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gastro-ethical dilemma


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gastro-ethical dilemma

Andrew Fenton | Sep 27, 2002 04:58 PM

So a few days ago my wife and three of her colleagues go out to lunch at Bleu. They arrive and notice a couple of open tables by the windows. When they ask if they can sit there, they are told, "Sorry-- those are reserved." They mention that they'd called that morning and had been told that the restaurant doesn't take reservations. The server responds, "Oh-- I guess we take reservations from SOME people." They decide not to press the issue and sit elsewhere in the restaurant.

Now, when I heard this story I was absolutely livid; being a less diplomatic person, I would have walked out of the restaurant then and there. Even now, it still ticks me off: what, is our money less green than other peoples'? My feeling is that there are lots of good restaurants right near Rittenhouse Square, and that if that's his policy, Neil Stein no longer needs my business. I'm basically a democrat at heart; if I wanted to be treated like a second-class citizen when I went out to eat, I'd move to New York.

So, chowhounds, what do you think? Is it reasonable for me to be annoyed, or am I overreacting? Is it fair to expect all customers to be treated equally, or is sitting in the corner while watching the rich/famous/beautiful bask in the light the price we pay for being in their presence?

Basically, is this worth being so irritated about, or do I have too much time on my hands?

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