As expected, the local story of a cancer patient asked to leave Morton’s Steakhouse for wearing a knit wool cap that became viral over the weekend made it to many news outlets and has been amicably resolved. The full story is available on the Huffington Post.
UPDATE: Tim Whitlock, the Senior V.P. of Operations and the C.O.O. Morton’s The Steakhouse has sent this statement about the incident to The Huffington Post.
“Our executive team has been in contact with Mr. Chambers who fully accepted our apology. There was a complete and total misunderstanding by our staff who had no idea that our guest had a medical condition. Our actions were uninformed and our intentions were not malicious. As a sign of our sincere apology and commitment to the community, we are donating on behalf of Mr. Chambers, $2,000.00 to the St. Jude’s Hospital. In addition, Morton’s The Steakhouse will also partner with Mr. Chambers to underwrite a cancer fundraiser.”
My Chambers (The victim) admitted he has bigger fights to win than this. I fully agree. The staff and local management’s behavior was reprehensible and despite their gestures and apology, I don’t think I will grace their pompous hallowed halls anytime soon; I know where to get a fabulous steak and can wear a T shirt or a Windsor-knotted tie. You don’ just kick someone when they’re down.
I hope they (Morton’s) like my hat.