If you read my blog, I hope you read Mr. Patrick Maguire’s blog Server Not Servant. It is as well-written and positioned as any blog-cum-book out there, and I have to admit that his blog was one of the reasons I dragged my ass into the blogosphere. He and I share a very similar philosophy when it comes to how people in the service industry deserve to be treated, a philosophy that some ass clowns who have a radio show/website/media presence called The Phantom Gourmet apparently do not share.
The Andelman brothers, the people behind The Phantom Gourmet, have already been exposed as being sponsored by a pizzeria company that imports its employees from Brazil and then works them like slaves and pays them accordingly. These gross violations of labor laws and restie dignity have caused a big stink up in Boston. Even though Patick had been invited to join in a radio broadcast, he took a stand and declined to do so until PG ceased to be sponsored by (more or less) slave traders. Bravo Pat! I respect your principles.
Being sponsored by a company with very questionable hiring practices is one thing but now the Andelman brothers have stooped to an all-time low by making an outright attack on service personnel-specifically hostesses-on their radio show. They basically called a hostess a moronic, stupid monkey because she couldn’t seat them at a table until the dining room was open as per the rules of the restaurant. But that’s not all. They later went on to say that ALL hostesses were incompetent and incapable of doing anything other than asking ‘how many’ at a host stand. Dear reader(s) I think you know where I stand on this.
I heartily invite you to join me and Patrick in emailing the Andelmans and the radio station that airs their show and really anybody else you care to about this if you find it to be as unacceptable as we do. The full details of the program in question can be found on Server Not Servant, including the full audio and a written transcript as well as the email addresses of the radio station and the people behind PG.
Let them know that you are Not A Phan of people trashing those of us in the restaurant industry and telling other people that they can do the same. Let them know that we are worthy of . . .
Dignity and Respect
Me, The Jerbear