Many places dont do call ahead seating or reservations but I dont feel that this is what the real concern by the people posting all over an OC dinner I planned. Their take was that people planning events need to disclose to management/owners their are people coming to OC. It's not about reservations. I feel discussing OC with the owners for simple party for dinner is onerous an many people would just not plan events anymore including me. Also it's not easy to get a head count. I've had events with 5-8 turn into 15-20 and vis versa. As for courtesy to a restaurant after working the business for quite a long time I can tell you this they could care less really. The only difference is you will be sat quicker if the place takes call ahead seating or reservations.
Found it interesting Doug felt the need to post all over my meet but when I open up a thread he doesnt want to discuss it. Seems kind of strange to me.
Speaking of loaded...
"People posting all over an OC dinner I planned..." ok calm down, I didn't tell you you had to do a damn thing, I made three posts, I think. I made a suggestion, that you can take or leave, and resent how your statements here seem to be worded unnecessarily pointedly.
I feel that it is not necessary to tell people when they setup a simple meet & eat or get together that you have to question the management/owner of a restaurant on their opinion of 2A and will they let you OC there. In my opinion no but if people want to do it feel free.
Must you do this when your party becomes a certain size? In my opinion no but if people want to do it feel free.
I'm am curious about other peoples opinions on this issue and I'm also curious on how hard it will be for people to find places that will coordinate it with you. I feel this will severely limit the places in which you can eat and or go when it most cases wouldnt be noticed or cared about if you just showed up.
No you don't have to call ahead for a simple meet and greet. I insinuated that if
you were trying to educate and desensitize
that calling ahead might
help you in your goal [notwill
, but might
], and that the purpose of the call would not
be to ask permission, but to inform
them that you will be there, with intent to educate and desensitize
. At this point you're no longer just having a meal, you're using their establishment as a political forum, and while there is no law against it and you don't need permission, they may
be more appreciative and receptive.
If your goal is to have a meal
and meet in person
a few like-minded people you met on this website, as opposed to a political statement
, then there is no purpose in letting them know. Its a restaurant, they expect people to be eating there.
This is how the question was loaded... it made assumptions before answers were even given about what the 'intent of people posting all over your other thread' were thinking. An incorrect assumption, to be frank.
So please, read posts for intent before you get upset and start 'debate threads'.
I think the last thing we need is even more
unnecessary rifts and dissension after all the crap that has gone on this week.