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Well its just unnecessary to put anything into your restaurant’s point-of-sale that a customer might find offensive. It takes effort to be that stupid. Most places do the bill by table number anyway… and where this bill says Tables:11, i’m assuming that’s where they were seated. If it was a busy night and she was having trouble keeping track it would have been good customer service and just as easy to ask the guys their names and enter that into the till.
Glad to see you wrote about this silly storm in a teacup with such good sense.
Waiting staff often use shorthand descriptions to identify customers – what’s wrong with being thought to be “gay guys”?
@fagburn: It didn’t say CUTE gay guys, that’s why! That’s where the insult came in. (snark)
If we got into trouble about how we name people to ourselves, I’d be sacked at work because there’s a guy who I call Simon Weston in my head.
Names, can’t do them.
Down my street there’s bulldog bloke, paedo hitler guy, mrs doubtfire.
Sorry, but the waitress was definitely in the wrong. They were labeled as gay, “not that there’s anything wrong with that”, when they aren’t. Not necessarily an offensive mistake, but still inappropriate on her part. What if, for example, the couple really were gay? Would you not find it inappropriate for your server to identify you on a receipt by your sexual identity, race, etc? I certainly would. Again, not that being called something that I am (or, as in this case, that I’m not) is offensive, it’s just poor form on her part. If I came here to eat, stick to taking notes on what I’m ordering, not what my (assumed) identity is. If she wanted to easily identify them by something, she could’ve at least chosen clothing color, etc.
Well, as a member of the gay race… Wait, there is no “gay race” – that doesn’t make sense.
Seriously – some people need to look up the word “racism” in the dictionary.
Why didn’t they just giggle and keep it moving?
Gave a check to a guest once, he looked over the bill, then complained to a manager about “fresh fish”. That’s how our computer printed what he ordered. The fresh fish. He thought I was describing his daughter. Lol BTW next to fresh fish was the $19.95
They may have been hitting on her or did something to piss her off and she did it to get back at them. Who orders a half diet coke? Either that was her clue that they were gay or they did it to be difficult or funny, so she got even with them.
@Mike: FWIW, I’ve seen half diet coke ordered alot in London and the Midlands. Most of the time its mixed with Coke or Dr. Pepper (yeah – weird), but I have seen people just ask for it on its own.
On the whole, this article is stupid. If its ok to write ‘Gay guys’ on a bill, its ok to write ‘Jew couple’ as well. When the author says that ‘Jew couple’ is ‘overly pejorative language’ and “Jewish people are subjected to much more aggressive stereotyping in restaurant settings — namely that they are cheap and difficult customers” – he is revealing his own prejudices and/or sensitivities. He’s breaking it down into relative degrees of offense. That he thinks that ‘Gay guys’ is no big deal, it doesn’t mean he’s right. Its merely a subjective interpretation.
I know Kiwis who go mental if you call them Australians, and Canadians who freak out everytime they are referred to as Americans. Just because I think they’re being stupidly ridiculous doesn’t mean I’m right, nor does it mean they aren’t allowed to be offended.
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They realized that something wrong was going on, so cheers for that, even though they got the terminology slightly wrong.
well put sir.
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