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Has anyone freeped Olive Garden Yet?
The Drudge Report ^ | Oct 12, 2011 | As seen on Drudge

Posted on 10/12/2011 12:10:04 PM PDT by austinaero

Olive Garden Denies Local Kiwanis Group the right to fly the American flag during pledge of allegiance


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Apparently the Olive Garden in Oxford, Alabama, refused the request of the local Kiwanis Club to fly the flag during one of their meetings at Olive Garden. The Orlando-based parent company Darden industries made a statement that included this quote: ""To be fair to everyone and avoid disrupting the dining experience for all other guests, they're unable to accommodate flags or banners of any type in the dining room," according to the statement.

You can read more: http://www.cbs12.com/articles/garden-4735966-flag-olive.html#ixzz1ab0WPReP

1 posted on 10/12/2011 12:10:07 PM PDT by austinaero
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To: austinaero

Olive Garden is working with Michelle Obama to “right” the wrongs of their food as well.

I’ve found my crockpot and everything that I can eat at Olive Garden can be made cheaper and better at home.


2 posted on 10/12/2011 12:12:53 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: austinaero

better chain option:

try Buca

http://www.bucadibeppo.com/


3 posted on 10/12/2011 12:14:06 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: austinaero

Sent them an email. Also included a french fry nazi comment. Plenty of other places to eat around here.


4 posted on 10/12/2011 12:14:11 PM PDT by usafretired
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To: netmilsmom

You got that right!


5 posted on 10/12/2011 12:14:36 PM PDT by austinaero ((More Bark, Less Wag))
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To: austinaero

I sent an email earlier today:

Subject: Flag?

FROM: PDMiller
TO: hschauer@darden.com

So the US Flag is a disruption to other diners? Well, count on it not disrupting me as I will never set foot in another Olive Garden again.

PDMiller


6 posted on 10/12/2011 12:15:34 PM PDT by PDMiller
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To: austinaero

I found the phone number of the next phone call I intend to me:

Darden Restaurants
1000 Darden Center Dr. Phone: 407-245-4000
Orlando, FL Fax: 407-245-5389
32837

Website with contact info also:
http://www.darden.com/about/contact_us.asp


7 posted on 10/12/2011 12:17:38 PM PDT by austinaero ((More Bark, Less Wag))
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To: austinaero

Loss-Cot them.


8 posted on 10/12/2011 12:20:14 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: austinaero
"To be fair to everyone and avoid disrupting the dining experience for all other guests, they're unable to accommodate flags or banners of any type in the dining room,"

Their restaurant, their rules. Don't necessarily agree with them, but they are absolutely in their rights to say you can't have flags or banners in their facility.

9 posted on 10/12/2011 12:20:15 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: netmilsmom

You are right about Olive Garden.

Disney is (ugh) in bed with her too.

These businesses which whore for the regime need to lose some 30% - 40% of their trade. To hell with nanny state syndicalism and corporatism.


10 posted on 10/12/2011 12:23:38 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

I totally understand the “rights” angle. I don’t care if it’s legal, it’s still wrong (as are so many things legal).


11 posted on 10/12/2011 12:24:40 PM PDT by austinaero ((More Bark, Less Wag))
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To: austinaero

Though, come to think of it, I suspect there is at least one Italian flag in there somewhere.


12 posted on 10/12/2011 12:25:24 PM PDT by austinaero ((More Bark, Less Wag))
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

They can have their rules, but not my patronage.


13 posted on 10/12/2011 12:25:32 PM PDT by ADSUM (Democracy works when citizens get involved and keep government honest.)
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To: austinaero
Here's a good place to tell them.

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/OliveGarden?sk=wall

14 posted on 10/12/2011 12:26:10 PM PDT by Wilderness Conservative
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
And I am free not to eat at any Darden Restaurants.
15 posted on 10/12/2011 12:26:10 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: austinaero

I haven’t been to Olive Garden since they went all PC and took veal off their menu.


16 posted on 10/12/2011 12:26:47 PM PDT by SoJoCo
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To: austinaero

Never went to that artificial Italian restaurnat....Never will....


17 posted on 10/12/2011 12:27:03 PM PDT by geege
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To: austinaero

Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze, & Capital Grille), has committed the following mortal sins:

1. They are large donors to Planned Parenthood
2. They received an exemption to Obamacare
3. They removed French fries from their menu in an effort to model Moochelle’s fitness plan. What a laugh.

And now, this nonsense about the flag. They can rot. I’ll go without before I set foot in one of their slop holes again.


18 posted on 10/12/2011 12:27:19 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: austinaero

Eat at Carrabbas, the food is much better and they support Operation Freedom, which provides a taste of home to our men and women serving in harm’s way.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/OSI-Restaurant-Partners-prnews-1274668828.html?x=0


19 posted on 10/12/2011 12:27:19 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
Their restaurant, their rules. Don't necessarily agree with them, but they are absolutely in their rights to say you can't have flags or banners in their facility.

I didn't see any posts declaring that Olive Garden was breaking any laws by banning flags of any type in their restaurants. However, what I do see, and wholeheartedly agree with, are posts declaring that Olive Garden restaurants are now officially off the list of places where some FReepers will spend their money. I'm one of those folks. In an era where many national chain restaurants are going bankrupt as the Obama economy squeezes us dry and eating out is becoming an unaffordable luxury, Olive Garden's hyper-sensitive corporate owners may regret their decision to ban the display of an American flag in their mediocre restaurants. We have plenty of other choices - which is what I love about the free market.

20 posted on 10/12/2011 12:28:22 PM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

I agree, Find another place to hold your meetings——and to dine.


21 posted on 10/12/2011 12:28:32 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: austinaero

It is their restaurant, they can make whatever rules they want.
If these rules are consistent and across the board, that’s they way it should be.
It is also (according to the story) this particular restaurant did not have a private dinning area, that was the primary reason.
Yes, if you feel strongly about it, plenty of other inexpensive “Italian” restaurants to find a meal at.


22 posted on 10/12/2011 12:28:44 PM PDT by svcw (Those who are easily shocked... should be shocked more often. - Mae West)
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To: austinaero

Give it up. There are bigger battles to fight than trying to tell a restaurant how to operate.

They explained that there was a policy not to allow any banners, etc. because of lack of room. It’s apparently a smaller restaurant with no private dining room for meetings.

This is not about patriotism but about practicality. Give Olive Garden the benefit of the doubt on this one.


23 posted on 10/12/2011 12:28:44 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Jim Scott
their decision to ban the display of an American flag

This is where I have the problem, Jim. They did not decide to ban the display of an American flag.

They did not.

They have a policy, already in place, not to allow flags and banners in the dining area.

What you, and others I suppose, are upset at is that they did not allow an exception to their rule for the American flag.

And while I may hope that they would do so, it is not "banning" the American flag for them not to make an exception.

24 posted on 10/12/2011 12:33:35 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: austinaero

Darden has caved on this!! They are getting lots of nasty calls and emails on this and they are modifying their policy. I called for the head of the manager that perpetrated this abomination. Keep it up Freepers.


25 posted on 10/12/2011 12:37:05 PM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: netmilsmom

No more Olive Garden meals for me ...


26 posted on 10/12/2011 12:37:31 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

Here is what they posted on their Facebook page - seems appropriate:

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.


27 posted on 10/12/2011 12:39:33 PM PDT by monkeypants (It's a Republic, if you can keep it.)
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To: austinaero

They regret that. The Kawanians are usually some of the most prominent members of the community.

‘Twould be a shame if they started to get crappy food inspection ratings.

I suspect the Kawanians will find another meeting place.


28 posted on 10/12/2011 12:43:11 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (The 2012 election is coming. Seems we have MORE TRASH TO REMOVE!)
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To: austinaero

Just sent them an Email. I told them “If the American flag is not good enough for Olive Garden,then neither am I, and my family.” No more Darden restaurants or their gift cards. I hope they enjoy and embrace their diversity.


29 posted on 10/12/2011 12:50:09 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (I've been dipping into my jar full of Hope & Change just to buy gas!!)
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To: Psalm 144

These businesses which whore for the regime need to lose some 30% - 40% of their trade

From a manager at a chain eatery I frequent, “all eatery’s are at a 25% loss in revenue due to economy down turn”. With a cot, that only leaves a 10% more in loss.


30 posted on 10/12/2011 12:50:09 PM PDT by buck61
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
This is where I have the problem, Jim. They did not decide to ban the display of an American flag.

They did not.

I understood your point the first time.

They have a policy, already in place, not to allow flags and banners in the dining area.

Convenient, isn't it? By banning all flags, you don't have to single out the flag that represents our nation. I'm curious as to how long this policy has been in place.

What you, and others I suppose, are upset at is that they did not allow an exception to their rule for the American flag.

I believe that is obvious. This is not about displaying the flag of some sports team, which might actually generate some grumbling in some locations.

And while I may hope that they would do so, it is not "banning" the American flag for them not to make an exception.

An argument that is based on semantics and, for me, is hardly convincing. It side-steps the fact that Olive Garden, by refusing to waive the 'no flag' rule in their restaurants - which is their prerogative - to allow the temporary display of the flag that represents our country is the basis of what is offensive to many of us and why we will no longer patronize this business. That is our prerogative - and like Olive Garden's 'no flag' rule, we're not breaking any laws by not allowing Olive Garden an 'exemption'. What could be fairer?

At this juncture, I've fully stated my opinion and have no interest in belaboring this issue so this will be my last post on this particular thread.

31 posted on 10/12/2011 12:55:26 PM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Anything would be better.

I have eaten at one of their restaurants about 4 times and have never enjoyed their food.

I will never eat their by choice.


32 posted on 10/12/2011 1:05:08 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Jedidah

“This is not about patriotism but about practicality.” I disagree my friend.
I don’t buy for one minute that having an American flag flying is in any way disruptive and I don’t agree that if you allow the U.S. Flag you have to allow every flag on the planet. It’s not about fighting a battle,,it’s about communicating the little struggle. I’m glad Drudge picked it up.


33 posted on 10/12/2011 1:09:57 PM PDT by austinaero ((More Bark, Less Wag))
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To: Jedidah

“This is not about patriotism but about practicality.” I disagree my friend.
I don’t buy for one minute that having an American flag flying is in any way disruptive and I don’t agree that if you allow the U.S. Flag you have to allow every flag on the planet. It’s not about fighting a battle,,it’s about communicating the little struggle. I’m glad Drudge picked it up.


34 posted on 10/12/2011 1:10:17 PM PDT by austinaero ((More Bark, Less Wag))
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To: monkeypants

So Darden says “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.”

To my fellow freepers who don’t think this is anything to get worked up about - the above statement would NOT have happened if someone didn’t get worked up about it.

Seems they do NOT have a policy about banners after all. It’s also a good idea to CHALLENGE what doesn’t sound right.

Just my two cents


35 posted on 10/12/2011 1:12:50 PM PDT by austinaero ((More Bark, Less Wag))
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To: austinaero

bfl


36 posted on 10/12/2011 1:17:30 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Mr B has a new cousin on the way!)
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To: austinaero

No.... butya know that picture of the royal Mr. & Mrs. munching burgers and fries? Well.....my husband and I made an afterhours run to our local Olive Garden and taped an 8 X 10 Glossy photo of the grease oozing down their facees, right on their front door. We laughed all the way home.


37 posted on 10/12/2011 1:20:12 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: austinaero

Olive Garden off my list.


38 posted on 10/12/2011 1:29:37 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: austinaero
Olive Garden's recent action was an abomination against our American heritage.

But they have been an ongoing abomination against my Italian heritage ever since their opening day.

39 posted on 10/12/2011 1:32:06 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

Their restaurant, their rules. Absolutely right.
My stomach, my rules. Equally right.
I’ll miss Olive Garden right until I find a better place for Italian Food. Won’t take very long.


40 posted on 10/12/2011 1:32:44 PM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: "We print the news as it fits our views")
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To: austinaero

Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Capitol Grille, etc.) are run by Clarence Otis, Jr., a Buttswabber for Obama. I won’t eat at any Darden Restaurant because they are overrun with B4O types.


41 posted on 10/12/2011 1:54:23 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Perry is STILL a DemonRAT of the worst kind--one who is from Texass!)
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To: austinaero

Ok, now that they have changed their stance and have apologized for it, will the Freepers here change their stance and patronize the establishment?

Of course not!

They did something wrong and there is no forgiveness!

So the sound and fury over a perceived insult was no such thing after all. It was about people needing to feel outraged about something.

Anything.

Just like liberals who are always outraged over whatever they can twist into an insult.

We complain about political correctness, but we have our own form here. Something “insults” us, we rage about it. Something “offends” us, we call for a boycott.

These are the seeds of political correctness. Don’t we see that our hyper-sensitivity and need to be victims is just as disgusting as when it is exhibited by “the other side”?


42 posted on 10/12/2011 2:04:58 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: DarthVader
Darden has caved on this!!

As well they should. They are free to make any rules they choose but they also must be prepared to change those rules when they are idiotic and cost them on the bottom line. Other establishments should pay close attention to this episode. In a time of economic hardship any whiff of over-the-top PC will be dealt with by an aroused public prepared to spend their money elsewhere..

43 posted on 10/12/2011 2:26:20 PM PDT by JPG (America is worth saving. All hands on deck!)
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To: austinaero
I don’t buy for one minute that having an American flag flying is in any way disruptive
Frankly, if I were in the middle of eating dinner, and a large group of people came in, set up a flag display and then recited the Pledge, I'd be rather annoyed. There is a time and place for such displays, but I don't think interrupting everyone else's dinner is appropriate.

This sounds like the kind of activity which should be taken to a private dining room (which places like the Olive Garden typically don't have).

44 posted on 10/12/2011 2:26:24 PM PDT by Johnny B.
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To: austinaero

I have tremendous respect for the flag, but that doesn’t mean I have to fly it in my living room or that I can demand that it be displayed on any other private property.

I am perfectly capable of being a loyal and patriotic citizen without looking at a flag or insisting that its absence is a mark against the owner of a business.

That’s just silly and counter to the freedoms we claim to cherish.

If you don’t agree with Olive Garden, by all means don’t eat there.

However, this patriot police stuff needs to stop.


45 posted on 10/12/2011 2:31:51 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: austinaero

FYI, Oxford is just down the street from Anniston, AL, the former home of Fort McClellan, headquarters of the Military Police and Chemical Corps branches.

As such, I have a feeling that if there is an anti-flag policy, it is not particularly directed towards the United States “stars and stripes” as much as another flag known for its “stars and bars”.


46 posted on 10/12/2011 2:49:55 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: kalee
I loved Carrabbas when I tried it a few months ago.

I just sent an email to Darden's corporate relations site telling them what I thought. I hope others will send their comments as well. Money talks.

47 posted on 10/12/2011 3:46:54 PM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: LaineyDee

They support our soldiers with Operation Feeding Freedom, so I really think we should support the OSI restaurants. :) Carrabbas has always been my favorite for Italian. I think their food is the best among the chains. Although it is more expensive than Olive Garden or Macaroni Grill, I have found portions to be generous enough that I always bring home about half of my entrée for the next day.


48 posted on 10/12/2011 4:03:23 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: austinaero

An Olive Garden is being built in my town right now

I’ll check that type of thing out when they open...

One of the nice things that several national chains do for veterans is a free or cheaper meal on Veterans Day

Golden Corrall, O’Charlies, Applebys etc

Lets see what Olive Garden do for the veterans...

If they diss the veterans in this town they will be toast...


49 posted on 10/12/2011 4:22:40 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Jim Scott
Just face facts. You're a petty fascist who wants to demand a private business allow a special display of something you want displayed.

You have no respect for the founding principles of this nation, rule of law or private property. A fascist impulse disguised as super patriotism is no virtue.

"But it's the flaaaaaaaaaaaag." *wahhhhhh*

50 posted on 10/12/2011 4:36:00 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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