Right to Refuse

I remember going, as a small child, with my parents to the Piedmont Cafe. I thought the place was cool because of the man who owned the place was from another country and was kind. I also liked it because at the back there was a section that had mirrors on both sides of the room. This type of decor cause each mirror to reflect the mirror across the room. You had a continuous reflection on each side. Awesome.

However, there was one thing that bothered me. Written on each menu was a phrase that went something like this:

We reserve the right to refuse service

I thought it was mean. Why wouldn’t you want to serve someone a meal? I don’t remember ever asking why the owners felt that way. I do remember noticing a few more eating establishments having the same policy.

Now that I am older, I think I understand. As an Owner of a restuarant, I would not want to serve…
a drunk person so wasted he is making himself a nuisance
a drug addicted person so high on drugs s/he is out of control
gang bangers
someone being rude to my staff and/or customers
someone wearing obscene and vulgar clothing or talking that way.

Is that really so wrong?

Can you still do this in the USA?

Until next time,



About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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