Outback Steakhouse Complaint - Management & Wait Staff did nothing to stop verbal GAY Bashing
NASHVILLE - RIVERGATE AREA, TENNESSEE -- Last night, my partner and I went for dinner at Outback in the Nashville, TN Rivergate Area (Madison). We were seated in the smoking bar area. As soon as we sat down and ordered a beer, the table of two men beside us started making crude comments about gays. We are both professionals and were dressed as such. We weren't being "gay", flamboyant or causing a scene. But the comments continued and increased in intensity as the minutes passed and we became more and more uncomfortable.
The salads arrived, the waitress asked if we needed anything else. Not wanting to provoke the table next us, we quitely said yes. Anyone in the restaurant would have known otherwise as the table beside us had already raised everyone's brow more than once or caused bar patrons to turned around to see who was yelling such slanderous remarks. At one point the man primarily responsible, turned around and looked at me and asked if I was using my fork and could he have it. For why, I do not know. But I said I was going to use it. He turned back around and said "D--- f------ f------!"
No one from the Outback staff ever approached the table or asked them to keep their voices down.
The comments continued from the table beside us. (At that point I unlocked my cellphone and had 911 ready to dial.) Before we could finish our salads, the man next to us yelled "G.D. Homosexuals" across the bar and a young mother, who was taking her child to the restroom, gasped in horror and snatched her child into the restroom.
Just about that time our waitress came by and we told her to ask the Manager to meet us outside.
Leaving our beer, salads and undelivered entrees behind we went outside and waited. When the Manger finally appeared, we informed him of what happened. He said this is the first he had heard of it. We told him that the verbal gay bashing had gone on for nearly 40 minutes and it was escalating to the point we became fearful, didn't want to provoke a hate crime and decided to leave. He had no excuse for his staff nor did he seem to care much.
In hindsight, we should have probably filed a police complaint, but I'm glad we didn't stick around and become a hate crime victim.
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