- Take your hood down.
- Pull your pants up.
- Finish your phone conversation.
- Marijuana smell not allowed.
- We will be glad to assist you."
According to WSOC-TV.com, the problem is that Tanaka’s restaurant has hibachi-style seating, so customers often share tables with strangers. The sign, Tanaka says, is about demonstrating respect to others so everyone can enjoy a good meal.
Why? Customers are scared or shy to confront other patrons, so Tanaka must do it. Plus, customers who don’t follow the rules are allowed a second chance. However, if they refuse to pull up their pants, take down their hoodies, or stop talking on their cellphones at the hibachi table, they’re asked to leave the premises.
Makes sense, no?
Tanaka responds that the sign has absolutely nothing to do with race but behavior, citing as evidence the simple fact that he’s turned away people of all races for breaking the rules. Tanaka observes:
Our regular customers are families, and we count on a lot of small children to come to this restaurant. I believe our society is lacking on respect, and I think we're falling behind on it.
As common courtesy and public manners have degenerated in recent decades to the point that some patrons of restaurants don’t give one whit about how their behavior affects other patrons, Tanaka sets an excellent example for owners of all types of restaurants, Hibachi-style seating or not.
Let the discussion begin...
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