Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Denny's Syndrome

Since 2009 and the US entered the financial death spiral that we've all been experiencing Denny's has been spiraling faster than most.  The food is not appetizing, the wait staff are temperamental at best, and the portions have been getting smaller while the prices stayed the same. Everyone has a choice, and unfortunately Denny's is becoming less and less of a choice. I know people who refer to Denny's as "choke and puke". (pardon the graphic description)

On New Year's Day 2013, five Belleville, Illinois Police Department detectives were minding their own business, eating at Denny's. They were armed as proscribed by law and Police Department General Orders. A patron saw that one of the detectives had a handgun and complained to the manager. The manager asked the officers  to take their firearms outside or leave. (Fox News)  The detectives initially thought it was a joke, Captain Sax said later, noting that all of the officers had displayed their badges and several police radios were on the table. “At this point the detectives were very embarrassed and felt the situation was entirely too awkward for them to remain and all left the restaurant.” 
Capt. Don Sax said in a statement to Fox News. “Until further notice all on duty Belleville Police officers are banned from Denny’s Restaurant unless responding to an official call for service.”
The manager stood their ground and the officers said that they'd leave. A general manager for that Denny's said that the manager misunderstood company policy.

I find this strange since many restaurants LURE police officers to the premises with the offer of half-price food as the cheapest security available to any business. Having police cars and armed detectives inside the restaurant means that patrons and employees -- especially in the Illinois urban hell -- are safe. Not Denny's. No worries. The police won't go there. NOTE TO ROBBERS and MUGGERS: Victims at Denny's are unarmed and unprotected.


John Metz's RREMC Restaurants owns more than 30 Denny's locations in Florida. In November 2012, he announced that he was raising prices by 5% because of the cost of ObamaCare that the government is imposing. He's doing what all businesses have to do, he's passing it on. What makes Metz's franchised Denny's different is that he put it on the menu.
“If I leave the prices the same, but say on the menu that there is a 5 percent surcharge for Obamacare, customers have two choices. They can either pay it and tip 15 or 20 percent, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server, who is the primary beneficiary of Obamacare. Although it may sound terrible that I’m doing this, it’s the only alternative. I’ve got to pass the cost on to the consumer.”
The Democratic Party was outraged that Metz would put into practice what everyone else in the country was doing without advertising it.

In addition to dishing out unappetizing (choke and puke) food, Denny's has managed to alienate the police (thus Conservatives who will take note of the policy) and Democrats who feel that they were 'outed' on the new ObamaCare tax that they slapped onto everyone in America with the exception of Congress, which exempted its members.

When people at Denny's are screaming for help from the police, I'm sure that the police will respond as they are able - once that doughnut is finished and the coffee cup is emptied. 


Anonymous said...

I eat at Dennys in Bullhead City Az 3 or 4 times a week with my wife. The food is good, I get a 20% discount with my AARP card and there is a sign at the front door that says All Open Carry and Authorized Concealed Carry Welcome. ??? Can't judge the restaurant chain or the policy by Bellevue, Illinois. It is Bellevue, Illinois after all. the rat

Opus #6 said...

There is a reason the LAPD chose to let the Rodney King riots rage on for days without lifting a finger.

Euripides said...

Mohave Rat is right. Denny's is a franchise and the individual owners can be as stupid as they'd like to be. The Illinois franchise's break with company policy, however, is inexcusable.

But I'm not one to judge Denny's. I can't recall if I've ever eaten at one.

LL said...

On Thursday a Denny’s official met with the police department and offered an apology for the actions taken by the local restaurant’s management. Denny’s reiterated their corporate policy allows all law enforcement officers to carry their weapons while inside their restaurants.

A spokesman for the police department said they appreciated Denny’s handling of the incident – and the ban has been lifted.

Race Bannon said...

What-A-Burger used to let us sit in the lobby and eat, or do paper, after hours. It was free security for them, and place to sit down for us (I brought...they were nice and all, but I ain't eatin' that crap!)

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