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(Headline News TV)   Question raised whether North Carolina restaurant's discount is a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against Christians who take the admonition of Matthew 6:5-6 seriously   (hlntv.com) divider line 88
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2014-08-01 11:24:27 AM  
Southern religion
tipping
civil liberties

/vote
 
2014-08-01 11:40:39 AM  
"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full."  Matthew 6:5
 
2014-08-01 11:46:32 AM  
It's an admonition against insincere displays of piety and that God will know the difference between false piety and true faith. I'm not sure where where saying grace for a discount at a greasy spoon falls in that spectrum.
 
2014-08-01 11:47:59 AM  
The cupcake shop around the corner has a "secret word" that they publish on their Facebook page each day that they encourage you to whisper it to a cashier in order to obtain a discount. This seems exactly the same to me - mainly because I won't be doing either.

That said, I'd like to see someone roll out a prayer rug and still get the discount.
 
2014-08-01 12:13:12 PM  

vartian: That said, I'd like to see someone roll out a prayer rug and still get the discount.


Okay, that's funny right there.

I have no problem with this (beyond finding public prayer gauche) and think anyone who tries making a thing out of this is gonna have it backfire on them.
 
2014-08-01 12:16:19 PM  
"Dear God, please don't let me get the sh*ts this time."
 
2014-08-01 12:17:34 PM  
I wonder if "Good bread, good meat, good God, let's eat" counts.
 
2014-08-01 12:25:59 PM  
Naw

/that's from the Jesus part of the Bible
//doesn't apply to Christians
 
2014-08-01 12:38:18 PM  
Oh mighty Cthullu bless this meal.
 
2014-08-01 12:41:03 PM  
To wmho or what do they have to pray? Can I pray to a pine tree or a doorknob or Eric Clapton and still get a discount on my crappy diner food?
 
2014-08-01 12:41:39 PM  
*whom
 
2014-08-01 12:47:13 PM  

Bob Falfa: To wmho or what do they have to pray? Can I pray to a pine tree or a doorknob or Eric Clapton and still get a discount on my crappy diner food?


Try Joe Pesci.
 
2014-08-01 12:49:45 PM  

Nabb1: I wonder if "Good bread, good meat, good God, let's eat" counts.



Or Bart's prayer.

"Dear God, we paid for all this stuff so thanks for nothing."
 
2014-08-01 12:57:42 PM  
Get the prayer mat out, turn to face Mecca and start up with the Allah Akhbar's and demand a discount.
 
2014-08-01 01:07:43 PM  
I'm going to show up in my Jedi robes (shut up - my son wanted me to dress as Obi Wan Kenobi to take him trick or treating while he was dressed as Anakin).
 
2014-08-01 01:08:18 PM  

Nabb1: I'm going to show up in my Jedi robes (shut up - my son wanted me to dress as Obi Wan Kenobi to take him trick or treating while he was dressed as Anakin).


Oops. Show up in Jedi robes and give thanks to the Force for providing us with such bounty.
 
2014-08-01 01:13:41 PM  
"HAIL SATAN!"


/draws pentagram
 
2014-08-01 01:22:07 PM  

Nabb1: It's an admonition against insincere displays of piety and that God will know the difference between false piety and true faith. I'm not sure where where saying grace for a discount at a greasy spoon falls in that spectrum.


I would imagine if you pray before every meal/dinner, then God approves. If you go there and pray just for the discount, you will be smote
 
2014-08-01 01:36:01 PM  
vol10.music-bazaar.com
Do these guys get the discount too?
 
2014-08-01 01:37:18 PM  
These people are probably shaitty tippers too.
 
2014-08-01 01:37:31 PM  
And we thank you, oh sweet, sweet Lord of hosts, for the...smorgasbord. You have so aptly lain at our table this day, and each day...by day.
 
2014-08-01 01:37:59 PM  
"Wisely reflecting, I use this food not for fun, not for pleasure, not for fattening, not for beautification, but only for the maintenance and nourishment of this body, for keeping it healthy, for helping with the Spiritual Life;
Thinking thus, I will allay hunger without overeating, so that I may continue to live blamelessly and at ease."

- Theravada Buddhist Meal Chant
 
2014-08-01 01:38:19 PM  
Soooo, Muslims are OK there, yes?
 
2014-08-01 01:40:12 PM  
The bigger news here is that there may be Christians out there who take Matthew 6:5-6 seriously.

/didn't think so...
 
2014-08-01 01:43:10 PM  
Good lord, do you really expect me to pay full price for this meal?! Amen.
 
2014-08-01 01:44:11 PM  
The Attention Whores Discount.
 
2014-08-01 01:44:38 PM  

ArkAngel: Nabb1: It's an admonition against insincere displays of piety and that God will know the difference between false piety and true faith. I'm not sure where where saying grace for a discount at a greasy spoon falls in that spectrum.

I would imagine if you pray before every meal/dinner, then God approves. If you go there and pray just for the discount, you will be smote


Smitten. Not smote, dammit.
 
2014-08-01 01:45:41 PM  
Needs a swarthy guy with an unkempt beard to go in and start chanting Allahu Akhbar.
 
2014-08-01 01:47:58 PM  
It's pisspoor customer service but it's hardly a civil rights violation.

shiat like this also demonstrates just why the Free Market can't really be trusted to be any sort of tool for social justice; only way they could get away with this is because in the South* it's now a hobby to pick on Atheists and somehow pretend nominally presenting oneself as Christian means your shiat doesn't stink and you don't need to follow the same rules as the rest of us.

*I kid, all of the US loves doing this, especially in more rural areas.
 
2014-08-01 01:48:07 PM  

Fart_Machine: These people are probably shaitty tippers too.


When I worked in the restaurant biz, I waited tables, and the worst customers were absolutely the Sunday post-church crowd.  Hands down.  They were the most demanding of the servers, the most picky about their food, and the stingiest customers in every way.

/and yes, there were many Chick tracts given out in lieu of tips
 
2014-08-01 01:48:23 PM  
Maybe if Christians weren't so persecuted in this country benevolent corporations like this diner wouldn't feel obligated to provide them with a discount to compensate them for their struggle to be recognized as people too.
 
2014-08-01 01:48:55 PM  
The Romans used to take 15% off for praying in public too.
 
2014-08-01 01:50:32 PM  
"Dear God. We paid for all this food so thanks for nuthin'."
 
2014-08-01 01:51:37 PM  
So did they tip on the original price or the discounted price?
 
2014-08-01 01:53:31 PM  

UncomfortableSilence: Maybe if Christians weren't so persecuted in this country benevolent corporations like this diner wouldn't feel obligated to provide them with a discount to compensate them for their struggle to be recognized as people too.



Ooh, that was good.  Like Pocket Ninja with some much needed brevity.  You could go places.
 
2014-08-01 01:57:32 PM  
Ok, so if I'm ever in North Carolina, that's one place I won't be eating. So thanks for letting me know.
 
2014-08-01 01:58:26 PM  

quatchi: I have no problem with this (beyond finding public prayer gauche) and think anyone who tries making a thing out of this is gonna have it backfire on them.


The issue is charging them a different  price based on religious criteria.  That's actually pretty much exactly to the letter one of the primary things the Civil Rights act was explicitly intending to stop, along with banning people from extablishments entirely based on protected groups.

Yes, it's petty in scale, but this is very,  very much illegal in both the letter and the spirit of the law.  They don't need to be punished for it, just warned off, but if they keep it up after being warned they very much deserve all the money they're going to lose in court.

This falls on the scale of Civil Rights violations where pick-pocketing someone's credit cards to buy a bunch of porn subscriptions online falls on the scale of robbery.  Not as egregious as sticking a gun in their face?  Yes.  Very definitely antisocial behavior that's rightfully illegal?  Also yes.
 
2014-08-01 01:58:27 PM  

Nabb1: I wonder if "Good bread, good meat, good God, let's eat" counts.


I was going to go with "Dear God, we payed for this ourselves so thanks for nothing"
 
2014-08-01 01:58:57 PM  

From Philly to Boston: "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full."  Matthew 6:5


Indeed they did 15% off thier bill
 
2014-08-01 02:00:47 PM  
How about not allowing customers to be served unless they pray to Jesus?  Would you all be OK with that?

More than a few of you are happy with businesses discriminating against certain types of customers...
 
2014-08-01 02:01:02 PM  
Menu Specials:

Monday - Roast leg of lamb of God
Tuesday - Jesus Fish n' Chips
Wednesday - 9 Onion Rings of Hell
Thursday - Hot Cross Buns
Friday - 700 Club Sandwich
 
2014-08-01 02:01:38 PM  

vartian: That said, I'd like to see someone roll out a prayer rug and still get the discount.


Came to say this, was too slow.

I wonder if an atheist could do a logic problem before his meal and get a discount.
 
2014-08-01 02:02:23 PM  

Robo Beat: Fart_Machine: These people are probably shaitty tippers too.

When I worked in the restaurant biz, I waited tables, and the worst customers were absolutely the Sunday post-church crowd.  Hands down.  They were the most demanding of the servers, the most picky about their food, and the stingiest customers in every way.

/and yes, there were many Chick tracts given out in lieu of tips


When I was a waiter in high school, one of those "big box" churches opened right next to the restaurant where I worked. I quickly adapted. I bought some WWJD bracelets and got in the habit of saying have a blessed day. I always made pretty decent money off them, better than most I guess.
 
2014-08-01 02:02:49 PM  

vartian: The cupcake shop around the corner has a "secret word" that they publish on their Facebook page each day that they encourage you to whisper it to a cashier in order to obtain a discount. This seems exactly the same to me - mainly because I won't be doing either.


media1.s-nbcnews.com

I would think that the continuous screaming would become very tiresome.
 
2014-08-01 02:03:33 PM  
I think this woman is going to be sorry she started this.

There are a lot of cheap bible thumpers out there that will want their discounts and will pray for locusts and floods and other shiat when they have to pay full price.
 
2014-08-01 02:04:12 PM  
Does it matter which god I pray to?  If I have to pray to JC can I pick the words.

As loudly as possible "Lord Jesus Christ please deliver us from the ptomaine poisoning  we got here last week. Raman."
 
2014-08-01 02:07:08 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: Robo Beat: Fart_Machine: These people are probably shaitty tippers too.

When I worked in the restaurant biz, I waited tables, and the worst customers were absolutely the Sunday post-church crowd.  Hands down.  They were the most demanding of the servers, the most picky about their food, and the stingiest customers in every way.

/and yes, there were many Chick tracts given out in lieu of tips

When I was a waiter in high school, one of those "big box" churches opened right next to the restaurant where I worked. I quickly adapted. I bought some WWJD bracelets and got in the habit of saying have a blessed day. I always made pretty decent money off them, better than most I guess.


Its times like this I love having you in that strange green color Fark seems to think is the most appropriate for identifying friends.
 
2014-08-01 02:07:55 PM  

derpes_simplex: Menu Specials:

Monday - Roast leg of lamb of God
Tuesday - Jesus Fish n' Chips
Wednesday - 9 Onion Rings of Hell
Thursday - Hot Cross Buns
Friday - 700 Club Sandwich


Falafels are RIGHT OUT.
 
2014-08-01 02:11:22 PM  

Tigger: Get the prayer mat out, turn to face Mecca and start up with the Allah Akhbar's and demand a discount.


Seriously.  Someone will (and should) try this.  And videotape it.  I'll get the popcorn...
 
2014-08-01 02:11:29 PM  

vartian: The cupcake shop around the corner has a "secret word" that they publish on their Facebook page each day that they encourage you to whisper it to a cashier in order to obtain a discount. This seems exactly the same to me - mainly because I won't be doing either.

That said, I'd like to see someone roll out a prayer rug and still get the discount.


hahahaha oh man I'd love to see that.
 
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