A post on FaceBook from Tonya Franklin, the mother of a waitress fired by Crystal Lake Outback Steakhouse, led to a demonstration at the restaurant Sunday afternoon.
Most of the message follows:
Boycott Outback Steakhouse ~ Don’t Tread On Me!
My daughter was fired from Outback Steakhouse after a customers (husband/wife) got very upset over her wearing this bracelet, the woman kept asking where she got it and what it meant and when my daughter said my mom got it at a TEA Party convention the woman flipped.
“Those were the wrong two words to say to me. The Tea Party is ruining this Country and you need to get yourself educated little girl”.After the woman was finished insulting her she said, “Box up my damn food, get me some more water and while your at it get me your damn manager”.
She sent the owner over and he was at the table for close to 10 mins or longer and then he said he had 2 complaints tonight and that he was letting her go.
He is insisting it isn’t over the bracelet, but she has been with the corporation for several years and a couple of transfers.
No one ever requested she not wear it.
I for one am boycotting Outback forever.
I also used to bartend for them back in the day.
BTW I just ordered 400 more of these bracelets and they say “Don’t Tread On Tea”.
Now a 3-4 yr work history, 2 Carraba’s locations and an Outback reference down the drain.
And a report about the demonstration:
“The event at Outback Steakhouse was a huge success.
“There were about 60-75 people there at it’s peak; I’d say about 45-50 people were there the whole time, 4:30-6:30.
“We were in the Outback parking lot for awhile, and the other half of the people on Rte. 14, then the police came about 5:15 and politely asked us to stand out on the easement on Rte. 14.
“CONSTANT honking of horns throughout the evening!
“The Northwest Herald came and interviewed the fired employee, and took pictures.
“Meghan has a document from the State of Illinois that states that she was wrongly fired.”
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Posted Monday night: Outback Steakhouse management sent an email to a protestor late Monday. You can find it here.