D's Wings in Blythewood, SC Complaint - Discrimination at D's Wings

Review by Kim1980 on 2008-08-28
BLYTHEWOOD, SOUTH CAROLINA -- This restaurant discriminated against my family and I and the server agreed that they were. Two managers spoke with us and did not resolve the issue. A USC football game was on. The establishment has 12 televisions. We asked to watch the NFL game that was on. We only asked that they change 1 TV The manager said that it would change 3 or 4. The server checked and did admit that it would change two. I told my son to count the number of people in the restaurant and there were a total of 54 people (excluding the 8 of us). There were 12 TVs and they would have had to change 2 for us to see the game. We made up 14.81% of their business and might I say that we spent a great deal on alcohol along with other foods. Two TVs would have been 20% of the TVs. Was it too much to ask to watch 2 TVs?

When we threatened to leave, they did not attempt to stop us. We were the only black and ethnic table in the restaurant. Our server was black. Essentially, management did not care about any of our needs. Our server was awesome and asked us to stay and convinced us that if we went anywhere else we would not have her to service us. It made me laugh and I stayed for her. The food was mediocre, the service was great, but the racism was obvious.

I WILL NEVER DINE AT ANOTHER D'S WINGS AND HOPE THAT IF ANYONE READING THIS BELIEVES IN HAVING A TRULY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THAT YOU WILL NO LONGER DINE THERE EITHER. More than anything I felt as those the small town of Blythewood and D's Wings is still set in a time period of Jim Crow.
Comments:16 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-08-29
Posted by MrBeanRocks25 on 2008-08-28:
That's horrible. I'm sorry to hear how you were treated. I hope that server realizes how bad the restaurant is and leaves. You don't treat anyone like that, regardless of color or ethnicity.
Posted by madconsumer on 2008-08-29:
racial discrimination? no, it is a sports bar, and the 'majority' wanted the other game. you did have the right to leave, and you should have found another sports bar that would cater to your game of choice.
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2008-08-29:
Were people watching all the other TV's? A lot of local places like that will make a big deal of covering a certain game - perhaps they had been advertising all week to come see the USC game at D's Wings - we have 12 TV's! I know in my area, each bar is known for a certain college team - all the Tennessee folks to one bar, the Colorado fans to another.

Posted by Chris on 2008-08-29:
Good point, Hugh...when I lived in Phoenix, there were several bars that showed every game, but there were a lot more bars that were say, "Bears" bars, or "Vikings" bars...etc...perhaps that could be the case in this situation??
Posted by yoke on 2008-08-29:
If the bar changed the channel for you then they have to change it for everyone else. What would have happened if they changed the channel for you and someone else did not want to watch that game. You knew when you walked in what game was being played and if you did not like it you could have left then. The only one that was playing the race card was you.
Posted by Principissa on 2008-08-29:
What of the other patrons watching the game on the televisions you wanted changed? Were they just expected to move their seats to accommodate you? Being told no does not mean discrimination, it means NO. It means that the other patrons wanted to watch the game that was on and if you don't like it leave.
Posted by Chris on 2008-08-29:
I went to a bar in Phoenix that showed only Cincinnati Bengals games (owners were from Ohio)...everyone who went in there was Bengals fans. I could only imagine the riot that would ensue if somebody asked to put on a Steelers game for any other reason than to just bash the Steelers...
Posted by Principissa on 2008-08-29:
Chris that's how it is in the bar down here. When UK games come on, people know better than to ask to watch something else. Want to start a riot, demand they turn off that game and put on something else. It's like a sports bar code of ethics, you never ask to turn on another game when the masses are watching something else.
Posted by Chris on 2008-08-29:
Yeah, I don't think I will find a Bengals bar here in Laughlin...it's just too small of a town...LOL, besides the casinos, there are only about 5 bars here...
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-08-29:
chris, I'm not sure you'll find a Bengals bar in Cincy. LOL!
Posted by Chris on 2008-08-29:
well, you will now...10 years ago, you would have had your work cut out for yourself...LOL.
Posted by D. on 2008-08-29:
They didn't care about your NEEDS? If you wanted something to eat and drink and they served you food and drinks...then they DID attend to your needs. If you want to watch TV...GO HOME and watch it...or plan your meals around your TV schedule. Do you think they would have turned the channel on 2-3 of their TV's if I told them I wanted to watch "Heidi"? Do you think they would have done that because I am white? I think not...therefore, there was no discrimmination here.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-08-29:
It's early morning and my diet coke hasn't set in yet so I'm not at my best so somebody tell me am I seriously reading somebody invoking Jim Crow because a restaurant manager didn't change the TV station? Are you freakin kidding me? Holy hyperbole forget the TV... open up a history book, perhaps discover the lost art of conversation or get a better strangle hold on reality. This is not a pretty start to my morning and for that I cannot compliment this review. NH!
Posted by spiderman2 on 2008-08-29:
"and might I say that we spent a great deal on alcohol" Maybe this "discrimination" had more to do with something related to the above quote and not being racist. Loud drunk people watching sports and getting obnoxious? Just a thought.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-08-29:
yoke's comment sums up the situation accurately.

As for the racism remark, yes, sadly racism still happens in this country, but not in this situation. You should be ashamed of yourself for turning a simple "no" into an accusation of racism.
Posted by MrBeanRocks25 on 2008-08-29:
You know what, after reading this complaint again, I seriously doubt it's authenticity. I mean, why would someone bring up Jim Crow for a restaurant problem? I don't doubt that there was a problem here, but I doubt whether or not the restaurant employees were truly making racial slurs. Next time you want to watch TV this badly, go home. Have a football party like normal folks.

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