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2008-12-16 - 12:18 p.m.

The rain continued off and on yesterday - mostly on.

Business suffered some but, again, we got to get a whole bunch of stuff done that we can't always get to when we have a lot of customers to take care of.

We got a report from a "secret shopper" that came on Saturday, and it was almost universally positive - there were a couple of minor, easily correctible things that were mentioned.

So it was a pretty good day all around.


In the city of Kent in England, a blind man was refused service in a restaurant because his dog was offensive to the Muslims who run the restaurant. He was told to leave his dog tied up. When he showed them a card saying that he had a right to take his dog anywhere, the owners threatened to call the police if the man didn't leave.

Check this out:

[...] Shamin Ahmed, a partner in the restaurant, said that he had written to Guide Dogs for the Blind to apologise for the incident.

He said that although the owners of the venue are Muslim, he insisted religion was not a factor in the decision to refuse Mr Elder-Brown.

“We were worried about the hygiene, that is what happened, it was a mistake,” he said.

“I have had a letter from Guide Dogs for the Blind, I have sent a reply apologising about that.... we found out afterwards that guide dogs are allowed, I didn’t know that.”

So let me understand this. They told the man that he "couldn't come in because it was against their religious beliefs to have a dog in the restaurant". Then one of the partners says it was due to hygiene, and he "didn't know" that guide dogs were allowed?

I'm calling bullshit on this "partner". How many hoops do you have to jump through to open a restaurant? And he's telling us that he "didn't know" about guide dogs?


I agree with Brin's assessment of the shoe-throwing incident. It's a huge step forward from the do-not-disagree-with-our-Leader attitude that Saddam cultivated.

Jay Leno, however, brought up a good point - where the hell were the Secret Service guys?


Okay. Brin and I are going to stalk and kill some wild lunch.

Shower's free.

Be seeing you.


1 comments so far

Bob - 2008-12-16 22:05:30 -
Yeah, I'm kind of confused as to where the Secret Service was, and I'm also confused as to how Dana Perino got winged in the face by said shoe. Was she sitting behind Bush?


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