Morton's Asks Cancer Patient to Remove Cap
Man needed it for the extra warmth; witnesses outraged
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2013 2:50 PM CST
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(Newser) – Multiple diners say they witnessed staff at a Nashville Morton's Steakhouse treating a cancer patient poorly, Fox 17 reports. The man was part of a large party that had come in for a company holiday gathering and spent more than $2,000; toward the end of the meal, he put on a wool beanie because he's going through chemotherapy and needed the extra warmth. He was asked to remove the cap, then explained the situation to the manager ... who told him he should have brought a note from his doctor or called ahead so he could sit in a private area.

He and his family eventually stormed out, and the police reportedly arrived, though it's not clear who called them. Outraged posts from other diners quickly appeared on Yelp and Facebook. (One of the reviewers, who says her husband works for the man in question, says the entire group was asked to leave, and multiple reviews imply that Morton's called the police.) The restaurant responded on its corporate Facebook page: "We are aware of the situation that happened at our Nashville location over the weekend. We appreciate you all bringing it to our attention, and we have reached out to the parties involved and can assure you that all facts will be uncovered."

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Ezekiel 25:17
Dec 22, 2013 4:31 PM CST
Very bad karma and all out horrible mojo. This happened several years ago to my favorite restaurant. All we know is the owner had a very bad day. He then got violent with the media as they showed up. He had already taken the time to call all the outlets and advise them they were not welcome on his property to do the story. In a way, that's a legal precedence the media must follow. But one outlet decided the story was bigger than the trespassing issues and sent a crew right into the start of his lunch service. He blew a fuse and cold cocked the camera operator, all caught in perfect framing, cameraman going down cold. The owner was arrested and the reporter got a trespass ticket. Naturally the station ran the footage of the hit on the cameraman all day until the 5pm news. They kept it in the limelight for two days. In the end, the restaurant went bankrupt. The owner did win a civil suit against the station but that only gave him enough to move to Arizona and start his early retirement.
WeAreNotAmused
Dec 19, 2013 12:07 AM CST
I cannot believe anyone would be stupid enough to do such a thing to a cancer patient. Rules are fine in most situations, but there can be a time to bend the rules, depending upon the circumstances. Customers must come first. I can't imagine that business will ever hold their Christmas party at Morton's again, so over the course of a few years, the restaurant will lose thousands of dollars. Hope it was worth it, just to behave like pole-up-their-posterior twits.
codenameradical
Dec 18, 2013 12:47 PM CST
What? People in the South are mean / rude? This changes everything. I do find it funny that the South always claims to be known for hospitality, and then immediately something comes up about gay bashing, or people at a Republican debate cheering on unnecessary death. Yeah they'll be nice ... to anybody /exactly/ like themselves. Cause that's what the Bible says, right?