The manager claimed this joke on a choking patron's bill was actually a joke meant for another elderly person.
This is a Denny's manager's idea of funny. (via Facebook)
A manager of a Denny's in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota is in trouble for being horribly not funny. An elderly patron of the restaurant came for an afternoon meal on Monday, May 11th. She had a small choking fit during her meal. In a post to Facebook, the customer's daughter explains that her mother has trouble swallowing on account of numerous surgeries performed on her esophagus. This meal at Denny's was her first solid meal in a long time.
When her bill came, the choking customer found a hand-written joke.
Here's the text in case you can't read it:
"As you all know my mom has had a few surgeries recently on her esophagus. She has trouble eating, swallowing and even keeping things down. She chokes when she eats and eating any meal is a process for her. To have a little normalcy in her day, she went to Denny's in Brooklyn Park, to try to eat on Monday afternoon. This is what the Manager, yes the Manager wrote on her bill!"
I'm not sure how this joke operates. Is Denny's selling her a LifeAlert button? Does Life Alert cost $15 to activate in a Denny's? Is this a very subtle viral marketing campaign? The questions only multiplied after Saba received an apology call from Bob Quigley, the manager who wrote the note on the bill.
Quigley attempted to explain the note away, saying it was the joke was actually aimed at a 60-year-old waitress who “could get hurt by running around so much." So, is he selling these on the side? Do working waitresses need a Life Alert button if they are busting their ass working at Denny's? Does Quigley just think emergency medical devices are inherently funny?
Saba's sister, Caroline Speikers, responded to this nonsense perfectly.
“Either he's mocking someone who is ill and disabled, or he's totally comfortable discriminating against someone's age. He has a sick and twisted sense of humor, and should not be allowed around customers."
Denny's has responded by formally writing the manager up and putting him through retraining, but won't fire him since he is a long-serving employee. Sounds like a page from the Catholic Church playbook. Let this be a lesson, up-and-coming comedians; if you're going to write offensive and confusing jokes during work hours, write them on Twitter like everyone else.