A press release from State Rep. candidate Danielle Rowe:
Rowe Stands with Megan Gellar, Calls on Crystal Lake Outback Steakhouse to Reinstate Her
Former Outback Steakhouse waitress Megan Geller, Danielle Rowe and Megan's mom, Tonya Franklin.
(Crystal Lake, Illinois) – Conservative Republican, Tea Party candidate for State Representative Danielle Rowe today called on the Outback Steakhouse in Crystal Lake to reinstate waitress Megan Gellar after Ms. Gellar was terminated from her job for wearing a bracelet with the inscription, “Don’t Tread on Me”.
“Megan is a thoughtful young woman who was wearing a bracelet in support of her brother, a United States Marine,” said Danielle Rowe, Candidate for State Representative, 52nd District.
“Outback Steakhouse at the national level has been a great supporter of our military men and women.
“I cannot imagine the corporate leadership of Outback would support Ms. Gellar’s termination if they were aware of the circumstances.”
Rowe attended a rally in support of Ms. Gellar and has been in contact with her.
“I want to thank Danielle Rowe and all those involved who have stood up for me in the wake of this incident,” said Gellar.
Megan Geller and Danielle Rowe hold flags blowing strongly in the wind Sunday night.
“I really appreciate the concern and support I have received from so many. Our military puts their life on the line each and every day for us and I will do the same for them. I may not be overseas fighting but I am here fighting for what they protect, our freedom.”
According to Ms. Gellar who was interviewed on WLS-AM 890 radio this morning, patrons she was waiting on complained about her bracelet to her, made disparaging remarks about the Tea Party movement, and, despite Ms. Gellar’s unwillingness to get into a political discussion saying “it was not the appropriate time or place,” the patrons complained to one of the managers who terminated Ms. Gellar’s employment on the spot.
Rowe pointed out that the Gadsden Flag, off which the bracelet Ms. Gellar was wearing is based, was the first flag carried into battle by the United State Marine Corps during the American Revolution.
“I don’t like to see people bullied, much less terminated from their job during these difficult economic times because of their political views,” continued Rowe.
“It’s not right. Frankly, it’s not American.”