Back in my fare burgh of North Texas, TGI Fridays has a discrimination issue on its hands at worst or a doltish server with a milky eye at best.
Meet Nicole Queen, a Garland woman who is Muslim and enjoys a casual meal from time-to-time. She strolls in her local Fridays, clad with hijab and all, jonesin’ for a delectable Cobb salad.
Only, this wouldn’t be a fun run to the home of stripes. The server allegedly gave her and her friends “a chilly reception from the moment [she] entered the place.” Long story, short: Waiter disses the ladies. Ladies notice the tension. Mysteriously, another waiter serves them. Queen asked for an iced tea to go. Tea is provided to her with bacon bits in the straw.
That’s not kosher…or whatever expression you prefer. To wit, TGI Friday’s provided this statement to WFAA 8 (ABC’s Dallas affiliate) on Wednesday night:
“We take this matter very seriously, as it would represent a gross violation of our values and the promise we make to each of our guests. We have been in contact with the guest, and we are working with her to investigate. We will take any appropriate actions necessary based on the findings.”
Since then, Queen has been contacted by “an executive” from Fridays with an assurance of an apology and a complete investigation about this matter. In the meantime, I have abstained from tea…or TGI Fridays, for that matter. Yeech.