Most of us don’t need to lick an electrical outlet to realize it’s just plain dumb. But that class of assumptive learning often escapes people who work and eat in restaurants, as this week’s batch of nightmares attests.
Here’s a review of those jolts to their systems, minus the risk of electrocution.
Trump tape as marketing inspiration
It was probably just a matter of time. With the world fixated on Donald Trump’s boasts about how he deals with women, a restaurant was sure to spot an opportunity for attention.
So it was for La Carnita, a Mexican chain in Toronto that specializes in street food—with an apparent sympathy to street language.
One of the more salacious parts of Trump’s sexist tirade was his claim of grabbing women by their genitals. “What if Donald said, ‘Grab her by the taco’... #LCeverywhere #tacotuesday,” La Carnita posted on its Instagram page, above a shot of two open-faced tacos.
The post went viral. La Carnita, to its credit, yanked it down and apologized profusely via Twitter. “We used a caption that was dumb, rude, and insensitive,” it tweeted, calling the move a big mistake.
Instead of accepting the about-face, social media users started detailing other bad-taste moves by the chain, such as posting a takeoff on the universal symbols for men and women’s bathrooms. In La Carnita’s versions, which had been removed months before the Trump controversy, the symbolic man is spying on the icon for a woman.
The controversy is still raging. The restaurant is hoping to tamp it down by promising sensitivity training for the whole staff.
A palm-slap-to-the-forehead moment
Many Americans would likely agree that this isn’t a time to stoke tensions with the police and the communities they serve. Squarely in the minority: two former employees of Going’s BBQ, whose recent taste in music is the reason they were asked to turn in their uniforms.
The pair noticed that their guests one recent day included two police officers enjoying a meal in the dining room. Smirking, they began playing and singing along with a rap song whose words they knew by heart. Its title: “Fuck Tha Police.”
The police apparently noticed. So, too, did a guest, who passed the word via social media.
You can guess what happened afterward, and why Going’s was suddenly down two employees.
Don’t banish moms
In general, it’s a bad idea to do anything that slights puppies, kittens and especially babies. So banishing an infant to the basement, even with its mother in tow, was not the most brilliant move this week by a restaurant in Canada. The parent triggered a firestorm by alerting the media, but the establishment’s name was withheld, presumably for its own protection.
Mom was wrapped mummy-style in a tablecloth and dispatched to a subterranean level because she’d dared to nurse her child in the main dining room. The woman reportedly sought an isolated corner, but fellow diners saw her nonetheless and complained.
The staff shuffled off mother and child to the basement. A ladies room or a manager’s office apparently didn’t strike them as a better alternative.
In case you’re still thawing out from a glacial misadventure, take careful note: Breastfeeding in public is now a protected right in most states.