What Will Get Someone Blacklisted From a Restaurant?
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Gentle laughter, clinking glasses, soft music -- restaurants should be a happy place. But what happens when they're not? What happens when a guest creates a disturbance in the restaurant force? Obviously, someone's got to go. But when is enough enough? And what would make it so severe that they could never come back?
This is our place, not yours! You are a very valued guest and our commitment to you is to treat you as such. We are here to cook and serve you the food, drinks etc. Give us an opportunity to do so. Respect begets respect. If you do not agree with that, please take your money and spend it somewhere else. We would never deny you that opportunity!
Being a jackass and offending other customers, employees, or managers. Haven't had to do it too many times, but there has been a few so bad we had to call the cops to remove them.
Getting blacklisted is difficult. One would have to do something pretty unacceptable, usually having something to do with too much alcohol consumption. This includes rudeness to another patron or an employee, not paying the bill, and constant complaining and not accepting a solution if the restaurant is trying to be accommodating.
When they announce out loud to everyone in the dining room they are getting a divorce during dinner on Valentine's Day.