That Was Wrong, But Why Was She Eating At Papa John’s?Posted: January 11, 2012
I read a shameful story the other day.
An Asian-American woman placed an order at a Papa John’s Pizza restaurant. She paid. She waited. She got her pizza and a receipt. In the space where her name would normally appear to help connect her and her order when the pizza was ready, the receipt read “lady chinky eyes”.
How sad that there are still people who think it is OK to be small minded enough to demean another person in that way. The ethnicity of the person found to be responsible for this act doesn’t really matter, I’d be willing to bet they’d have been outraged if they’d been similarly demeaned. The restaurant chain did the right thing by issuing an apology and ensuring the person involved was dismissed.
There is no excuse for mocking a person’s heritage. Ever.
This incident exposes another problem. The problem is certainly not on the level of racial intolerance. All the same, it is one that we all must resolve to address when we see it. What is that problem? Poor food choices.
The incident I described above occurred in New York City. I have been in The City but a few times in my life. I don’t know a lot about the place, but I do know that it has a well-earned reputation for good food. Most specifically to this case, New York is known for pizza. New York has its own style of pizza. You could throw open the Manhattan phone book, close your eyes, drop your finger and hit the number of a great pizza place. Why is anyone in New York City eating at Papa John’s?
People make poor food choices. People who visit seaside locales known for the freshest seafood go out of their way to eat a fish sandwich at McDonald’s. I’ve seen people issue thanks to God upon spotting a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in a foreign country – heaven forbid they try the local cuisine.
Why do people make these foolish food choices? I have no idea.
What Can We Do?
People who make these choices are depriving themselves and embarrassing the rest of us. It is the duty of all sensible people to take these rubes under our wings and correct them when they go astray.
Let them know that it is morally wrong to choose mass-produced swill over fine, local cuisine. Explain how their choices reflect poorly upon them as a person. Not only that, let them know how their choices reflect upon you as their friend.
Point out their shameful choice and tell them you wont be a party to it. Help them find real food. If they insist on eating poorly, dig in your heels. Do not relent. Mock them roundly if you decide it is necessary.
But always manage your mocking. Be big about it. No one deserves to be called Chinky Eyes.