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    Olive Garden - American flag display would disrupt dining. First guns, now flags

    http://www.cbs12.com/articles/garden...#ixzz1aa6dLDOZ

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    The comments come after 80-year-old Marti Warren of Anniston said she wasn't allowed to bring an American flag into an Olive Garden for a planned Kiwanis Club banquet in the east Alabama town of Oxford.
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    Olive garden is owned by Darden Restaurants. They do have a no weapon policy.

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    Article says "flags or banners of any type"

    Their tossing the American flag in the any ole category is despicable. These are today’s commies, sit down have a meal, happy to participate in the capitalist world, but don’t’ dare bring the flag around here where others can see it. Only eat there once myself, so it’s easy to say a second time should never happen. Well, unless we have a meet in my area with everyone wearing the stars and stripes.
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    Can't find the thread or link when I want it (anybody?), but Darden Industries is no longer anti-gun according to correspondence exchanged.

    Have OC'd every time I have been to an Olive Garden or Red Lobster, numerous times with a group of OCers, and never a problem.
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    Darden restaurants seem to be hit or miss when it comes to OC. The fact that they won't allow an American flag to be displayed is absolutely ridiculous. This is America, love it or leave it.
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    Perhaps we don't know the whole story fellas? If you have a restaurant with a very mellow colored theme do you want someone bringing in a big flag with different colors clashing the mood? I don't think this is an anti-US flag deal, I think olive garden just wants to control what's decorated in THEIR restaurant.

    before anyone hops my xxxxx I have every bit of respect for the US flag and took a few tongue lashings from many people here for defending the US Flag Code when members who claimed to be patriotic were violating our code for the flag. I've served on a base honor guard gave multiple folded flags to families of deceased veterans.
    ^ Not blowing myself up here, just throwing it out there before someone pulls a SCHLITZ ISN'T PATRIOTIC ANYONE WHO DOESN'T WANT THE US FLAG PLACED ON EVERY WALL OF EVERY BUILDING PRIVATE OR PUBLIC IS A COMMIE!!!
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    Schlitz is such a Commie, I can't believe he doesn't want the American flag to be allowed at Olive Garden, how unpatriotic!!! What is wrong with you Schlitz?!?

    Honestly, I only object to their reasoning that an American flag would disrupt other diners. Why not have a case by case determination regarding flags and banners?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigsd View Post
    Honestly, I only object to their reasoning that an American flag would disrupt other diners. Why not have a case by case determination regarding flags and banners?
    Or better yet, how about "no flags or banners except those of the country and/or state in which the restaurant is located"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavalryman View Post
    Or better yet, how about "no flags or banners except those of the country and/or state in which the restaurant is located"?
    I like that!!

    Darden restaurants could provide them/have on hand for special meetings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavalryman View Post
    Or better yet, how about "no flags or banners except those of the country and/or state in which the restaurant is located"?
    Yep, that would work too!
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    I have no source to cite for this except FB...

    Olive Garden Italian Restaurant: We've had some questions about whether or not guests can bring the American flag into our restaurants. We are very sorry for any misunderstanding about this issue. We do not have a policy at Olive Garden concerning bringing the American flag into our restaurants. Some members of our team were misinformed about company policy by our corporate office. As a company we take responsibility for that and we regret it. We take pride in how we communicate to our restaurants and we are correcting this so it doesn't happen again. Like all Americans we have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the American flag and everything it symbolizes, and we welcome anyone who wishes to bring the flag into our restaurants. In fact, we periodically provide American flag collar pins to our employees to wear while serving guests.
    Maybe someone can collaborate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xd shooter View Post
    I have no source to cite for this except FB...



    Maybe someone can collaborate?
    I can't collaborate but I am going to call that their CYA response...
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    Olive Garden has a no weapons policy? well dang I've carried in there a bunch... you'd think they would post a sign or tell someone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xd shooter View Post
    I have no source to cite for this except FB...



    Maybe someone can collaborate?
    Collaborate?

    I would never collaborate. I don't want to be a flaved wag.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen View Post
    Collaborate?

    I would never collaborate. I don't want to be a flaved wag.

    Wow, even I wasn't paying attention. I repeated the error. The word should be corroborate....lol
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    I would never have eaten there to begin with (around here, their food is all premade, frozen meals that they just microwave), but I am positive to never eat there for any reason.
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    Anniston, AL is the home of the recently closed by BRAC Army base Fort McClellan.

    For them to do this, at that place, is just pure stupidity and ignorance... if not a complete slap in the face of the local economy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavalryman View Post
    Or better yet, how about "no flags or banners except those of the country and/or state in which the restaurant is located"?
    +1. That's what most meeting locations do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by since9 View Post
    +1. That's what most meeting locations do.
    We could setup a dinner for a location.... And all wear the most red/white/blue cothing possible even american flag jumpsuits... How would that go over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baked on Grease View Post
    We could setup a dinner for a location.... And all wear the most red/white/blue cothing possible even american flag jumpsuits... How would that go over?

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    So, would the group be dining NAKED if they were asked to remove the offending Red, White, and Blue?
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    Not unless you wear your red/white/blue undies too.
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    Olive Garden doesn't have meeting rooms, so this group wanted to, essentially, hold their meeting, with pledge and all, in the open dining area.

    If I was eating there unaffiliated with a group --any group-- who disrupted my meal in that way, I'd be very irritated. Allowing such disruptions is bad business, but then so is ******* off a lot of people due to bad publicity. It's a careful balancing act. When I was a full service restaurant manager, I sometimes had to make that decision, knowing that the customer is not always right. The customer who drives away other customers is wrong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KBCraig View Post
    Olive Garden doesn't have meeting rooms, so this group wanted to, essentially, hold their meeting, with pledge and all, in the open dining area.

    If I was eating there unaffiliated with a group --any group-- who disrupted my meal in that way, I'd be very irritated. Allowing such disruptions is bad business, but then so is ******* off a lot of people due to bad publicity. It's a careful balancing act. When I was a full service restaurant manager, I sometimes had to make that decision, knowing that the customer is not always right. The customer who drives away other customers is wrong!
    I strongly agree!
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    Not a big fan of OG, period. However, I had to visit our local one for a family gathering.....the one here did not have any signage prohibiting firearms.

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    So do they proscribe carrying weapons or not?

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