Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Yeah, I'd Fire 'Em, Too!

From the Sydney Morning Herald comes the story of three former waiters (Larry, Moe, and Curly?) who claim they were fired by New York's posh 21 Club for being French. They've backed up their claim by filing a $5 million lawsuit claiming discrimination.

Not to give anyone the idea that I'd be in favor of discrimination, but I think I know the French. Rude, obnoxious, boastful, prideful, lazy. Oh, and anti-American. Shall I go on?

Wake up, guys! You weren't fired for being French. You were fired for acting French. You don't drink on the job and you don't get into arguments with the chef over a hamburger, even if the hamburger costs $39. You can hurl insults at Americans when you're a waiter in a restaurant in France, and maybe wine is so ubiquitous in France that drinking on the job is part of the culture, but this is America. Maybe nobody ever gets fired in France, either. But this is America. People can lose their jobs here. It's part of the reason our unemployment rate is 5 percent while yours is 12 percent. American businesses hire and they fire. From what I've read about France, once hired, never fired is the rule. That's why your companies won't hire anybody. Get it?

If the case of the French waiters goes before a jury, I'd bet on the 21 Club coming out a winner. And their customers, too!

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14 Comments:

At 1:03 PM, Blogger aherrera said...

Thanks for the insight, it makes me think twice about being a Tony Parker fan. Nah, He is an awesome ball player & he will probably be the only French guy Americans can come to love. Especially if we win the championship TONIGHT! Go SPURS

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger Alisha T said...

That's something i don't hear everyday and I didn't know that in France that once you are hire you don't get fired. That news to me. But could it be possible that maybe the company were being discriminate towards them because it was a coincedence that all three of them got fired and they were all french. I don't know but i really can't be for sure because i don't know the real reason.

 
At 9:26 PM, Blogger Jon62486 said...

They got what was coming to them. You can't treat people like dirt and expect to get away.

 
At 9:40 AM, Blogger Catherine N said...

Well I don't know the whole story. But I also know of some French people that are very nice. So I don't think streo typing the country is the way to go.

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger Sue Gruchacz said...

I think they should also be fired. Part of the job of being a waiter or a waitress is serving and pleasing the customers. That is why so many waiters and waitresses are unemployed actors and actresses. It is a role you play. The better you play it the more expensive the restaurant you work in and the more money you make. Another thing you never want to do as a waiter or waitress is upset the chefs. They are your bread and butter. They create the meals you serve. If you want to keep your customers happy, you need to keep the chefs that prepare the food happy. If you don't want to play these roles, or games or whatever you want to go them, then you should not be working in the industry. Copping an attitude at 21, one of the most expensive restaurants in New York City, is not the way to keep you job. Too many influential people work there. I believe 21 will win the lawsuit and I think the 3 Stooges should be made to pay back 21 for its lawsuit expenses and maybe we wouldn't have so many of these fivilous lawsuits.

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger Sue Gruchacz said...

I think they should also be fired. Part of the job of being a waiter or a waitress is serving and pleasing the customers. That is why so many waiters and waitresses are unemployed actors and actresses. It is a role you play. The better you play it the more expensive the restaurant you work in and the more money you make. Another thing you never want to do as a waiter or waitress is upset the chefs. They are your bread and butter. They create the meals you serve. If you want to keep your customers happy, you need to keep the chefs that prepare the food happy. If you don't want to play these roles, or games or whatever you want to go them, then you should not be working in the industry. Copping an attitude at 21, one of the most expensive restaurants in New York City, is not the way to keep you job. Too many influential people work there. I believe 21 will win the lawsuit and I think the 3 Stooges should be made to pay back 21 for its lawsuit expenses and maybe we wouldn't have so many of these fivilous lawsuits.

 
At 12:27 PM, Blogger Samuel said...

I think that this is fair, them being fired. But I also think that it is a strange coincidence that they were all French. But if you are hanging out and doing stuff bad together then so be it.

FIRED!!

 
At 7:13 PM, Blogger Jennifer C. said...

Interesting story they were fired for a good reason you need to respect other people!

 
At 10:10 PM, Blogger Nathaniel the D said...

They were more likeley fired for acting American! Drinking on the job? Arguing with the chef? Sounds like America to me. My workplace isn't much better. We have lazy lazy people who don't have a bit of French in them. We have disrespectful people. There aren't a lot of people you meet that just radiate "American" in the way you have seemed to characterize us. In fact, I guess most people in America radiate "French".

 
At 2:22 AM, Blogger Ronald M. Ayers said...

I was partly exaggerating for effect in stereotyping the french. Still, I can remember the late Johnny Carson, former host of the Tonight Show, complaining about how rude everyone is in France. Has anyone every spent an extended period of time there?

 
At 2:49 PM, Blogger Christie Davidson said...

I think they should have been fired too. I'm sure the club will win if it goes in front of a jury.

 
At 6:46 AM, Blogger tasha said...

I had no idea about all these France facts. But it sounds like they just got their feelings hurt a little bit, and their big egos shot down.

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Alyson S. said...

I have been to France, and the rumors are definetly true. The French are nasty mean people who think all Americans are idiots. Whenever you talk to one they patronize you and sometimes even laugh right in your face. If these men were acting like that, in an AMERICAN club, then they deserved to get fired.

Suck it up!

 
At 7:04 PM, Blogger biomechanique said...

Why do American's hate the French so much, thats the Englishman's job.

But to throw a bone in there direction, they have excellent cheese, great wine, awesome art (if you've ever been to "La Louvre" then you know what i'm talking about). The language is in my opinion the sexiest language in the world. They also have a great indy type film collection, (see Louis Brunel, La Femme Nikita, the colors series).

Oh and they helped America become independant of the colonies situation. Granted they may be a little smelly, rude and obnoxious, but isf you ever sample the "fuqois" (goose liver pate) you may change you view on them.

Vive la France!

Dr. Ayers, you hail from New Orleans ... I am shocked!

 

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