Distraction can foster more nightmares than the whole “Friday the 13th” franchise, as this week repeatedly proved. Forgetfulness and thoughtlessness yielded the sort of horrors that usually require an axe bearer in a hockey mask.
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‘No, that’s your responsibility’
A restaurateur in South Korea found himself playing babysitter after a squabbling husband and wife bolted in anger—leaving behind their two young children. The father left first, though he had enough presence of mind to pay the bill before getting in his car. Then the wife decided she’d show him, and made her dramatic exit, apparently forgetting the youngsters.
The kids—a boy aged 5 and a girl who’s 2—were shuttled to the police a half hour after their parents took off. The authorities reached out in turn to the father and mother, who promptly blamed the other and refused to put in the effort of driving to the station.
Eventually, facing possible charges for abandoning the children, the father caved.
Un-liking a name
What’d be a better name for a Cajun specialty than a piece of authentic Cajun slang? That’s what a new San Antonio restaurant figured when it decided to call one of its signatures Coonass Jambalaya—not realizing “coonass” is the equivalent of the “N” word to Cajuns.
Fortunately for the restaurant, Hearsay, the outcry arose while the menu existed only in digital form. The establishment posted its bill of fare on Facebook as preview of the menu. After fielding complaints, the post was taken down, and the dish was renamed—before the actual menus were printed.
'Sure you want to say that?'
With apps like Yelp and TripAdvisor, restaurant customers can bash a place with no more effort and aforethought than what they muster to tie a shoelace. A restaurant in London is trying to snap them out of that mindless grousing by pointedly reminding them the complaints are heard loud and clear, by staff and fellow customer alike. The Nook is turning the nightmare back on detractors by spotlighting the complaints on a chalkboard outside the front door.
“Come in and try the worst porridge that one woman on TripAdvisor had in her life,” proprietor Arlo Calderbank recently posted.
He called out one poster by name for slamming the place as “small and cramped.”
“We’re called Nook for a reason, Gary,” Calderbank retorted.
He told local media that the signs have become a popular customer draw.