I can't blame the server for making helpful observations on an internal memo, but it should never reach the customer. That's like Elaine Benes seeing her medical chart where it says she's "difficult".

    July 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
  5. johnhenrylawyer

    It seems to me that the missing piece of the article is – were these, in fact, F ing needy kids?

    As I understand it, kids are not supposed to be in that bar.

    July 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
  6. TMc

    Maybe he shouldn't have brought his needy f***ing kid into public. Sorry, but just because a person wants to have kids doesn't mean you need to bring them into public and force them upon everyone else.

    July 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • Ed T Duck

      So we're supposed to lock them up at home? Wow, are you really such a bitter person?

      July 14, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
      • Samantha

        Don't lock them at home, but if they don't know how to act in public... either
        1.teach them to not scream and cry
        2.yes lock them at home
        3.don't get mad at people who voice their opinon

        July 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm |
  7. John

    When I first started reading this I thought I may have been on The Onion. Sadly I'm not.

    June 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
  8. VladT

    So......the owner apologized, he called back, the owner apologized again, and he is still angry. What does he want? A waitress fired? Free wings? 15 minutes of fame? What?

    June 25, 2013 at 7:51 am |
    • LWDOC

      What if it was a racist slur? If you go and deeply offend a customer shouldn't you be fired? To say that about someones child on Father's day is just that bad and yes one can become unemployed very quickly when one makes an effort to insult not must a customer but a customers child.

      June 29, 2013 at 10:50 pm |
      • VladT

        You still didn't answer my question.......

        July 6, 2013 at 9:50 am |
        • Ed T Duck

          I would want the waitress fired. Up to the owner of course. But it would be a reasonable decision in my book.

          July 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
      • John J Jinglehiemmerschmitt

        The father should be arrested for endangering the welfare of a child for bringing the kid in a bar.

        July 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
  9. Scott

    I find it very interesting that everyone is going off on the dad for taking his son to a bar. The kid would not have gotten in if the bar were designed to let kids in. That's silly. What the issue is is that a server wrote that period. It was stupid and wrong, and she should get seriously reprimanded if not fired. If I had an employee do that, they would be fired. Getting irked by a crazy customer and letting slip with something in the heat of the moment is one thing. Taking the time to write it down just shows an amazing lack of judgement which I would consider a liability in any employee. If it had been a racial epitaph, the restaurant could have been sued. I hope the employee wakes up and gets a grip real fast.

    June 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
    • Chris

      Scott, I think you need to get a grip and wake up to our nation of whining, entitled, spoiled consumers that feel they are owed the world from a bar server for "offending" them. Servers are offended daily by rude, disrespectful customers. It is likely those kids were a huge pain in the butt and if people are so easily offended by the consequences of their own (or kids) behavior perhaps they shouldn't go to bars or at least show a little humility about the situation. As others have suggested on this post, what more does the f-ing Dad want than multiple apologies for his? A Mercedes-Benz? No. Too far? Perhaps, you and the Dad would feel better if that server lost his/her job. Would that help you and this crybaby sleep better at night, to know that this server is without work? Gimme a break.

      July 1, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
      • Tim

        Chris, As a customer, I wouldn't feel like I'm owed the world from my server, but yes I think that person should be fired. Putting up with difficult customers with brats for kids is just part of a servers job! Under no circumstance should an employee ever feel it's ok to write something that offensive on the check. What has happened to customer service in this country? Most servers now a days feel that they are owed at least a 20 percent tip no matter how bad a job they did. T.I.P. stands for "to insure prompt service!

        July 6, 2013 at 4:43 am |
        • Chris

          It was an accidental message the server put on there. Who cares?! Get over it. What happened to customer service or what happened to decency among customers and being able to control their kids and act in a respectable manner? This is not that big of a deal. None of this is. This is stupid garbage that no one should care about or pay that much attention to. Anyone on this post who believes that punishing the server with firing them for an accident is both a control-freak and takes pleasure in serving "justice" to those who have literally no impact on their own life at all. Perhaps, Tim, you and Scott are the perfect customers and if you are, congratulations. Now, go patronize some chain restaurant and live in your delusional world, where just because the customer service rep/server doesn't say it out loud, doesn't mean they don't think you are a douche bag. ;)

          July 15, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
      • rdlink

        Chris, you are exactly the type of employee who has become the problem. Yes, the girl would be unemployed if I was her manager. Inexcusable. Period.

        July 7, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
        • Chris

          @rdlink, I am an entrepreneur, but have worked in retail. I've been and continue to be on both sides of the equation. Let me guess, you are some middle-manager and all of your underlings secretly despise you. You feel powerful (but deep down are insecure) by your mediocrity and lack of worldly knowledge .You know little, am am sad you are so angry with everyone. Try traveling to a 3rd world country, then you will see how unimportant your opinion is on these trite matters of server etiquette among the entitled.

          July 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
      • Ed T Duck

        Not too long ago, it was accepted that the customer is always right. This server needs to be fired. She's a liability for the bar.

        July 14, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
        • Chris

          The mentality that "the customer is always right", is a toxic slogan ingrained into our culture by big box stores like Wal-mart who can afford to give money back to dishonest, low life deadbeats trying to return products they've already used for full refunds. This hurts small-mid sized business and creates our current culture of entitled, whining consumer morons that believe "they are always right" even when they are wrong and will be rude and disrespectul towards servers and customer service reps, because they "can". The many comments on this thread showcase the exact types of people that makes servers and cashiers, retail associates, etc. hate you. Newsflash, "the customer is NOT ALWAYS RIGHT." If you believe this, then truth is not something you seek. Only entitlement and special treatment because you $10 in your pocket.

          July 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
        • Samantha

          The customer is never right. It is only in a delusional customer's mind that they are always right. That kind of attitude is what causes people to right things like this waitress did on the ticket.

          July 17, 2013 at 10:26 pm |
    • Josh

      Really? REALLY? You think kids should be allowed in bars? Way to foster another 50 years of DWI deaths.

      July 13, 2013 at 12:01 am |
      • Ed T Duck

        Such a puritanical incorrect view. One can see alcohol without using it irresponsibly. Most of Continental Europe expose their kids to alcohol quite young, yet for the most part they handle it responsibility through adulthood.

        July 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
      • Chris

        How are kids in bars and DWI deaths correlated? I am quite certain, kids being in bars isn't what is the major cause of DWI deaths. But, perhaps you are just saying things to say them.

        July 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
  10. Edwin

    I'd be down for some public shaming too if this receipt was handed to me.

    June 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
  11. Hugh Jass

    See, I'd be back the next day and sit in that waitress's section. Then my friends would come in and sit with me, and before the night was over one of the girls would punch her in the mouth and break a tooth. Then we'd wreck the place, and who could blame us? Denny Domachowski is sleeping with that waitress, because she'd be fired otherwise.

    June 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • Misha

      Well, the police might blame you. Let's see, assault, vandalism...sure, the jail time would totally be worth it!

      June 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
      • Hugh Jass

        I'd show them the receipt and they would smile and go away.

        June 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
        • Bubba Marie

          Hugh Jarse, what an arse. All big man talk, no nads.

          June 20, 2013 at 3:54 am |
        • NyteShayde

          Oh look at you and your overactive sense of importance. You'd be spending the night in jail, son. Believe it.

          June 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm |
    • John J Jinglehiemmerschmitt

      Enjoy your trailer park.

      July 15, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
    • Chris

      Hugh Jass. I enjoy your sense of humor. The others don't. They are mad at you and think, "you better watch yourself mister!"

      July 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
  12. Ed G.

    Ummmm, is it ironic or just plain foolish, that the person calling someone stupid can make so many mistakes in just two sentences? (not to mention you didn't read the article until the last sentence) Who should be called a bag full of vinegar now?

    June 19, 2013 at 10:16 am |
  13. jusme

    Hey stupid, why are you taking your young son to a bar? The fact is after you leave there you are probably intoxacated and driving. your a douche.

    June 19, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • dsa

      A) Most family restaurants that have a bar included allow kids to sit at the bar. B) You seem to imply that when you visit a bar, you seem to always get intoxicated (note the proper spelling) and then drive afterward C) There seems to be a contradiction between "The fact is..." and "you are probably..." - which is it, "fact" or "probably"? As usual, I find the Comments section on CNN reports way more entertaining than the actual article.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:21 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        "As usual, I find the Comments section on CNN reports way more entertaining than the actual article."

        That's what keeps me coming back. =)

        June 19, 2013 at 10:22 am |
        • Ms. Grammar

          Me, too!

          June 27, 2013 at 11:56 am |
      • John J Jinglehiemmerschmitt

        "Friendly's Sports Bar and Grill offers a wide variety of drinks, food,and entertainment for everyone ages 21 and up."

        21 and up.

        21.

        July 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      You've never been in a town with less than 100,000 people, have you? A lot of smaller towns and midwest establishments are not only the town bar, but a lot of times the town restaurant, family party gathering place, etc.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:21 am |
    • Hugh Jass

      "Hey stupid, why are you taking your young son to a bar? " Hey stupid, is Chuckie Cheese a bar? They serve drinks. You don't get out much, do ya? Get yer feet out of the furrows.

      June 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
      • johnhenrylawyer

        "Friendly's Sports Bar and Grill offers a wide variety of drinks, food,and entertainment for everyone ages 21 and up."

        21 and up.

        21.

        July 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
    • Ed T Duck

      Except for the fact there was no alcohol purchase on the receipt.

      July 14, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
 
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