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Posted by kycpl on 2006.12.17 at 11:58
anyone decorating their OG for christmas?? We arent allowed to, we are not even allowed to SAY "Merry Christmas". No Christmas buttons, pins, nothing. I have worn an elfs hat for five years, now they tell me I cant. What happened to the "Family" part of OG?? Supposedly, we arent allowed because we dont want to offend any other religions. Well it offends me that I cant do these things. If i'm asked to cover for a muslim during rammadan, then i should get to wear the friggin santa hat for the holidays.

Strange that thousands of immigrants look across the ocean, and decide that they want to come to america, then when they get here, everything has to change to fit their ways. Thats not why you wanted to come here, you wanted to come here cause america was better than where you left. not the same as where you left.. sheesh..

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l'il missy
mazmania at 2006-12-17 21:03 (UTC) (Link)
we have a christmas tree and garland stuff in the front and poinsettias throughout the dining room. it looks really nice. plus we do a 'giving tree' where there are kids names hanging on the tree that need presents for christmas. plus we brought all those kids in yesterday and served them lunch and baked desserts for them and a line guy dressed up like santa and gave them presents that our OG bought for them.

*we just got a new GM that is all about giving to those in need. also, once a month we send food to the children's cancer ward at the local hospital.*
lauren
publicbedamned at 2008-08-28 00:44 (UTC) (Link)
uhh, you know that whole "freedom of religion" thing? you know, it's like, in the constitution and stuff? it's one of the principles that our country was founded on? i'm pretty sure that still applies.
(Anonymous) at 2010-01-08 15:58 (UTC) (Link)
Hi I stumbled upon this website! I completely agree - it's a shame these days corporations have to be "PC" at the risk of offending some minority who will call the ACLU and cause a law suit. None the less, I hope everybody had a very Merry Christmas and best wishes in 2010.

Just out of curiosity, does anybody know the recipe (or a similar recipe) for Chicken con Broccoli? It's my mom's favorite dish and I can't seem to get it quite right. My e-mail is talonboi02@yahoo.com Thanks!
(Anonymous) at 2011-02-26 17:36 (UTC) (Link)
Did you even once think of the fact that Christianity is a European import to the Americas when you were writing this? Christians have no more or less right to the culture of this country than anybody else. We're a nation of immigrants (with the exception of Native Americans).
The whole "war on Christmas" bull has honestly made me a lot LESS likely to say "Merry Christmas" to people, lest they think I'm a Bill O'Reilly fan. I go with "Happy Holidays" now so Thanksgiving, New Years, Kwanzaa, and whatever other holidays people want to do are in there too.
(Anonymous) at 2011-09-09 07:34 (UTC) (Link)
This is just stupid, what if you went to a restaurant to eat and someone told you "Happy Eid ul-Fitr!" You would be confused, and maybe slightly insulted. (I'm going to guess you would be because you seem like one of those self righteous 'I'M AN AMERICAN DAMMIT!' kind of guys)
The use of "merry christmas" is singling out a group of people, a group that not everyone is a part of. In places like Olive Garden, where we do believe in a "family experience" the last thing we want to do is offend a guest.
As a man who was raised loving christmas and anything to do with it, I wasn't raise to be ignorant, and when working in a place like Olive Garden where you meet more than a variety of different people the last thing you can be is ignorant and offensive.

So before you get mad and upset over you not being able to say "merry christmas" think how you would feel if you were out eating your family and an employee assumed you believed in something that you don't/celebrated something that you don't.
kycpl at 2011-09-09 11:20 (UTC) (Link)
wow - five years and going strong I see.
First - Con Broccoli was one of the best dishes ever, IMHO. Too bad they 86'd it.
http://www.food.com/recipe/chicken-con-broccoli-olive-garden-style-34271

Second - "Christians have no more or less right to the culture of this country than anybody else." - My a$$... this country was started by Christians. Get over it. And what yer "More Likely" or "Less Likely" to say or do is yer business.. Freedom isn't free... Anonymous indeed...

Third - This is just stupid, what if you went to a restaurant to eat and someone told you "Happy Eid ul-Fitr!" You would be confused, and maybe slightly insulted. **Nah - I'd probably go google it, like I just did. (I'm going to guess you would be because you seem like one of those self righteous 'I'M AN AMERICAN DAMMIT!' kind of guys) ** yep, I am an American Dammit..
The use of "merry christmas" is singling out a group of people, a group that not everyone is a part of. In places like Olive Garden, where we do believe in a "family experience" the last thing we want to do is offend a guest. ** We - "We"... Yeah, The OG has you fooled. It aint "we", Its "Them". A giant corporate machine, wanting your $$. They go with the PC line because it brings in more $$, not for any rightousness.
As a man who was raised loving christmas and anything to do with it, I wasn't raise to be ignorant, and when working in a place like Olive Garden where you meet more than a variety of different people the last thing you can be is ignorant and offensive.

So before you get mad and upset over you not being able to say "merry christmas" think how you would feel if you were out eating your family and an employee assumed you believed in something that you don't/celebrated something that you don't. **I didnt say I was mad, or upset. Just pointing out the unfairness of it all. Mistakes are made under assumptions all the time. I've fed hindus beef, called a woman "sir", called a man "ma'am", commented on how cute the baby boy was when it's a girl, etc etc.
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