Yesterday, this story was posted from information provided by McHenry County Blog readers.
Now a reader has forwarded a reply that she got from Crystal Lake Joint Venture Partner Bob Irons:
“Thank you for contacting the Outback Steakhouse website.
My name is Bob Irons and I am the Joint Venture Partner for Outback in the Chicago area which includes the Crystal Lake, IL location.
I am aware of the media story about a waitress who was allegedly terminated for wearing a tea party bracelet.
Please be assured that this story is not true. We have not terminated a waitress for wearing a tea party bracelet.
To learn more about Outback, please visit our website www.outback.com – Company Info / Operation Feeding Freedom / Thanks for Giving.
Thank you again for your feedback.
Joint Venture Partner
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After posting this, I found a video interview from the night of the protest. You can find it here on Breakdown of America.
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The following came as a comment from Outback Steakhouse below this article. I thought it deserved to be put in the article:
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 http://www.outback.com – click Company Info then click Operation Feeding Freedom and Thanks for Giving.