St. Louis Sports Bar Gives Man Receipt Criticizing His Child

offensive receiptIf you work in a restaurant and want to make fun of a customer, do not do it on a receipt, which you then give to the customer. A server at a St. Louis sports bar is the latest to make this error, when she added an order for "F***** NEEDY KIDS" onto a gentleman's bill.

On Father's Day, Joseph Gibson called up Friendly's Sports Bar & Grill to ask if he could bring his child to the establishment, which usually only permits clientele 21 and up, reports the St.Louis Post-Dispatch. The man answering the phone agreed, because it was Father's Day, but when Gibson received the receipt for his fried chicken dinner there was the profane reference to needy children, right below the extra poultry leg he'd ordered for his son.

The reportedly furious Gibson uploaded a photo of the receipt to the Facebook page of the Post-Dispatch. Gibson said that he had phoned the Friendly's manager to say that he was offended, and to ask what action would be taken, and was purportedly told that "if your [sic] that highly offended then don't come in," after which the person taking the call hung up.

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The Post-Dispatch called the bar and owner Denny Domachowski told the newspaper that there had been no issues -- the child was perfectly well behaved, and the service was polite. It was just a silly little joke that the waitress intended only for the cook's eyes, and had intended to delete from the bill. "Normally, those [kitchen] instructions are cleared off the bill before it's printed and given to the customer," he said. "But, obviously, they weren't."

"I can understand why the gentleman was upset," Domachowski continued, "and that's why I apologize." But in speaking to CNN, Domachowski also defended the waitress, saying that "she was just in a hurry" and that he couldn't understand why Gibson was "making a mountain of a mole hill."

Gibson is making far less of a stir than other customers who've found insulting remarks on their receipts, though. Last month, for instance, a woman of Korean descent filed a million dollar lawsuit against a CVS in New Jersey over her receipt, which read "Lee, Ching Chong."

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The meal and service were acceptable, the restaurant was kind enough to let this man bring his kid in, they only got rude when he started whining about the comment on the receipt, they should have just refunded his money for the meal and sent him on his way. People are too f***ing sensitive now a days, big damn deal, get over it. (By the way, the correct spelling is dining, not dinning)

June 25 2013 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Immediately calling over the server, then requesting they bring the manager to the table ....that would have been MY move.

This is unacceptable behavior from ANY server. I don't care how that child acted. If a child is unruly, the server should have had the manager speak to the parent. However, it states the child was not a problem. Why someone would think this action from an employee is acceptable is beyond me. The customers are the bread and butter of an establishment like that.

June 24 2013 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This seems to be becoming and epidemic. The employees doing this are not only rude and insensitive but complete idiots ! "Jennifer" just posted a comment on how funny this was ! Yeah, hahaha ! Real funny. You have no idea what happened unless you were there...just ridiculous ! Not to mention, while the service industry is not an easy one, this is not the way to vent ! Also, I wouldn't normally blame the establishment as it is the idiocy, immaturity, and uneducated act of another, but in this case, I DO blame Friendly's due to their response.

June 24 2013 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hahahaha guess where I wont be eating

June 24 2013 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it is funny. Apparently that spoiled child was out of control and a menace to the dining pleasures of others. The child didn't belong there and the father had no control of him.

June 24 2013 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jennifer's comment

I had that a couple of months ago at a local place. A kid screaming for 45 minutes at a table, and the parents behaving even worse by not doing anything about it. It was a total disrespect for the other paying customers, by two people who's parenting skills should certainly be called into question. You lazy, "inconvenienced", selfish parents out there: because you can have kids, doesn't mean that you should have kids. I mean, look at those kids who viciously attacked that elderly bus monitor last year on "Youtube". All of that behavior originates from the home, and I'm glad that nice lady now has a lot of money for going through that hell, probably on a daily basis. Those kids: they went home to the same crappy parents, and they'll be back next year to start their nonsense all over again.

June 24 2013 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What everyone seems to be missing here is that Dennis from the restaurant said that it was "a silly little joke that the waitress intended only for the cook's eyes," Why would she feel it was important to tip off the cook to "needy kids?" What was the cook supposed to do with it? Put "something special" in the needy kids food? Friendly's is apparently treating this like a big joke! Her remarks were offensive and troubling! I wouldn't want to eat there!

June 24 2013 at 6:19 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to airlin1's comment

You are spot on!!! There is not reason for any such remarks from this or any other business. It seems like these places have forgotten just who it is that pays their wages!

June 24 2013 at 10:21 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Guess what....a server 's job is to serve the food, not critique children. Writing that on the receipt was out of line & this person should be FIRED immediately! That guy & his kids should get a free meal for that...Totally disrespectful of a father out on Father's Day! Shame on you!

June 22 2013 at 5:51 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Since the man asked permission to bring his son to the restaurant and the owner of the restaurant allowed it to happen, the father should have been able to expect professional service. If the restaurant employees were going to make a big deal out of serving the child, they should have just told the father to pick a different restaurant. I believe the restaurant should at the very least make the waitress pay for the cost of the meal.

June 22 2013 at 9:18 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

waaa.....everybody is offended in this day-n-age sweet little kids are perfect. Perhaps if more parents "raised their kid's" and taught them manors, they wouldn't get nasty notes.

June 21 2013 at 9:13 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Wazzzup?'s comment

Apparently you missed the part where the MANAGER said the child was very well behaved and that it was intended as a "joke". Not very professional. It is apparent that you do not have a clue what you are "talking" about.

June 24 2013 at 10:23 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Malinda Wilson Smith

Excuse me, it was the owner who said there were NO issues of behavior by the child. That the waitress was in a "hurry." Apparently not in so much of a hurry she didn't have time to insult a family. A lot of wait people hate their jobs and are purposely slow and ineffective at it. Stooping to insult a customer is just low brow and should not be tolerated in a reputable restaurant. But in our society where children are a bother, abort them whenever possible, they're a nuisance and a drain on time and the out of touch state of mind we're in, I'm not surprised. Chaos theory in affect yet again.

June 24 2013 at 11:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As a dad, I try to understand that others don\'t find my kids to be as wonderful as I do, particularly in an adult environment. Perhaps dad should try not to impose his kid on others. It\'s not an insult its a learning opportunity.

June 20 2013 at 8:59 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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