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Olive Garden: American flag display would disrupt dining experience
CBS 12 News (Alabama) ^ | 10/12/2011 | CBS LOCAL

Posted on 10/12/2011 8:36:59 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear

ANNISTON, Ala. -- Officials with the parent company of Olive Garden restaurants say they're sorry if a decision regarding an Alabama Kiwanis club's desire to display the American flag caused any concern.

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbs12.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: americanflag; antiamerican; corruption; darden; fraud; michelleobama; olivegarden; politicalcorrectness
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1 posted on 10/12/2011 8:37:09 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

A communist restaurant... they cannot ever get me to eat in their place... ever again.

LLS


2 posted on 10/12/2011 8:38:22 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Just unbelievable.


3 posted on 10/12/2011 8:39:55 AM PDT by Tulane
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
Olive Garden is a Darden Restaurants brand. Their other brands to avoid:

Red Lobster

Longhorn Steakhouse

The Captal Grille

Bahama Breeze

Seasons 52

4 posted on 10/12/2011 8:41:55 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Fall on your knees before Christ, your only salvation!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Whatever their ideology, you would think that the restaurant manager would realize that poking the local Kiwanis Club in the eye is not a very smart business decision.

But these days, ideology trumps all.


5 posted on 10/12/2011 8:42:11 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

As a private corporation, Olive Garden is free to set whatever policies they want regarding displays in their restaurants. Apparently they don’t allow flags or banners of any kind in their restaurants.

As a private citizen I am free to eat wherever I want. I don’t think I’ll want to eat at Olive Garden anytime soon.


6 posted on 10/12/2011 8:43:02 AM PDT by RonF
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To: LibLieSlayer

I am so unsettled. What is it with all this strange behavior from so many people coming to light in these recent years. What kind of person would object to an American flag?


7 posted on 10/12/2011 8:43:07 AM PDT by battlecry
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To: Dr. Thorne; All

isn’t the CEO a big campaign contributor to zero?? and didn’t the restaurants receive a waiver for obamacare??


8 posted on 10/12/2011 8:43:32 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

“Olive Garden:
When you’re here , you’re with (the Obama)
Family”.


9 posted on 10/12/2011 8:43:48 AM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Wonder how disruptive it would be just to take a crap in their big salad bowl? Screw Commie Garden!


10 posted on 10/12/2011 8:44:16 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

http://www.whitepages.com/business/olive-garden-italian-restaurant-oxford-al


11 posted on 10/12/2011 8:44:47 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

And their reason is: “to avoid disrupting the experience of other guests.”

Don’t the other guests know they’re in the USA? If their “experience” is disrupted by an American flag, they don’t belong in this country.


12 posted on 10/12/2011 8:45:22 AM PDT by kitkat (Obama, rope and chains)
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To: Dr. Thorne

https://www.olivegarden.com/About-Us/Contact-Us/


13 posted on 10/12/2011 8:45:35 AM PDT by petercooper (2012 - Purge more RINO's.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Yep. What was interesting were the comments below:

“Adam J. Boyer · Producer at NBCUniversal
Has nothing to do with what kind of flag; it’s a blanket policy. Your life will not change at all because of this news. It’s not the flag, it’s the disruption. Singing happy birthday is enough, many patrons don’t need a whole party going. IF they want to rent the entire restaurant out, then they can probably display what they want. It’s a business trying to make money.”

“Steve Ross · Michigan State University
Get a life people. It’s a blanket policy for all signs, banners, flags, etc.”

I will never patronize them myself.


14 posted on 10/12/2011 8:45:56 AM PDT by rlmorel (9/11: Aggression is attracted to weakness like sharks are to blood, and we were weak. We still are.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Good thing I never had dinner there. Who wants to eat at an un-American restaurant that serves fake Italian food.


15 posted on 10/12/2011 8:48:03 AM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on behalf of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Wow, Olive Garden is a real piece of stinking leftwing sh*t.


16 posted on 10/12/2011 8:48:12 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: kitkat

If this was to be a Kiwanis Club banquet, it was likely in a separate or banquet room, which would be completely removed from other guests.


17 posted on 10/12/2011 8:48:41 AM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: God luvs America

Yes and yes.


18 posted on 10/12/2011 8:49:30 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Fall on your knees before Christ, your only salvation!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

I’d bet that they would have no problem flying an Italian flag, though; would they?


19 posted on 10/12/2011 8:50:14 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: WKUHilltopper

I’ve decided before to boycott all Darden restaurants because they were in bed with The First Wookie on her ‘Let’s Move’ crap and making their french fries ‘PG’. This REALLY clinches it for me.


20 posted on 10/12/2011 8:51:25 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: LibLieSlayer

I sent the link to Drudge and he has it up. YAY!!! I hope to HELL this hurts their business.


21 posted on 10/12/2011 8:52:41 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: God luvs America

I think so.


22 posted on 10/12/2011 8:54:24 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Since this restaurant as well as the rest of those in the Darden group have decided to go along with Moochelle’s requirement of parental approval for kids to have french fries with their meals, it doesn’t surprise me that they also have contempt for our flag, the same as their Wookie Godmother.


23 posted on 10/12/2011 8:55:02 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Olive Garden restaurants another do not use place.


24 posted on 10/12/2011 8:55:24 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: petercooper
Thanks for the link, here is what I wrote:

I understand you would not allow a Kiwanis organization to display an American Flag at a meeting they arranged at your restaurant.

If this is because of some kind of blanket ban on displaying banners, then your policy should be changed or amended.

I have been a patron of your affiliated organizations for years, but if this is not changed or rectified, I and many others like me will take our business elsewhere.

When the American flag is deemed to be a distraction to diners, it is time to stop dining in a place that considers it a distraction.

25 posted on 10/12/2011 8:55:40 AM PDT by rlmorel (9/11: Aggression is attracted to weakness like sharks are to blood, and we were weak. We still are.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

It was a banquet not open to the general public. We not only pledge allegiance to the flag but sing God Bless America. Did McPasta stop them from singing too? What about singing Happy Birthday at birthday parties?


26 posted on 10/12/2011 8:56:33 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

I dunno if they’re being genuinely unpatriotic here. It’s the suits not wanting to tick somebody off.


27 posted on 10/12/2011 8:58:03 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy Atlanta General Assembly: We are worthless losers. WE ARE WORTHLESS LOSERS!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Simple solution. Kiwanis should just tell the Olive Garden they are taking their business elsewhere.


28 posted on 10/12/2011 8:58:21 AM PDT by golf lover
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To: smalltownslick

If you read the article, the manager said that they in fact do NOT have a separate/private dining room, and that factors into the policy.


29 posted on 10/12/2011 8:59:03 AM PDT by RonF
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To: Vaduz

‘PG’ fries.

http://news.yahoo.com/mrs-obama-applauds-olive-garden-announcement-161936772.html


30 posted on 10/12/2011 8:59:56 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: RonF

Then Olive Garden should have told Kiwanis they do not allow group functions.


31 posted on 10/12/2011 9:01:00 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: All

Olive Garden managment must WANT the restaurant to go out of business.

Do any of the Veteran’s associations know about this?
Do any of the other patriotic groups know about this?


32 posted on 10/12/2011 9:01:29 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: petercooper

You will understand if I and my family leave your brand to pursue your offensive disdain for this nation’s flag without us. We have had our last meal at the Olive Garden chain. I imagine you can save on overhead by discontinuing menus in English. I doubt you’ll have much call for them.


33 posted on 10/12/2011 9:03:00 AM PDT by davius (You can roll manure in powdered sugar but that don't make it a jelly doughnut.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

American Flag = votes for Republicans.
American Flag = no votes for Democrats
American Flag = no votes for Obama

Darden is an Obama donor.

Darden is sacrificing shareholders for the ugly first lady. (ugly on the inside)


34 posted on 10/12/2011 9:03:59 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: rlmorel

Olive Garden, Red Lobster to slash fat and salt; Michelle Obama declares healthy ‘breakthrough’

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2779633/posts

you need to fall in line with the wants of your overseers.
they only have your best interests in mind, you know.


35 posted on 10/12/2011 9:04:24 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

People who are upset should band together in a group wearing all sorts of American flag clothing. There’s these jackets and T-shirts that people could wear that have the flag motif. Go as a large group. What will they do? Show their true colors by not allowing them in? Have news reporters standing by.


36 posted on 10/12/2011 9:04:35 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Talent Without Ambition Is Sad, Ambition Without Talent Is Worse.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

People still eat at Olive Garden? I gave up on chain places several years ago.


37 posted on 10/12/2011 9:04:51 AM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: massgopguy

“Disruptive”? Our name is Pontiac Indian for “a bunch of us having a good time”!


38 posted on 10/12/2011 9:05:19 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: kitkat

I’ve had the opportunity to visit in four foreign countries. In each of those countries their flags were everywhere and easily visible. What a shock that I wasn’t ‘offended’.


39 posted on 10/12/2011 9:06:18 AM PDT by JPG (America is worth saving. All hands on deck!)
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To: SkyDancer

Great idea!!!


40 posted on 10/12/2011 9:06:18 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: Dr. Thorne

I would rather NOT eat at a restaurant that colludes with the Obama administration!! Give me a Chick-fil-A any day....


41 posted on 10/12/2011 9:07:07 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: kitkat
And their reason is: “to avoid disrupting the experience of other guests.”

Well, those screaming kids and people with piercings all over their bodies disrupt my dining experience...are they gonna have a blanket policy for that????

42 posted on 10/12/2011 9:07:14 AM PDT by PLOM...NOT! (Checking in from Wisconsin)
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To: battlecry
The muslim professor in my college who would be the first one to complain...FOLKS I really believe we are in the last days of the existence of our nation...I GRIEF for our ONCE mighty Under God and patriotic nation...WE ARE DONE! No sense in arguing with me...CAUSE you sense it too! And the feeling is strong!! :(
43 posted on 10/12/2011 9:08:19 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

I know something that would disrupt their dining service even more. Their horrible, horrible food. Never again.


44 posted on 10/12/2011 9:10:14 AM PDT by Trillian
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Who the hell are they pandering to? Only black and white Americans eat there! Who the hell are they pandering to?

I hate it. Another damned good restaurant needlessly headed for the crapper in a bad economy due solely to PC. S**t!


45 posted on 10/12/2011 9:11:14 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: arderkrag

My wife and I went to one when they first opened, and thought it was not bad. We went to one a second time, and the food was so overseasoned it was nearly inedible, and we have never gone back.

The fact that they needed someone (the government) to tell them to add less salt speaks volumes.

I do enjoy Longhorn, and will find out their policy before I go back.


46 posted on 10/12/2011 9:11:45 AM PDT by rlmorel (9/11: Aggression is attracted to weakness like sharks are to blood, and we were weak. We still are.)
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To: massgopguy
Then Olive Garden should have told Kiwanis they do not allow group functions.

Betcha they'd book a luncheon for a local union in a heartbeat, AFL-CIO banner and all.

47 posted on 10/12/2011 9:11:49 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: kitkat
And their reason is: “to avoid disrupting the experience of other guests.”

Someone should open a flag wrapped roach coach across the street.

48 posted on 10/12/2011 9:11:51 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: arderkrag

try Buca

http://www.bucadibeppo.com/


49 posted on 10/12/2011 9:12:28 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: RonF

That’s funny because they allow Happy Birthday banners to be hung.....


50 posted on 10/12/2011 9:14:19 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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