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Cancer patient kicked out of Morton's Steakhouse for wearing beanie hat
The Daily Mail ^ | 17 December 2013 | DAVID MCCORMACK

Posted on 12/17/2013 7:49:24 PM PST by moonshinner_09

A cancer-sufferer attending a Christmas party at a Morton’s Steakhouse on Friday night was ordered to remove a beanie hat he was wearing to protect him from the cold in an unpleasant incident that escalated quickly when the manager called the police. Robert Chambers, who runs and hosts a Tennessee shopping channel show called The Coin Vault, is currently battling a treatable form of cancer which he was first diagnosed with in March. Chambers was well enough to take his employees to dinner at the steakhouse’s downtown Nashville branch on Friday, but towards the end of meal he started to feel the cold and so put the beanie hat on his head.‘The chemo I had last gives me a cold sensitivity at the end of the day. It doesn't matter what I've done, there's a certain point.’ Chambers told NashvilleScene.com. ‘So I'm sitting there at the table, freezing and I put my toboggan on. We're two or three minutes away from walking out and the manager comes up behind me and says, “Would you please take that off in the dining room.” I said, “Sure.”’Chambers was informed that he was in violation of the restaurant's dress code, even though it doesn’t actually say anything about hats and only suggests men wear business attire or smart casual wear. While Chambers quickly obliged with the manager’s request, other members of the party - including his 23-year-old son - tried to explain that their was a perfectly legitimate medical reason for wearing the hat indoors.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: cancer; donutwatch; mortonssteakhouse; nashvilletennessee
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To: moonshinner_09

Should this in Breaking News?


2 posted on 12/17/2013 7:53:12 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: moonshinner_09; Armen Hareyan; B4Ranch; BykrBayb; cajungirl; cookcounty; dadfly; duckbutt; ...
CANCER WARRIORS PING

This is a ping list for cancer survivors and caregivers to share information. If you would like your name added to or removed from this ping list, please tell us in the comments section at this link (click here).

(For the most updated list of names, click on the same link and scroll to the end of the comments.)

3 posted on 12/17/2013 7:55:22 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: moonshinner_09

It appears another article on this story is posted here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3102637/posts

Just cross-referencing the two articles.


4 posted on 12/17/2013 7:57:00 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: sickoflibs

Everything is Breaking News if you are a Drama Queen.


5 posted on 12/17/2013 7:57:03 PM PST by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: moonshinner_09

Cancer or not, cold or not, what is wrong with putting on a beanie, whether you are getting ready to leave or not at this restaurant?
Morton throwing a few paltry dollars to the cancer hospital would not make this go away for me easily.


6 posted on 12/17/2013 7:58:43 PM PST by rawhide
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To: moonshinner_09

You can put money on it that if it was a headscarf no one would have said a thing.

Except maybe that manager would have asked the guy to bring a note from his Inman proving his religion?


7 posted on 12/17/2013 7:59:20 PM PST by bestintxas (Obamacare = Obamascrewed)
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To: moonshinner_09

More a problem about Restaurant etiquette than anything else. They were wrong on all counts. This shows much more than an episode about cancer patients.

Folks should consider this when eating out. Seems things have only gotten worse in the last few years.


8 posted on 12/17/2013 8:01:40 PM PST by Deagle
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To: bestintxas

Mountain out of a molehill.


9 posted on 12/17/2013 8:02:07 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: sickoflibs

The news is broadcast in several languages at once.


10 posted on 12/17/2013 8:02:49 PM PST by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09

Whereas my heart strings can be pulled for a cancer patient too, private establishments are permitted their own dress codes. Men will remove their hats when in service at the church I attend, cancer or not. Those too unhealthy to comply (or too vain to comply) may certainly request a pastoral visit at a place of their choosing. It's a slippery slope once patrons are allowed to dictate policy.


11 posted on 12/17/2013 8:04:28 PM PST by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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I bet the manager was like this guy!
12 posted on 12/17/2013 8:06:12 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: so_real
Men will remove their hats when in service at the church I attend, cancer or not.

Does your church have a specific, written dress code that says this?

Really?

What denomination?

13 posted on 12/17/2013 8:08:28 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: sickoflibs

I’ve eaten in that specific Morton’s several times...never again, until I hear that there is new management.


14 posted on 12/17/2013 8:09:35 PM PST by GilesB
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To: iowamark; Impy; moonshinner_09
RE :”Everything is Breaking News if you are a Drama Queen.”

If a restaurant can kick someone out for refusing to take off a beanie then the end of the days are near.

Dress codes today
Death camps tomorrow.

Man this is fun

15 posted on 12/17/2013 8:09:48 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: sickoflibs

Second thread about some fool getting kicked out of a restaurant.

STOP THE PRESSES!


16 posted on 12/17/2013 8:11:21 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: so_real

This wasn’t church.

The restaurant certainly has the right to have a dress code, but they should post it before asking someone to leave because of it.

This was extremely poor behavior on the part of the restaurant.


17 posted on 12/17/2013 8:14:39 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

It’s understanding that let’s people like us tolerate a person such as yourself.


18 posted on 12/17/2013 8:20:12 PM PST by Benito Cereno
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To: sickoflibs

Go to the SPJST dance hall south of Temple, Texas for some honky-tonkin’ and you will not be allowed in with a cowboy hat. Too many fights are started by people touching someone else’s hat.

As for a restaurant, I think they went way too far.


19 posted on 12/17/2013 8:20:33 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: sickoflibs

Should never have gotten that far. Either a Maitre d’ or hostess should have informed the diner that his attire was inappropriate long before he was seated.


20 posted on 12/17/2013 8:21:22 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: iowamark
Everything is Breaking News if you are a Drama Queen.

Everything is General/Chat if you've been drinking long enough.

It's just a matter of perspective.

21 posted on 12/17/2013 8:26:32 PM PST by FredZarguna (Harry Angel: 'Cause you know what today is? Today is Wednesday. It's anything can happen day.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

“Too many fights are started by people touching someone else’s hat.”

I’m sure tempers can be easily cooled down by singing “Gimme Some Lovin’” ;)


22 posted on 12/17/2013 8:27:36 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: sickoflibs; GilesB; Revolting cat!
They screwed up. They were stupid and they know they screwed up. Here is what they are trying to do to make it right:

Morton's issues an apology and tries to set things right.

From the article: The restaurant responded Monday to the wave of criticism. Tim Whitlock, senior vice president of operations and chief operating officer for Morton’s The Steakhouse, wrote in a statement:

“Our executive team has been in contact with Mr. Chambers who fully accepted our apology. There was a complete and total misunderstanding by our staff who had no idea that our guest had a medical condition. Our actions were uninformed and our intentions were not malicious. As a sign of our sincere apology and commitment to the community, we are donating on behalf of Mr. Chambers, $2,000.00 to the St. Jude’s Hospital. In addition, Morton’s The Steakhouse will also partner with Mr. Chambers to underwrite a cancer fundraiser...At Morton’s The Steakhouse, superior customer service is our first priority. We appreciate the patronage of our loyal guests and look forward to continuing to serve the Nashville community. We embrace our role as an iconic location where generations come to share special moments and memories.”

That said, I would give them another chance. I don't know of a many restaurants that haven't had a customer service issue. What is important in my eyes is how they deal with them. I think this is fine, and I'll bet Mr. Chambers will find it in himself to forgive them.

Just a dumb ass manager.

23 posted on 12/17/2013 8:28:19 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Revolting cat!; VerySadAmerican; VeniVidiVici; rlmorel; GilesB
RE :”Second thread about some fool getting kicked out of a restaurant. STOP THE PRESSES”

I agree 100%

If a restaurant can kick someone out for refusing to take off a beanie then the end of the days are near.

Dress codes today
Death camps tomorrow.

24 posted on 12/17/2013 8:30:29 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: sickoflibs
The first version of this story that I read said that he was asked for a Dr's note to prove he was being treated for cancer.

Now he was kicked out of the restaurant?

I'm wondering how bad his treatment will be in the next version that I hear.

I do absolutely feel for anyone who's life is so dramatically affected by cancer, but I don't respect anyone that expects ALL of the rest of society to change to accommodate their situation. Life is not fair.

25 posted on 12/17/2013 8:32:48 PM PST by Washi
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To: VeniVidiVici

This was just a screw up.

And you are right. If they were that worked up about it, they should have addressed it early on, and there probably would not have been a misunderstanding.

That said, I regret that there is no dress code now for nearly anything. People go to weddings in t-shirts, funerals in jeans, church in pajama bottoms, and restaurants with baseball hats worn inside.

I have nothing against baseball hats or any hat, but I was raised to remove my cover when inside, particularly when eating. I understand a diner, a Wendy’s and so on, but I feel that something has been lost by not having any standard.

There is no room anymore for ceremony with proper attire. But that is just me.


26 posted on 12/17/2013 8:34:51 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: sickoflibs

What is your take on the situation? (besides the “death camps tomorrow” thing...)


27 posted on 12/17/2013 8:37:29 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: sickoflibs
Apology accepted time (to) be on. I have more important things to fight than Morton's.'

I had sympathy for this guy, but this comment is stupid. You can't accept the apology and then say you have more important things to fight than Morton's. You would only say that if you didn't care about the apology. He's an idiot. But, good luck with the cancer.
28 posted on 12/17/2013 8:41:52 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Benito Cereno; Jack Hydrazine

Where did that come from? Jack just posted a picture!


29 posted on 12/17/2013 8:42:48 PM PST by namvolunteer (Obama says the US is subservient to the UN and the Constitution does not apply. That is treason.)
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To: rlmorel

I went to an Elks Club for lunch with a friend on the recommendation of another. After the meal and leaving a tip, we were asked if we were Elk’s Club members. We said ‘no’, but were recommended the place by a friend.

The management left it at that and I’ve never been back. They have their rules, but weren’t jerks about it. And...I respect them!


30 posted on 12/17/2013 8:44:08 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

This is not a ground breaking new tradition. It's embraced by Catholics, Protestants, and Lutherans alike. Read up : https://www.google.com/#q=remove+hat+in+church and you'll even discover Biblical precedent : http://www.openbible.info/topics/wearing_hats.


31 posted on 12/17/2013 8:45:16 PM PST by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: andyk
RE :”Apology accepted time (to) be on. I have more important things to fight than Morton's.’
...
I had sympathy for this guy, but this comment is stupid.

WTF?? I didn't write that.

32 posted on 12/17/2013 8:46:28 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: so_real

LOL! Love satire.


33 posted on 12/17/2013 8:47:07 PM PST by Dave W
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To: rlmorel
I don't know of a many restaurants that haven't had a customer service issue.

Yep. There is no such animal. It was definitely an overzealous manager. No reason for folks to go ballistic. The internet sucks sometimes.
34 posted on 12/17/2013 8:48:16 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Girlene

No it wasn't a church. But it was private property with an established etiquette policy ... just like church. The parallel is a valid one. Ruin it for one, you ruin it for the other by incrementalism.


35 posted on 12/17/2013 8:48:26 PM PST by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: so_real

My restaurants were 5 star French, with strict dress code.. I would not have enforced a code on a medical patient.. However I made Billy Martin, and Mickey Mantel remove their Cowboy hats before seating them..

Martin was the GM of the New York Yankees, and who doesn’t know Mickey Mantel.. Martin said, “Do you know who I am?”.. I said yes sir I do, he asked if I still wanted him to remove his hat, and I say YES I DO, Mr. Martin, and Mr. Mantel as well..

He then said if that was the way it was, he was going to leave.. I asked if he needed a Taxi, or did he have transportation? They walked out..


36 posted on 12/17/2013 8:48:29 PM PST by carlo3b (“Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad,” Henry Kissinger)
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To: namvolunteer

That pic was on a website. But that pic isn’t me.


37 posted on 12/17/2013 8:49:28 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: sickoflibs
WTF?? I didn't write that.

Heh. No, you didn't. The cancer patient did. It's in the link.
38 posted on 12/17/2013 8:50:14 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: rlmorel; Washi; andyk
RE :”What is your take on the situation? (besides the “death camps tomorrow” thing...)”

We need a law that throws restaurant owners in jail for discriminating against cancer patients for wearing their beanies in their restaurants and refusing to take them off.

First they came for the blacks
Then the gays
Then the cancer patients wearing beanie hats in restaurants

Have we no humanity left??

39 posted on 12/17/2013 8:50:48 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: sickoflibs

Your link was the first that could be replied to, since the OP’s comment was deleted :)


40 posted on 12/17/2013 8:51:06 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: carlo3b

Great story! I bet you were sweating bullets making that call :-)


41 posted on 12/17/2013 8:52:32 PM PST by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: sickoflibs

This is normal discourse for you?


42 posted on 12/17/2013 8:55:17 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: moonshinner_09
...violation of the restaurant's dress code, even though it doesn’t actually say anything about hats and only suggests men wear business attire or smart casual wear..wow - how hoidy-toidy can you get - I'm glad I live here in barbarous Joisey where I can wear my baseball cap in any local restaurant any time I want for any reason I want, and usually do.......
43 posted on 12/17/2013 8:57:03 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: rlmorel
RE :”This is normal discourse for you?”

LOL

44 posted on 12/17/2013 8:57:36 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: so_real

Not really, this is Houston, and everyone owns a fancy cowboy hat, and the line was watching as this was taking place.. Several of my regulars who witnessed the encounter, remarked that I really was a bad ass businessman, not just a jerk Yankee.. LOL


45 posted on 12/17/2013 9:01:41 PM PST by carlo3b (“Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad,” Henry Kissinger)
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To: sickoflibs

In before “I’m generally against the abuse of the judicial system, but I hope the patient sues the restaurant”!


46 posted on 12/17/2013 9:01:42 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: andyk

Yes. I agree. Multitasking on issues isn’t that hard, with so many other important things, but that this reached a national level is just silly, IMO. There are a lot of other things that generate genuine outrage in me, but this isn’t one of them.

This is one of those things that you have to look at and say “So, they have a dumb ass manager. Not the first time someone has had one. It isn’t as if the company has a policy to ridicule and exclude people with cancer...fire the guy, discipline him/her and apologize to the customer and make it right. Happens hundreds of times a day all over the country...”

That doesn’t mean it can’t be a significant issue for the company, but what a lack of perspective it displays that people feel the need to make it a national issue.


47 posted on 12/17/2013 9:02:14 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: sickoflibs

Well, I did ask you politely and wasn’t trying to be a jerk.

Most of the time, when asked directly, Freepers used to say things like “Yeah, I was poking fun at this as an issue. What I think about it is...”

I appreciate sarcasm, hyperbole, and irony as much as anyone, but I really was curious.

That’s all.


48 posted on 12/17/2013 9:06:39 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: namvolunteer

It’s the line from the movie.


49 posted on 12/17/2013 9:10:40 PM PST by Benito Cereno
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To: so_real

Whether it was a church or a restaurant or whatever.....the guy is battling cancer - he needs his hat. It’s called being compassionate.

I can’t imagine any church having a problem with this, either. Are you saying yours does? It’s not s sign of disrespect, it’s dealing with reality. I am sure a minster or pastor would prefer an individual with cancer to attend church with a hat vs. not attending at all.


50 posted on 12/17/2013 9:15:14 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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