A case study of sorts revealed this week that guests don’t appreciate a bare-assed patron mooning the dining room while the clothed are eating, even if the restaurant serves a nonconformist crowd. Adding to the nightmare: The establishment’s proprietor reacted angrily to being slammed on a customer-review site for the dress code lapse, since the bum flasher was her child. Social media has tagged the controversy #ButtholeGate.
Here’s what happened, according to the posts: A toddler in the altogether wandered into the dining room of Imagine Vegan Cafe in Memphis, Tenn., drawing the attention of self-professed regular customer Chelsea Bartley. She likely wished the incident ended there. Instead, the little one stood on a chair and “bent over to show me it’s [sic] butthole,” wrote Bartley. Throughout the 15-minute exhibition, the staff just watched and laughed, she reported.
Instead of being apologetic, the woman who owns Vegan warned her antagonist that she’d roused a mama bear. “You will no longer be allowed to come and dine at Imagine. Especially when you lie about our babies,” she wrote under the identity of the restaurant. She then pledged to slam anyone who leaves a bad review of the place.
That’s when other customers piled on, sprinkling their posts with plenty of jokes about bare bottoms.