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Receipt Profanity Angers Dad, Calls Out ‘F*ckin Needy Kids’

Receipt Profanity at Restaurant

A bout of receipt profanity at a St. Louis sports bar has angered a dad who was out enjoying a meal with his son.Joseph Gibson was finishing up his meal at Friendly’s Sports Bar and Grill when he noticed a rather disturbing note on his receipt.

Under the special orders section for Wing Sauce the receipt read: “F—in Needy Kids.”

According to general manager Denny Domachowski, the waitress placed the message as a joke and fully intended to remove the message before handing the check with its receipt profanity over to the family.

The GM at the restaurant tells CNN that he apologized to the dad, and, when the dad called the restaurant back later, he apologized for a second time.

Not feeling that the restaurants apology was enough, Mr. Gibson posted the photo on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Facebook page. Along with the Facebook post, Gibson wrote:

“So customers with children are a joke? This place isn’t so friendly. I got nowhere with management.”

Domachowski then said he only allowed the dad to bring a child to the 21 and over bar because it was Father’s Day. Apparently, the bar felt that allowing the child into the establishment was gift enough to insult the child.

This is hardly the first time we have reported on a receipt that was handed to a customer “by accident,” and it probably won’t be the last. We have to question when waitstaff employees will finally realize that they are probably going to get busy and forget to remove their “joke” messages.

The restaurants refusal to take full accountability isn’t quite on par with an Amy’s Bakery type meltdown, but they definitely could have responded in a better manner than they did.

Do you think this type of alleged accidental receipt profanity is a good reason to fire a waitstaff member? Should the restaurant take more responsibility for its employees disrespectful actions?

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114 Responses to “Receipt Profanity Angers Dad, Calls Out ‘F*ckin Needy Kids’”

  1. Gwendolyn Walker

    what goes around comes around….she will be needy one day!

  2. Veda Johnson Cascone

    Yes the employee should be fired and yes the restaurant should take more responsibility for their employees….

  3. K Alexandra Monaco

    Quite frankly, he shouldn't have brought his child to a 21 & over bar. Did he give any thought to how his kid might disturb the adults dining there? The waitress was wrong, no doubt. But so was he. And the manager apologized, twice. My guess is he's angling for some free food and booze.

  4. Veneta Britt

    As a former waitstaff member I would never have put on the check anything in the least insulting as it would have resulted in my termination. Too many these days forget without the customer there would be no business and no income. I cannot believe they let a kid into a 21 and over establishment and then insulted the father and the child. Bad move, if they were caught doing that here it could mean their liquor liscence. If you cannot be polite and nice to the customers even if they are kids you have no business waiting tables.

  5. Ann Tuttle Higley

    I'm thinking the dad should've NOT taken a kid into a 21+ establishment in the first place, and problem solved.

  6. Erin Martin

    That would be a YES DUH! think at how many people are not going to be entering that place again. if they were to take responsibility they might at least stand a chance for showing that they were "trying" to correct it. Now they look like just as much of an ass as their staff!

  7. Barbara Fouček

    Hmm, selfish dad taking kids to sports bar. Was Chuck E Cheese not available?

  8. Holly Equality Homan

    These people are subsiding on minimum wage. This woman probably has a limited education and by the sounds of it, limited intelligence. She should be disciplined, but when you only pay someone minimum wage, you get what you pay for. The restaurant should have offered a free kids' meal or something. BUt the dad is also blowing this way out of proportion. Don't eat at that establishment again.

  9. Pamela Boyce Aquino

    why is the kid needy? He has parents…If the owners know their waitstaff is doing this and allow it anyway, then they are just as bad by allowing it. I would never go there again, if it happened to me. They need to grow up if they want to stay in business. AND the owners should call on Willie J. Degal to fix their restaurant/Bar! LOL

  10. Sandra Wight

    They should apologize for spelling dining wrong too.

  11. Malika Underwood

    I don't care if it was for 21 and over they shouldn't let him in if they was going to be disrespectful and she should be fired

  12. Mary Redding

    She should be fired. There is no excuse for such crude profanity. What a world we live in that we think this behavior should be overlooked. I don't care what type of establishment it is, it's still offensive!

  13. Donna Tarnef Pitzorella

    what does the child's age have to do with what the waitress wrote,,and if it is a restaurant /bar, a child can be accompanied by an adult,,and it was father's day, so the child was permitted,,does not have one thing to do with the waitress being disrespectful and wrong,,i say fire her

  14. Sherry Brakefield Shull

    first the dad should not have taken the kid there… second of all. the customers pays the wait staff's wages.. if the wait staff is so unprofessional.. then you don't get paid and you go home broke.. you need to be more professional in what ever you do. just shows your level of NO CLASS..

  15. Rebecca LaVell

    Excuse me, but if my memory is correct a child IS allowed in to a " 21 and over" bar until 9:00 pm! I was a waitress for over 25 years and would never have written/typed something like that. Albeit, that children can be unruly and the parents usually allowed it which used to upset me and if it got really out of control I would "Kindly" say something. Now, she obviously did not say anything to this man and his son and it was not mentioned as to how old the child was. I mean come on he could have been a teenager for all we know. Do I think she should be fired? No, but she should have personally apologized along with the manager. Last but not least, I think the dad should just "Let it go". Live and let live, life goes on.

  16. Rebecca LaVell

    Excuse me, but if my memory is correct a child IS allowed in to a " 21 and over" bar until 9:00 pm! I was a waitress for over 25 years and would never have written/typed something like that. Albeit, that children can be unruly and the parents usually allowed it which used to upset me and if it got really out of control I would "Kindly" say something. Now, she obviously did not say anything to this man and his son and it was not mentioned as to how old the child was. I mean come on he could have been a teenager for all we know. Do I think she should be fired? No, but she should have personally apologized along with the manager. Last but not least, I think the dad should just "Let it go". Live and let live, life goes on.

  17. James Johnson

    Lol I didn't even notice that when writing this. Nice.

  18. Nancy L Rodabaugh

    Maybe just maybe the father really didn't know that restaurant was 21 and over and if that was the case then I guess the people running said establishment should not have allowed them entrance. Regardless of the circumstances including that on the bill was way out of line and she should be disciplined and all employees should be given a lecture on what is right and what is wrong to put on a bill…..

  19. Jeanna Hale

    The waitress should be put on 90 days probation – what she did was not a joke, she is only saying that to save her job. It is not good customer service. If she does anything out of line again in the next 90 days then can her. It is NOT an issue that a kid was there….it was FATHER's day – it was a sports bar – like Buffalo Wild Wings – completely acceptable for a Father and Son. The ONLY issue here is poor customer service.

  20. Mary Perry

    That's letting the establishment and the wait staff completely off the hook. Yes he should not have gone there but once done the comment has no place. Firing may be extreme unless this is a repeat performance. If this is the first time then reduce his/her hours the following week to let this set in. If it is not the first time then stronger measures such as firing may be in order since you can't afford to anger customers.

  21. Ruth Sutton

    something should be done to the waitress and the management, the point is not that a father brought in his young son but that the waitress was rude for no reason, there are to many rude workers out there today and the so called management are to weak or scared to do anything to them, a waitress like that has no business working in a job where she has to come face to face with people.

  22. Jeanna Hale

    The waitress should be put on 90 days probation – what she did was not a joke, she is only saying that to save her job. It is not good customer service. If she does anything out of line again in the next 90 days then can her. It is NOT an issue that a kid was there….it was FATHER's day – it was a sports bar – like Buffalo Wild Wings – completely acceptable for a Father and Son. The ONLY issue here is poor customer service.

  23. Mary Denise Fowler Neal

    The idoit need to be fired and GM does also…. People like that makes it easy for the kid to bullied…. I hope they fine the hell out of them… Or even shut them down!!!

  24. Mary Denise Fowler Neal

    The idoit need to be fired and GM does also…. People like that makes it easy for the kid to bullied…. I hope they fine the hell out of them… Or even shut them down!!!

  25. Mary Denise Fowler Neal

    The idoit need to be fired and GM does also…. People like that makes it easy for the kid to bullied…. I hope they fine the hell out of them… Or even shut them down!!!

  26. Jeanna Hale

    The waitress should be put on 90 days probation – what she did was not a joke, she is only saying that to save her job. It is not good customer service. If she does anything out of line again in the next 90 days then can her. It is NOT an issue that a kid was there….it was FATHER's day – it was a sports bar – like Buffalo Wild Wings – completely acceptable for a Father and Son. The ONLY issue here is poor customer service.

  27. Kenneth Gurganus

    I would not have taken my young son there. The waitress should not have written anything like that on the ticket. I think this should be discussed with her and if it happened again let go.

  28. Mary Perry

    What did the waitress do? What was the punishment? The patron was done wrong to. She will do it again…

  29. Heather Gilbert

    Hell yeah they should be accountable, and that waitress should have gotten FIRED…why the hell would she put something like that on a receipt anyway? Obviously she is immature and doesn't need to work with the public!

  30. Evelyn Braman

    what is the purpose of these messages? what the hell is wrong w just putting down the amount owed on a bill, and keeping any type of personal or degrading msg out of it? ha ha, so funny.. now your fired…

  31. Bonnie Kay Bradley

    The business should had refused the kid in there sounds like they done it before

  32. Kristine Spurlock

    It doesn't matter if the child is under 21. They allowed it for a special occasion (fathers day) and should of been respected no matter what the age. There is reason to disrespect anyone jokingly or not. I think she should have repercussion for what she did.

  33. Jenny Garnsey

    Donna Tarnef Pitzorella Actually, the rules depend on the state and the restaurant. Every state is different. For instance, in Colorado, children can not be near the slot machines in Cripple Creak, but in other states, children can stand right next to them as long as they are with a guardian. That being said, the bar allowed the child in with his/ her father and there for they are accountable for what ever conduct they set before that child. The father, however, said he "got no where with management" they did apologize, twice. So his statement on the newspaper website is bologna. Both parties are just being irresponsible.

  34. Kelly Flannery

    Thats total BS. They took the job knowing what it pays, no matter how much the job pays you were hired to do it and do it the best you can. Thats just stupid thinking.

  35. Terrica Mccloud

    in this establishment it is apparent that they write messages like this all the time so no that waitress should not be fired for doing what's customary for their establishment. the father was wrong for taking a kid to a 21+ bar anyway and they should not have allowed the father to do so. so in this case the father should be glad they are apologizing and that was all they did.

  36. Patty Creasey-Auten

    Did I miss something? Exactly how old was this Child? And if its a bar/restaurant you can take children in them, at least where I live you can.

  37. Jan Martini

    Yes the waitperson should be fired as well as the GM. That was uncalled for and in poor taste.

  38. Patty Creasey-Auten

    Did I miss something, exactly how old was this child? If its a bar/restaurant you can take children in them…at least where I live you can.

  39. Malika Jackson-Smith

    this is bull sh*t I wish someone would put any type of comment on my check cause when I'm done calling corporate somebody will of lost there job.

  40. Christopher Haddock

    wait staff should be fired, the father jailed for bringing under 21 to restaurant….justice all around.

  41. Lillian Marie Beeks

    yes the employee she has been let go the same day , when running a business no one has time for jokes like that on there receipt being inappropriate it that is the way he run his business it should be shut down.

  42. Debbie Nix

    this person was very rude to the customer and his son end of story and she should be made to pay for her or his rudeness. I say that the waiter needed to pay for that persons meal ticket. he did not go there to be made fun of. he went there to have some quality time with his child whether it was a sports bar or a restraint this waiter had no right to put that on a ticket and hand it to him. If it were my business she would be fired major mistake that is going to cost this company some money repeat business is out on this guy.

  43. Sylvia Martinez

    Apparently they haven't watched restaurant steak out cuz it's not okay to "joke" about your customers no matter what impression you have of them, restaurants n bars are nothing without their patrons they need to grow up and be responsible for their employees actions!!!!

  44. Shirley DeBlois

    Absolutely; cut & dry – YES They would be fired immediately! (and don't call for a reference).

  45. Laurie Anne Passini

    Perhaps the restaurant could make this their "THING" and start giving everyone insults on the receipt. Other restaurants have made themselves famous with this tactic.

  46. Terry J Reeder-Pessefall

    The waitress is there to do a job and be professional at it. She failed miserably and the GM failed miserably as well. Such behavior should not be tolerated no matter how old the child was or whether the establishment was nice enough to allow the father/son in despite age requirements. Since they allowed it, they should have been even more accountable for what transpired. The waitress should lose her job and the GM needs some sort of discipline as well. This is not the way to conduct business.

  47. Laurel Murphree

    I does not matter who the customer is, what they look like, their rank in life…they are the ones who PAY the check and should be treated with respect from the minute they walk in the door till they walk out, no matter what the establishment. That is what is wrong with the world today…No Respect for anyone and obviously no respect for oneself to do something like that. OK done preaching…both waitstaff member and GM should be fired.

  48. Jean McDade

    Yes she should be fired it doesn't matter how old the person was she shouldn't of done that. The Father was just spending time with his son. Something that doesn't happen much anymore.

  49. Charlotte Hawkins-Tanner

    yes she should be fired and a free meal to the whole family. If some one had written that on my check the whole building would have heard me.If they called the police on me someone would be going to jail with me.

  50. Jessica Smith

    Unpaid suspension for the waitress and the restaurant should have absorbed the cost of the meal, not just apologized. I don't think she should be fired, because everyone should be given a chance to learn from their mistakes. You can bet she won't be writing any more jokes.

  51. Dianna Allen

    Waitresses work hard for what little money they make. But, that is no excuse to put that on a ticket regardless of the childs age. Its like saying " Apartment for rent, but no children. What are the Dad's and Mom's suppose to do with their children? As a mother of children that are now grown. If they did not want my children, they didn't want my business.

  52. Maria Neida Alvarado

    She would have been fired on the spot if I was her boss and tell her not to bother coming back, let the father and son have a free meal with drinks and desserts and a complimentary dinner for another time. Yeaya! :)

  53. Maria Neida Alvarado

    She would have been fired on the spot if I was her boss and tell her not to bother coming back, let the father and son have a free meal with drinks and desserts and a complimentary dinner for another time. Yeaya! :)

  54. Maria Neida Alvarado

    So that's an excuse to insult them Ann Tuttle Higley? So he made a mistake, but you never do?

  55. Maria Neida Alvarado

    So that's an excuse to insult them Ann Tuttle Higley? So he made a mistake, but you never do?

  56. Maria Neida Alvarado

    K Alexandra Monaco, you are an idiot and moron! Was the child crying, screaming, hollering, what? Where was the dad and son wrong? You've never "angled" for free food and drink? Ha!

  57. Tania Robles

    You all have such poor knowledge of what wait staff go through in their day. Dumb of her to write the line on the ticket, but the dad is at fault for taking a kid into an adult environment. Parents ask for too mic sympathy. They had kids, it was their choice. They should not get fussy when dealing with where their kids aren't allowed. Rules are rules. If he cared about spending time with his kid, America is full of family friendly establishments.

  58. Maria Neida Alvarado

    Actually, what do you expect from the waitress? She was probably hung over……

  59. Peggy Daniel Vossler

    Something similar happened to my late husband and I, several years ago, at a drive-in restaurant. We were talking our order in but could only get one order in when the person taking the order kept cutting us off. After 3 times of cutting us off and not getting our order He got out and went inside and gave our order. The mike was still open; he was not rude nor was he swearing. When he got back to the car she called him an a..hole. The 3 people in there laughed. He went back in cancelled our orders and we drove 20 miles to another restaurant. The next day we called national headquarters they called us right back; they had sent district manager right over. We were told that night there was no manager on duty when there was. All three employees were fired. It doesn't pay for you to "play jokes" on customers on receipts or in ear shot. It can cost the company business and you, your job. Respect is the name of the game and the man and his child was allowed in and he deserved respect, just as my husband and I did. As do all customers, without them you would have NO JOB!

  60. Lisa Bobo

    Really? then I suppose you don't deserve to have any kids eh? The waitress should been fired, end of story.

  61. Mae Tys

    If the establishment caters to 21 yrs. and over customers, there wouldn't be a kid's meal. What if the kid heard something that he or she shouldn't would the other patron be wrong?

  62. Tom Kerr

    Hmm… I wonder if the waitress has kids yet? If not, I'm sure she'll change her tune once she does. In the meantime, fire her.

  63. Craig Blackburn

    First of all I can't believe there is a key for that. You can't just type out a receipt. if you can't key it in you can't print it. The manager and waitress should be fired. The manager is the only one who can program codes to be printed on the guest check. If the waitress is that annoyed she's in the wrong business.

  64. Heather Hallett

    I just hope they weren't tipped. that's grounds for not leaving one at all. I love to tip generously and usually would never consider that act as waitstaff aren't paid well enough to not tip, but that is grounds for getting nothing out of me.

  65. April Renee

    If the rule is 21 or older then the establishment should have stayed to that rule to start with. Accountability is placed full upon this establishment as it broke or set aside its own rule for whatever reason. There is NEVER a reason for something like that to be put on a ticket regardless of the patron. It's disrespectful to all. The wait staff needs training and if this is commonplace then her/his immediate dismissal is correct. If this is common then it is common to remove it which the staff member didi not. Fully completely the circle of the establishments accountability for setting aside their 21 and up rule in the first place!!!!

  66. Betty Overton

    Ever since the broadcast of Amy's Baking Company it seems many others have been inspired to be rude in the food service industry :/

  67. Pat Rigole

    Ah give the man $10,000 and he'll be happy as can be. I'm sure he has already contacted Gloria Allred or some other lawyer. Yes the waitress was wrong to do that, accept the apology and never go back again.

  68. Sherron McComas

    I worked in quite a few restaurants where kids were allowed to act any way they wanted too but.
    I would have never written that on the receipt, but the owner apologized and he probably did fire the server and that should be enough, if the guy wanted a free meal or is thinking of a lawsuit he shouldn't hold his breath.

  69. Eva Mae Earley

    Employees should NEVER put anything but, "Thank you for your business." on a receipt. The twits who do ANYTHING else should be fired on the spot in front of the customers. I hope the manager gave the meals to the customers free.

  70. Eva Mae Earley

    AND, Dad needs to be intelligent regarding where he takes an underage child. And management needs to be consistent in compliance with laws regarding such.

  71. Victoria Stuard

    She is suppose to serve the patron not comment on his kids letter if reprimand to file. One more time. No more job. Keep those kinds of thoughts to yourself.

  72. Jamie Greig

    Agreed. They definitely should have made it up to him with a free meal. That's one customer that won't be coming back.

    And the comment of him "only allowed the dad to bring a child to the 21 and over bar because it was father’s day." is in very poor taste. It really illustrates how they view the incident as a business, and himself as the owner. The only words coming out of his mouth should be profuse apologies, not sorry attempts to downplay the incident.

  73. Michele Krager

    Apparently 2 apologies was not enough for this dad. He is teaching his son an entitlement issue here. How old is this dad? Obviously not over 30 cause that age does not have the entitlement issue going on. Just another kid that will grow up living off of us the working class. Sad! Maybe he should go to a family restaurant next time. Honestly! The kid was probably a brat!

  74. Misty W.

    No, this isn't a reason to fire an employee. Although it wasn't using common sense on her part, it was a simple mistake that she handed them a copy they weren't meant to see. Apologies were made to the father, he needs to accept it and move. A lot worse things than this could happen to his kids…

  75. Helen LeBron

    I think the waitstaff should be fired, joke or not there is no reason to put stuff like that on any check in a restaurant. I also think that if its a 21 and over bar that the child should not have been aloud inside in the first place, fathers day or not.

  76. William Hoover

    Kids and jerks should not be allowed in any establishment that served alcoholic beverages. As far as the Server is concerned. She told him in her own way he and his kid shouldn't be there. The Dad apparently want more than just an apology. I think, " Don't ever come back here". is the 'more" he should get.

  77. Wesley Brown

    I agreed with your last comment but now you are an idiot and moron for this comment I mean you are disrespecting all wait staff because of one person

  78. Judy Buss

    you bet I think she s/b fired, when are so called adults going to realize they need to be responsible, time to grow up & act like an adult not some spoiled brat!

  79. Judy Buss

    where's your head it is still the waitress responsibility to act like an adult & treat customers w/respect, also shows how lax the owners are about responsib ility

  80. Renee Proctor-Wills

    Just wondering why someone would write it in the first place? Even if it was a joke and wasn't meant to be seen. I've encountered some pretty annoying customers as a server and probably made comments, under my breath in frustration that I shouldn't have but I think this is extremely unprofessional and immature.

  81. Gail Ventura Deane

    If the child overheard something he shouldn't have, that is the father's problem as he chose an adult establishment. However, the waitress was rude. Period. Her job is taking care of customers, not judging them and not being rude to them. She failed miserably.

  82. Judi Deckert Seel

    Couldn't agree more – if rules for this establishment are 21 and over the father and his kid should not have been allowed him, so feel both the father and management were wrong in 1st place, in 2nd place do feel that wait staff shoulkd be laid off – if the establishment is open to serve customers than the wait staff that feel it is too much trouble shouldn't be there. Am sure that if there were a bunch of small children allowed in the father would be complaining – so he should follow rules also.