Waitress: Tea Party Bracelet Got Me Fired

Megan Geller fired braceletShe simply doesn't want to be tread upon.

When 23-year-old Megan Geller was fired from her waitress job at an Outback Steakhouse in Crystal Lake, Ill., in early October, she felt she was being discriminated against for her political leanings. Geller had been wearing a bright yellow bracelet with the words "Don't Tread On Me" inscribed on it "for months," she told the Northwest Herald. But after a couple that she was waiting on complained about the bad service they said they were receiving, Geller was let go from her job. And Geller says it was because the couple complained about the bracelet's tea party association.

The management at Outback rejected the notion that Geller was fired for any political affiliation.

"Megan Gellar was not let go because of her tea party bracelet," Outback's chief legal officer, Joseph Kadow, told the Northwest Herald in a statement. "On the night in question two separate tables complained about her lack of attention."

When Geller was approached about the dustup, she allegedly responded with an outburst, and Outback says that it was that behavior which prompted her dismissal. For its part, Outback reported to the Illinois Department of Employment that Geller was fired for misconduct. But the chain is not contesting Geller's claim for unemployment benefits.

The tea party faithful, meanwhile, has rallied to Geller's side. Commenting about the story on the grassroots conservative website and forum, Free Republic, one Geller sympathizer had this to say: "I keep a Gadsden flag in the back window of my Silverado dually. Does that mean the state troopers can arrest me if a motorist complains?"

The commenter, who went by the name Dacula, was referring to the banner on which the phrase "Don't Tread On Me" appears. And while the tea party movement has sought to embrace the image at rallies, often through attaching the emblem to the American flag, the Gadsen is in fact as inclusive an American image as they come. Having been used as a symbol of defiance throughout U.S. history, it was originated during the Revolutionary War. As the website Navy Jack, which is devoted to the flag, reports, the "Don't Tread On Me" rattlesnake was originally a symbol of resistance to British rule in America.



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BaquackObamailure

Isn't a tenet of these peoples' philosophies that the business owner has the right to dictate what happens in his business and if an employee is dissatisfied by thay they can go work for someone else? She should stop whining and take her freedom and find another employer

November 19 2011 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard

Serves her right,...... I'd rather wear a swastika on my lapel, walk with a goosestep, and talk in a ridiculous fake German accent than wear a tea-bagger bracelet!

November 18 2011 at 8:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tyson

OK thats kinda crazy when you think about it.
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November 18 2011 at 8:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gcdubsforfunk

Isn't that the market working? Hippocrit!

November 18 2011 at 6:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MARIO THE MAN

USA,USA,USA, YOU HAVE TO FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT GOOD STUFF MEGAN!! TO THE PEOPLE WHO SAY DON'T WEAR IT TO WORK YOU GUYS ARE COWARDS, THAT'S NOT WHAT MADE AMERICA ,BRAVERY AND AND A LOT OF GREAT FALLEN HERO'S WHO WHERE NOT AFRAID TO STAND UP FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVED IN!! WE WOULDN'T BE USA IF THAT WAS THE CASE !!
(((((UNITED)))).<<<-----...STATES.....AMERICA) GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS MEGAN AND ALL WHO FIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY AND BELIEVE IN OUR RIGHTS!!!

November 17 2011 at 11:11 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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cln182

I guess all those Communists fired in the 50's for being Communists were just being brave Americans fighting for America, then.

November 18 2011 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
walrusmn

Well, if she was fired for being insubordinate and inattentive to her work duties then this has NO political implications whatsoever. I am troubled that some seem to think that because she's "one of us" that she should be insulated from the consequences of her poor job performance. Isn't that exactly how government and unionized employment works? How's that working for us in those instances?

November 17 2011 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Tonya F

Outback is being dishonest about the incident. The woman who attacked her for wearing a Marine Corp Gadsden Flag wristband given to her by a Veteran for what she does for her Country angered a woman so badly that she let the waitress have it and then demanded the manager who should have asked the customer to leave for touching the waitress, then he should have asked her to remove the wristband. A written warning signed by employee about wristband should have been given and signed...incident over. Instead a manager (term used lightly here) lost his temper also, the employee screamed back "why are you screaming at me" So everyone is at fault.

November 18 2011 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Tonya F

The angry ignorant customer that thought it was okay to grab the wristband, cuss her out, tell her to get herself educated little girl and demand the manager should have been asked to leave. Great manager....way to represent the whole corporation and protect a young woman under your management.

November 18 2011 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
tszklasz

It seems she spent quite a long time at that table. Just saying.

November 17 2011 at 8:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tszklasz

I guess I must ask, what evidence does anyone have that the same events would not have ocurred had it been a "LIBERAL" bracelet versus a tea party bracelet? Save the speculation and pejoratives.

November 17 2011 at 8:14 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jay love

OutBack steak house is not the type of establishment that I enjoy eating at anyway....so its hard for me to say I'll never eat there again due to the way they treated this young lady working for them? but lets just say I haven't eaten there since I last tried them about eight years ago and found their food disgusting... if it matters at all, I won't be going back to give them another chance either, just based upon this article and what they did to this gal? to be fair though even though I support the Tea Party and believe in what they have to say, maybe wearing a bracelet such as that during your work hours is not such a great idea? granted we all have a right to express our politicle leanings and this would NOT be an issue if it were a Liberal bracelet...but this is the world we live in where not everyone is treated equally? as for OutBack, I LOVE some of their other establishments such as Bone Fish and more upscale restaurants they have, but I would not step foot inside of their OutBack, especially after this? BTW, OutBack's corporate headquarters are located right here near me in Tampa, Florida out near the airport and the International mall....anyone outraged by their actions might wish to protest the bad decision outside their doors??

November 17 2011 at 7:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Tonya F

FOX (FAUX) NEWS is protecting their sponsor. She wasn't fired prior to the customer complaint so why should a complaint about a wristband that has everything to do with the fact that the server's brother is a Marine, her step-father 24 USAF Fighter Pilot. Patriotic point of view rather than a political point of view, the Gadsden Flag is not a TEA Party bracelet if FOX & Friends even knew their History. Fair and Balanced HA! Outback is spinning this story and FOX helped them dispute her story without hearing the other side. The woman who attacked her for wearing a Marine Corp Gadsden Flag wristband given to her by a Veteran for what she does for her Country angered the woman so badly that she crossed a line when she grabbed the wristband and interrogated the server about where she got it until she was satisfied it was somehow affiliated with the TEA PARTY, then she let the waitress have it, meanwhile the waitress kept her calm with the customer so she demanded the manager who should have asked the customer to leave for touching the waitress, then he should have asked the server to remove the wristband. A written warning signed by employee about wristband should have been given and signed...incident over. Instead a manager (term used lightly here) who had already lost his temper right before this because a table requested their check and the server wasn't within sight, when he found her in the kitchen he screamed at her, to which there are witnesses, the employee angrily said back "why are you screaming at me", is already angry at the employee and makes things worse. The fault lies with all..... The employee for not kissing the managers butt who butters the bread, the angry, ignorant customer that thought it was okay to grab the wristband, cuss her out, tell her to get herself educated little girl and demand the manager...... should have been asked to leave immediately and the Mis-manager who handled the both situations poorly....way to represent the whole corporation and protect a young woman under your management. She wanted her story to be told so others know that young people who really care about this Country are being attacked and isolated for it. But again they want to shut up the young people and isolate....actions are no surprise from all. God Bless Megan for caring about her Country and letting me tell others about it. Patriots you can decide for yourselves where you spend your money. Angry misinformed Libs, FOX News and Outback Steakhouse our response to you........Don't Tread On Me!!!

November 18 2011 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tszklasz

According to the story, she reacted by getting disruptive ("outburst). I have had terrible service by longtime employees who normally gave me great service. It happens. I beleive, by reading the article, that she was terminated due to her reaction. And remember, there is no free speech while under the employ of a private company. This has nothing to do with liberal v. tea party. It just makes for a good excuse. Take responsibility tea baggers.

November 17 2011 at 7:29 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Tonya F

She said in the kitchen to the manager "Gary why are you screaming at me?"

November 18 2011 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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