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A RESTAURANT has divided the internet after asking its waiters and waitresses to pay if they made any mistakes when taking customer orders.

The Local Pub and Oyster Bar in Charlottetown, Canada, informed their staff members of their new policy: if you take customer orders wrong, you will have to pay for it.

3The Local Pub and Oyster Bar in Charlottetown, Canada, informed staff they would have to pay for ordering mistakesCredit: Facebook 3A screenshot of the message was shared to Reddit and some slammed it as 'unreasonable'Credit: Facebook

A snippet from their post read: “Effective immediately, the grace period for servers making avoidable mistakes is over, which means we are implementing a new policy.

“Each individual gets three strikes where we will expect you to cover 50% of the mistake. After 3 we will expect you to cover 100%”.

The post was then uploaded to Reddit and opinion was divided.

Some users agreed that the restaurant’s request of its staff was unreasonable, with many saying that asking already underpaid staff to foot the bill for their mistakes was absurd.

But others felt that the bar’s approach would enable employees to improve their attention to detail and listening skills.

One person wrote: “Effective immediately the grace period for servers being human is over. From now on, if a server acts like a human, you will now have to pay for that mistake”.

“Imagine having the balls to tell the people you pay $2.30 an hour to that they have to pay you if they mess up”, another added.

A third said: “While I agree with everyone’s thoughts on this whole thing I still wonder to myself how to teach attention to detail. 

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“Sooooo many people don’t pay attention and make tons of mistakes, and then fight with you about it. I’m sure you’ve all experienced it (I imagine anyway). 

“Cleaning up after someone’s mistakes because they didn’t take the time to listen, process, and execute. 

“The only place I know that is successful in teaching this is the military. Obviously these managers/owners are wrong. I’m just thinking out loud.”

One Reddit user agreed with the third and commented: “How dare an owner of an establishment expect his employees to perform at a high level. The absurdity”.

That same day, the restaurant took down their post and issued a public “apology” on their Facebook page to their staff and customers.

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To their staff they said: “While it’s fair to say there are many pressures on new restaurants, and that opening in these crazy times has compounded those pressures, it is unfair to place those burdens on the shoulders of our servers.”

The restaurant continued: “We take full responsibility and will work harder to create a culture you are all proud to be part of”.

This story previously appeared on and has been republished with permission.

3Many people felt asking already underpaid staff to foot the bill for their mistakes was absurdCredit: Getty

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University in Ohio Retracts Plan That Could Have Punished Students and Staff for Using People’s Legal Names

by Alexa Schwerha


The University of Toledo walked back a potential policy which would have required faculty and students use an individual’s “chosen name” after the First-Amendment watchdog group Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) accused it of violating free speech rights.

The proposed policy, introduced in February, attempted to mandate the use of a name an individual “choose[s] to be called in day-to-day life” in all verbal communication and on all documents where a legal name is not required such as on course rosters, university identification and directories. FIRE, however, accused the policy of being in violation of the First Amendment for policing speech.

“FIRE sent multiple letters to the University of Toledo explaining that the proposed policy would violate the First Amendment by compelling students and faculty to use individuals’ chosen first names in all communications,” Aaron Terr, FIRE’s director of public advocacy, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “The proposed policy’s language was unconstitutionally overbroad, sweeping in large amounts of speech that does not fall within any exception to the First Amendment.”

The University of Toledo revised the policy three times to meet the threshold of constitutionality, FIRE reported. The university first implemented the policy in September to “strongly recommend” using chosen names, but still required they be used “in verbal communication.”

FIRE then sent a third letter to the university to demand it revise the policy in November, to which it reportedly obliged “soon after” receiving the notice.

“We’re glad to see the university remedied the policy’s constitutional defect after FIRE’s intervention,” Tear said.

The updated policy outlines how students can change their chosen names in the university system. Students can also report their preferred pronouns and “self-identify in the LGBTQA+ community.”

The purpose of the policy is to respect and affirm the identity of all UToledo community members in accordance with our commitment to fostering an environment of inclusivity,” the policy, obtained by FIRE, reads. “Affording students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to identify their Chosen First Name, pronouns, and identity in the LGBTQA+ community affirms that we recognize sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as key aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

University of Toledo did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

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Alexa Schwerha is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo “The University of Toledo” by The University of Toledo.


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