Posted By Laughing_Wolf • [October 22, 2012]
One of the things I will miss about the Lafayette (IN) area when I'm on embed will be the people. There are a lot of good people in the area, and a high number of veterans. One special family belongs to "Top" who is a retired USMC master guns. Top has looked after me for a while now, after we met courtesy of Mark Dolfini and Standing for the Fallen (who he also looks after), and I've been adopted into the family.
The other night was a birthday celebration for his daughter, and she chose to go to Scotty's Brewhouse
, a small chain in Indiana. It's not a brew pub (no brewing on site), but the food I had was good and they do indeed have a good brew selection that features a number of microbreweries.
When the check came, Top (of course) asked if they had a military/veteran's discount. The young lady who did such a good job looking after us said that yes, they did, it wasn't much but could she see his ID? Yep, she carded him to be sure he really was military -- and told us why.
Scotty's does more than a discount on Veteran's Day, and among the real vets who came into this location were a group of younger people, one of whom demanded the freebies and presented ID to get them. Unfortunately for him, while the waitress herself had not served, close family and friends have and do, and she knew what a real ID looked like. She refused to give him/them the freebies. He created a scene, demanded the manager, etc. She didn't back down. They paid the bill, left no tip, and stormed out. She apparently did catch a little flack for how she handled the situation, but nothing serious. I doubt she will take my direction to drop kick any fake's balls up between their ears, but I can hope.
Because she cared enough to card, and because Scotty's does do a good bit for troops and Vets (and not just on Veteran's Day), they've earned some repeat business from me. If you are in Indiana, I will commend them to you to try.
If you care to thank them for support, and having staff that cares enough to card, you might drop them a line (see earlier link). I not only would like to see them thanked, I would love to see carding become policy, along with calling the police on obvious fakes who are committing fraud/theft-by-deception.
Meantime, if things work out, I will go back to Scotty's at least one more time before I leave. For caring enough to card, and for the way things were handled, it is the least I can do.