This morning I took my Mother out for breakfast after a very early Doctor's appointment (7am). The only restaurant in the vicinity was a little diner on Laird Drive call Leonard's. The place was open, but completely empty. I was carrying a take-out coffee I'd purchased at the Medical Clinic's coffee shop, which I had barely started.
We were greeted by the manager when we entered. I apologised for the take-out coffee, but promised to order a restaurant coffee with my breakfast. He didn't seem to have a problem with this. When the waitress came, she immediately informed me in a most hostile way that outside food was "not allowed". I apologised again, said I was aware of this and tried to tell her that I would order a coffee from her, but she interrupted me getting more agitated. After being told no less than 5 times that this was "not allowed!" she told me to give the coffee to her...and she would give it back to me when we were finished our meal!
I was incensed, but my Mother (77 yrs old, not very mobile but super hyper sensitive) was becoming upset by the conflict. It wouldn't have been reasonable for me to drag her somewhere else in a fit of pique (although I certainly would have had I been on my own), I gave the server my coffee cup and we got on with ordering and such. The server remained hostile in the extreme, and our breakfast was entirely miserable.
No matter what the excuse, this is intolerable behaviour from a server.
The place is called Leonard's....don't go there.