UnderCover Waitress: Outback Steakhouse Responds to Tea Party Accusers

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Outback Steakhouse Responds to Tea Party Accusers

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I received a comment from Joe Kadow at Outback Steakhouse about the Megan Geller Tea Party bracelet debacle. I felt it was worthy of more attention and so am reprinting it as today's post:

Thank you for your interest in Outback Steakhouse.

The employee was not let go because of her Tea Party bracelet. On the night in question two separate tables complained about her lack of attention – one flagging down the manager to pay their bill as they could not find her and another going to the bar because they received the wrong drink and could not find her.

When the manager spoke to the employee about this she responded by yelling at him with a hostile attitude. This is why she was fired.

She was not fired because a customer complained about her bracelet. That would have simply been handled by asking her to take off the bracelet.

As to the Illinois Department of Employment Security letter stating she was fired for wearing the bracelet - this simply reflects what the employee told them. No hearing was held that we participated in, nor did we submit any information regarding her claim.

I would also point out this bracelet is not a Marine Corps bracelet nor is it a bracelet supporting our troops. The bracelet has only the motto “Don’t Tread on Me” followed by “November 6, 2012”. November 6, 2012 is the next Presidential election. The bracelet does not have any Marine Corps insignia. When the customer asked the employee about the bracelet, she said it was a Tea Party bracelet.

You can find information on what our company does to honor our military and support our veterans on our website www.outback.com – click Company Info then click Operation Feeding Freedom and Thanks for Giving.

Thank you.

Joe Kadow
Outback Steakhouse

My response: 

Hi, Joe

Thank you for coming to comment and state the position of Outback Steakhouse. I did mention in my post that Outback's stated reason for the firing of Megan Geller was inattention to tables and rudeness toward the manager. 

I do think the media outlets that have picked up the story are enjoying the frenzy over the tea party bracelet. The point of my blog post was not to find fault with your restaurants, but rather to point out some inconsistencies in the tea party "agenda." First, those quoted in news articles have a complete and total lack of understanding of what are First Amendment rights. Second, since they don't like the government, I sincerely wonder who they think is going to enforce these supposed rights. Police officers are government employees. The courts are a government institution. If they choose to boycott your restaurant based on misinformation, I dare say you are better off. 

Thank you again for writing to clarify Outback Steakhouse's position. I wish you a busy weekend.


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  1. Fight back people! OCCUPY OUTBACK!


  3. Methinks silliness abounds in the comments section. :-)

  4. Well...at least you aren't wishy-washy, or a shameless propaganda repository....


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