Denny's Restaurant Complaint - Racial discrimination?
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA -- My party and I arrived at Denny's on New Year's Day 2008 and were promptly seated. Our waitress was working in our section at the time we were seated and continued to fill the drinks and attend to the needs of the customers around us, but did not come to our booth for over 30 minutes.
When the waitress finally decided to stop at our booth to take our order, she muttered a scant and nearly inaudible apology and took our full order (we'd been waiting so long we had ample time to peruse the menu and select our entrees). She quickly served our drinks and then never returned.
During that time, she continued to serve the booths and tables around us, including those directly behind us and next to us, and she deliberately ignored all of our attempts to hail her. We could see her standing in the kitchen watching us and we could only wonder at her thoughts and intentions. Also, an elderly couple was seated in the other booth adjoining ours and were able to receive their drink order, and were then ignored as we were.
Finally, after it had been nearly 2 hours since we had been seated, we decided to leave. Our waitress saw us get up and leave but said nothing. We went to the register to pay for the drinks we'd ordered and to complain, and the kitchen manager came out requesting our table location so she could cancel our order, implying that after two hours our food hadn't even been started yet. We did not have to pay for our drinks (thanks), but we were not able to lodge a suitable complaint with them at the time.
I am concerned that we may have been victims of racial discrimination. As mentioned earlier, the waitress continued to serve the tables/booths around ours while willfully neglecting our booth and the booth of the elderly couple adjacent to us. Our waitress was Hispanic. The tables she was so diligently serving were full of Hispanic customers. My party was three Caucasians and one Asian, and the elderly couple was Caucasian.
What would you think? I don't know what the waitresses intent was, but I know what she communicated through her actions and that was that she was putting a priority on one set of customers over another set for one reason or another, and the conclusion we've drawn is we were discriminated against.
We have written Denny's and are awaiting their response. We're not sure how we're going to proceed.