T.G.I. Fridays Location Posts Unsanctioned “No Marijuana Odor” Sign

Fridays Sign

Twitter user @MaggDaddy re-posted a picture taken from a T.G.I. Friday’s chain restaurant location in Maryland that featured a sign banning customers who smell like marijuana.

TGI FRIDAYS WILL NOT SERVE/SEAT GUEST WITH STRONG MARIJUANA ODOR – Thank you, Management.

What kind of management / public relations genius do you have to be to drive stoners away from your restaurant that serves cheap appetizers?

We can understand that the strong smell of marijuana isn’t appreciated by everyone; that’s not the issue.

It’s the singling-out of marijuana smell as an odor to be banned for the public diners’ benefit that raises our hackles.

Have you ever been in a restaurant where someone at a nearby table is obviously a tobacco smoker? Even though smoking’s been banned in restaurants, you can smell the residue of it in their hair and on their clothes. Are they seated and served at T.G.I. Fridays?

What about the men and women who seemingly can’t leave their homes without immersing themselves in some pungent body spray or perfume? Could they get a seat and a dinner at T.G.I. Fridays?

What if a woman has uncontrollable noxious gas and the man with her has the body odor of an unshowered sewage worker fresh off a pickup basketball game? Is T.G.I. Fridays going to offer them a table and menus?

That sign could have easily read: “TGI FRIDAYS WILL NOT SERVE/SEAT GUESTS WITH STRONG ODOR”, couldn’t it?

For the record, the national management of T.G.I. Fridays did not authorize the sign.

If anybody is looking for a restaurant manager job, there might be an opening in Maryland. But at T.G.I. Fridays – a subsidiary of Gold Coast Holdings – you’ll have to prove your piss is free of marijuana metabolites:

Employees shall also be required to comply with Gold Coast Holdings Restaurant’s drug testing policy. This policy applies to illegal drugs, use of prescription drugs by a person to whom a prescription has not been issued, or use of a prescription or over-the-counter drug in a manner other than its intended use.

UPDATE: A representative of Gold Coast Holdings emailed to inform us that they are not the owners of the Maryland TGI Friday’s location in question.

I was misled by this document from Gold Coast Holdings in October 2015 includes the TGI Friday’s logo, wrongly assuming Gold Coast was the parent company.

My research now tells me that TGI Friday’s was sold to Sentinel Capital Partners and TriArtisan Capital Partners in 2014. Further research shows that Gold Coast owns and operates 82 TGI Friday’s in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey & Pennsylvania as a franchisee.

And Gold Coast requires workers at all their locations to offer up a cup of their piss to determine if they are qualified to cook, clean, serve, or manage – that’s not in dispute.

It appears that Jackmont Hospitality operates TGI Friday’s in Maryland, though I cannot confirm if they operate the location in question. Phone calls to a few of their locations reveal that they, too, believe they need to collect a cup of urine from prospective employees to determine their fitness for work.

A restaurant that drug tests? No wonder their food is so shitty you have to get high as a kite to build enough munchies to tolerate it.

Russ Belville
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