TGI Fridays Kind of Sorry for Putting Bacon in Muslim Woman's Tea

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TGI Fridays in Garland's Firewheel Town Center
It's possible that there is a perfectly innocent explanation for how bacon wound up in Nicole Queen's straw during a recent visit to a TGI Fridays in Garland. Perhaps the line cook mistook her iced tea for one of the restaurant's many bacon-laden menu options. Or maybe her server, operating under the assumption that everybody likes bacon, added it as a special bonus.

The more likely scenario, however, is that the waiter took note of Queen's hijab and, sufficiently cultured to be aware of the Islamic prohibition on consuming pork but not so much as to respect another person's sincerely held religious beliefs, decided to be a dick.

On Friday, TGI Fridays issued a statement to WFAA, which originally reported the story, apologizing for its employees' treatment of Queen -- sort of.

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Nicole Queen, via Facebook
See also: A Muslim Woman Says a Garland TGI Fridays Snuck Bacon in Her Tea

It reads:

Since last week when Ms. Nicole Queen dined in our restaurant we have had the opportunity to speak with her several time. She has graciously given her time to discuss with us what occurred at our restaurant and the response she received when she brought it to our attention. We are very sorry for her experience and certainly recognize that she was not treated with the respect that her concerns warranted.

Although we cannot go back and undo her experience, we can and will use this as an opportunity to reinforce the Values that guide everyone who works at Fridays. Among those Values are Integrity, which stresses that we "treat people with dignity, respect and honesty." In the coming days we will be taking every team member in this location through a session in which we will review this particular incident, have an open and honest discussion about the importance of our Values and how respecting the specific needs of every guest are vital to delivering the Fridays experience.

It's not entirely clear from the wording whether the chain is sorry that it tricked Queen into consuming bacon or that the manager didn't give her the time of day when she complained about it. Also unclear is when values and integrity became proper nouns.


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kduble
kduble

So, who is getting fired over this?

ruddski
ruddski

There were probably some gay waiters she could hang, but she didn't.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

I'm completely unsurprised by this. That particular location of TGIFridays was the last one my wife and I ever went to. At almost all of them we have received bad service. But, this particular location was the worst.

veruszetec
veruszetec

That is one of the most poorly-written press releases I've ever read. Random capitalization, missing pluralization, and generally of a third-grade writing level. TGI Fridays has more than just their restaurant staff that are in need of some remedial learning.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

She should have gone to Chothkies. Sounds like she had a case of the mondays.

observist
observist topcommenter

"sincerely head religious beliefs"

Little Freudian slip there, since we're talking about a woman in a headscarf?  Even if we assume that's supposed to be "held" instead of "head", that's an odd choice of words that draws attention to the sincerity of her religious beliefs.  There's no reason to believe she's not completely sincere and devout -  well, at least since she stopped doing drugs a couple years ago.

John1073
John1073

Apparently TGIF's idea of flair doesn't include a head scarf

pak152
pak152

I'm still wondering why she went to a restaurant that has bacon and other pork products being cooked

tdkisok
tdkisok

So many experts with no fucking clue.......the DO comment section.

mcdallas
mcdallas

"not so much as to respect another person's sincerely head religious beliefs"

In my experience, the DO will respect another person's sincerely held religious beliefs...as long as they aren't Christian religious beliefs?

mbcez
mbcez

someone should of asked the more important question, on wether or not the ice tasted good with the bacon in it............

ThreeOranges
ThreeOranges

Maybe the waiter wanted to drive PR for her website, etc., Seems like she has a lot stuff to promote, so this works out well for her.

IgnatiusJ
IgnatiusJ

This did occur in the The Land of Gar, so stupidity, whatever the motive, can't be ruled out.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I have to admit, I have not seen that many women of the Muslim faith that wear that much makeup.  In fact most women of the Muslim faith that I have seen over the years do not wear any makeup at all.  Apparently it makes the men incapable of controlling themselves and thus the men ban the use of makeup by women.


A very telling experience is to watch the stampede to the restrooms when a flight from Saudi Arabia takes off and the plane's wheels leave the ground.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I've heard such drivel from employers many times.  Another is, "We take this very seriously".  Such bullshit.

John1073
John1073

The same reason I go to a steakhouse and I don't eat beef? There's other stuff on the menu. I don't typically drink tea laden with beef though. What kind of stupid ass question is that.

J_A_
J_A_

Mmmmmm Cobb salad sounds good for lunch

observist
observist topcommenter

@tdkisok   So many experts with no fucking clue.......the internet.

FTFY.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@mcdallas  

"I like your Christ very much, it is your Christians that I do not like.  They are so unlike their Christ." -- M. Ghandi


"I like Jesus very much, but he no help with curve ball." -- P. Serrano

alteredjustice
alteredjustice

@mcdallas From what I've seen, the DO usually criticizes Christians who have idiotic beliefs regarding vaccines or beliefs regarding taking away a certain group's rights or purposefully treating that group as subhuman.

The difference here being that this woman wasn't telling everyone in the place to stop eating pork. She was minding her own business and found bacon in a place where it should never be. Doesn't matter to me if you're Christian, vegan, whatever. If someone clearly goes out of their way to disrespect your personal beliefs that way, they should definitely be chastised. 

IgnatiusJ
IgnatiusJ

@ThreeOranges Great logic- I'll think about that when I see another story about some tool deliberately tampering with a customer's or beverage order.  It doesn't matter if she was Zoroastrian or Scientologist or Evangelical Christian. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Here's your answer:

Do not wear make-up in front of any non-mahram males, that includes in laws. Do not leave the house wearing make-up. During Eid, using sparkly lip gloss, eyeshadow, and lipstick is perfectly fine. However, using a little makeup is okay as long as you don't abuse your right to wear it. However, there are still debates about whether or not you're allowed to wear it. Since there's no obvious answer, follow the tips above. If you're not sure about wearing it outside, that's okay, but you can wear it in front of a mahram.

IMHO
IMHO

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz What do you want them to say? You can't judge sincerity by words anyway ... actions are what count in the long run. In this case, cultural sensitivity aside, a food handler who deliberately contaminates a patron's meal should be sacked. 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@alteredjustice @mcdallas She ordered a Cobb salad to begin with.  Cobb salad = bacon.  If you order a cobb salad, hold the bacon, you just ordered a plate of greens.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@alteredjustice Altered -- the DO and its website ONLY write about Christians who have idiotic beliefs. And then commenters gather around to chatter about how Christians ALL have idiotic beliefs. it's a self-perpetuating system.

dingo
dingo

@brussell8691 @ThreeOrangesDeliberately tampering? How do you know what happened? Were you there? How do you know the kitchen help didn't pull the bacon out and then throw a straw into the drink without washing/changing gloves?

"The more likely scenario, however, is that the waiter took note of Queen's hijab and, sufficiently cultured to be aware of the Islamic prohibition on consuming pork but not so much as to respect another person's sincerely head religious beliefs, decided to be a dick."

This more likely scenario is based upon what? the DO's baseless vision of how reality should be colored? 

The most likely scenario is that  the kitchen help didn't give a shit one way or another about religion and was busting his/her ass to finish a shift so they could go home and watch soccer.

Maybe next time the report could provide information on whether or not, as a Muslum female, the customer had permission from her husband to be out eating in public. You know,  as part of the continuing coverage of the 'War Against Women' in Texas.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  

For those who may not know what a mahram is:

 In Islamic sharia legal terminology, a mahram (Arabic محرم, also transliterated mahrim or maharem) is an unmarriageable kin with whom sexual intercourse would be considered incestuous, a punishable taboo. Current usage of the term covers a wider range of people and mostly deals with the dress code practice of hijab.

In other words, you can only wear makeup in the presence of your male siblings and 1st cousins only.

alteredjustice
alteredjustice

@RTGolden1 That explains (in combination with her appearance) why they put bacon in there.

It doesn't explain why it was in the drink. I don't like mushrooms, but if I ask for them to not be put on my meal, I don't find them in my beer. Funny how that works.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@alteredjusticeAltered -- My years of reading the Dallas Observer -- and i read it very closely -- convince me otherwise.

The Observer, both paper and blogsite, has always been more than eager to jump on the creationists, the Bible-thumpers, the pulpit charlatans, those who confuse their politics with their religion, the molesters.

Here, you pin most of your comment to the mistaken notion that the Christians are doing most of the Muslim-bashng on this forum.'Taint necessarily so, Altered. My own reading of this blog convinces me that most of that bashing comes from folks who have no particular deep religious belief of any kind or who oppose all religion as ancient superstitious befuddlement. 

In fact, anyone who believes deeply that there is a God and that God expects certain norms of behavior among followers -- thou shall not kill, thou shall keep the sabbath holy, thou shall not eat pork -- may not agree with Nicole Queen on er every belief, but can certainly see that slipping bacon into her tea is a grave insult to her religion and the faith of all religious believers.

Finally, Altered, I do not believe that Christians are victimized or put upon in this country or by the media -- in general. The facts simply do not support that claim. But I do think the Dallas Observer again and again goes out its way to point to those self-styled Christians who are clownish, boorish, downright hateful, even possibly dangerous. I can already write the next 10 comments here myself: "Is there any other kind of Christian?" Of course there is  But you'd never know it the Observer is your only source of information.  

  

alteredjustice
alteredjustice

@bmarvel Oh puh-lease. DO commenters do the same for black people, republicans, democrats, white people, orange people, dogs, children, old people, war vets, high school dropouts, strippers, senators, presidents, cats, clowns, the DO itself, blah blah blah.

Christians act like they are an extremely victimized group in the US when they are usually given priority because they are the norm. Not so for Muslims.

I mean look at this article. Christians can't even stand to have somebody who is in an actual minority in this country be defended without getting in a, "We're persecuted more! Waaaaahhhhh!" It's worse than the race card because it doesn't even make sense in ANY context.

IgnatiusJ
IgnatiusJ

@dingo @brussell8691 @ThreeOranges Your sentiment and purpose is clear from your post, which is ridiculous.  We DON'T know exactly how bacon got in a woman's beverage.  However, intelligent people (yourself excluded) make assumptions based on highly likely circumstances and probability.  Go back to characterizing a religion of 1 Billion +/- followers, based on your assumptions.

observist
observist topcommenter

@bmarvel  I suspect it was both.  Mean-spirited xenophobe meets self-dramatizing religious convert and.... FOOD FIGHT!

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@dingo Dingo -- I take it you've never worked in a restaurant. If you had, either in the kitchen or on the floor, you would instantly know that your accident hypothesis is the least likely scenario. Far more likely that someone rubbed a bottle of Bacon-Os and a Djin popped out flinging bacon bits in every direction.

I also take it you don't get out to eat much. I see Muslim women eating in public all the time, sometimes in family groups, sometimes with husbands, sometimes with children or other women. 

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@RTGolden1 @observist @dingo @brussell8691 @ThreeOranges  

Golden -- There's only one of two realistic possibilities here: 

1.Either her waitperson (or a confederate) did it in retaliation because the customer was such a pain. Or...

2. The customer staged it herself as a little psychodrama to "demonstrate" how Muslims are mistreated. 

The notion that it was some kind of kitchen accident, unwashed gloves, etc., is too bizarre for serious consideration.

There is no compellig evidence pointing one way or the other.  So commenters here are basically making up their minds on the basis of how they feel about waitpersons or Muslims.

One thing is clear: Whoever did it showed an appalling disrespect, even a hatred of the Muslim religion.  


  

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@observist @dingo @brussell8691 @ThreeOranges We should all be so lucky someday.  Just kidding.

I'm pretty sure the bacon in the tea was a deliberate act.  Can't prove it, but I agree with you, it seems highly improbable that it would accidentally happen.  I worked in a kitchen in high school, from dishwasher to prep cook, and would have been mortified if a drink left my kitchen with any 'floaters' in it.  I likely would have quit before they could have fired me, and they certainly would have.

observist
observist topcommenter

@dingo @brussell8691 @ThreeOranges  Continuing from the first article about this incident, I'm inclined to find recently-adopted dietary restrictions to be annoying and narcissistic, but in my entire life of eating in restaurants I've never been served a drink with any random piece of food in it.  The odds of a piece of bacon "accidentally" falling into the drink (or the straw) of the one Muslim in the restaurant are infinitesimal.

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