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Daily Archives: August 31, 2010

A tall order: The challenges of being a state dinner waiter at the White House

From The Washington Post:

White House State Dinner Waiters Dish On Hospitality Under Pressure

By Robin GivhanWashington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

 To be a waiter working amid Washington’s power brokers means having one’s Social Security number screened weekly, if not daily. It means not flinching in dismay when lawmakers — more concerned with sobriety than respectful of vintage — order white wine with ice. (Oh yes, dear oenophiles, it’s true.) And it means not letting one’s nerves run amok and one’s hands go shaky when serving red wine or sizzling mole to the leader of the free world.

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I love the three rules:  “Rule No. 1: Don’t gawk at the guests. Rule No. 2: Don’t talk to the guests unless necessary. Rule No. 3: Don’t hover”.

Nashville server’s lawsuit says guns in bars create unsafe workplace

Nashville server’s lawsuit says guns in bars create unsafe workplace

Complaint says firearms in bars create unsafe work environment

By Nate Rau • THE TENNESSEAN • August 31, 2010

A Nashville server has filed a complaint with the state alleging that the mixture of guns and bars creates an unsafe work environment.

The server works at Jackson’s Bar and Bistro in Hillsboro Village. The complaint kept the person’s name anonymous.

The complaint alleges that it is a violation of Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations to allow permit holders to carry guns into places that serve alcohol, such as Jackson’s.

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I’ve been clear in the past – I think that mixing guns and alcohol in public is recipe for disaster. This was a craven attempt by the NRA and gun groups to eliminate all types of gun control. They claimed it was for public safety to allow concealed carry permit holders to carry their guns into restaurants, but they betrayed that falsehood by requiring restaurants to opt out instead of opt in. In Tennessee, you have to post a sign saying that you don’t allow guns. that’s basically a flashing arrow to the criminals saying that this place is an easier mark than one that doesn’t have such a sign. If public safety were really an issue, restaurants would have to post “Guns Allowed Here” because a sign like that is a far bigger deterrent to a criminal than the lack of a sign. It’s a testament to the bravery of Nashville restaurants that they have stood up to this law by overwhelmingly forbidding guns in their restaurants. Some estimate this number at 75 – 80%. Even virtually every bar and restaurant in downtown Nashville, a place where you’d think that a restaurant or bar might want gun-totin’ guests, disallows guns in their establishments.

I hope this silly law gets thrown out…again.