Famous Dave's BBQ In Sioux City, IA Complaint - Profiling Customers?
SIOUX CITY, IOWA -- I am by my own admission a very large man 6'8" and weighing over 300 lbs.. I like being fat! ( Get over it! )
Shortly after Sioux City, Ia.'s Famous Dave's BBQ opened, I went there to dine. On the particular day I arrived I was limping due to an ankle injury, and I hobbled into this BBQ Joint with the use of a cane.
I asked for a Table in their non-smoking section, and was promptly escorted up a long flight of stairs to an upper level. The journey was a painful ascent.
As I sat at my Table I noticed that the other customers up there fit into 4 categories. They were either fat people, ugly people, or fat/ugly people like me, or fat/ugly people with kids.
There were no beautiful people seated up there. They were all downstairs. ( By the way they have a non-smoking section downstairs too. )
I had a good meal, and good table service.
The next time I went back I took along a friend who describes himself as being ugly. He's also skinny as a rail.
Again we were ushered upstairs to the Fat & Ugly Section. I mentioned to him that they seemed to be profiling customers, and sending all the fat and ugly people up stairs.
He looked around the room, and agreed with me. I brought this to the attention of the waitress, who was a plump female. ( She was a Trainer who had been sent down from the Sioux Falls F.D.'s BBQ to help train the wait staff in Sioux City. )
I bluntly suggested that perhaps she too had been profiled, and assigned to work in the fat & ugly section due to her weight. She commented, "I sure hope they aren't doing that here!"
In subsequent visits I have always insisted on being seated downstairs in the non smoking section.
I have also noticed a similar trend in the Red Lobster in sioux City, Ia.. Which I have only been in 2 times. But both times they assigned me to be waited on by a heavyset waitress. While other skinnier wait staff milled about waiting for customers to serve.
I haven't received this type of treatment in the other restaurants that I go to in Sioux City.
I also received this type of treatment in the Eyemart Store in Sioux city. Where I was greeted by a physically fit female sales person. But she handed me off to a very heavyset employee she had to summon from the back room. I have been to this eyemart store 2 times, and both times I have been paired up with the heavyset sales person from the back room. While her lighter weight peers milled around waiting for the next customer to enter the store.