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    A little info about darden restaurants. **Rant**

    "Darden Restaurants" is the parent company of 4 major restaurant chains across the U.S. and Canada. These restaurants include Smokey Bones and Bahama Breeze, which are restaurants based mostly in the southern U.S. Locally known Darden Restaurants include Red Lobster and Olive Garden.

    2 months ago Darden Restaurants made all of it's employees sign a contract at the end of a 10 page booklet. This booklet was all about Darden's new policies on lawsuits. After signing the contract no Darden employee could take the individual restaurants or the parent company to court. Any problems would be settled by:

    1. A group of peer jurors (other darden employees).
    2. Local and national management staff.
    3. Outside mediation (as chosen by the corporation).

    If we refused to sign the contract we were "agreeing to voluntarily resign."

    Now, 2 months later Darden restaurants is employing new policies for kitchen staff. These policies include, but are not limited to:

    New uniforms-white long sleeved button up shirt, black pants, black non-slip shoes, chef hat. These uniforms must be purchased with our own money. The uniforms also can only be purchased from Darden restaurants. We cannot go to a uniform store to purchase the uniforms.

    No body piercings. This includes earrings, tongue rings, lip rings, eyebrow rings, nose rings, etc...

    No visible tattoos.

    No facial hair.

    No long hair.

    The rest of the list will be explained at a meeting on Monday.

    If we refuse to pay Darden restaurants for the uniforms we are agreeing to voluntarily resign. According to the talk around the kitchen, the uniforms are priced at roughly 200% of the cost of any other store.

    If we refuse to take out all body percings, including those that cannot be seen while fully clothed, we are agreeing to voluntarily resign.

    If we refuse to have visible tattoos removed or covered up at all times, we are agreeing to voluntarily resign.

    If we refuse to keep a clean shaven face, we are agreeing to voluntarily resign.

    If we refuse to keep a short hair style, we are agreeing to voluntarily resign.

    I have been with Red Lobster for over four years now, I will be given no special treatment. Thanks to the contract that I signed two months ago, I cannot do anything except for throw up my middle fingers as I walk out of the meeting on monday. I will not be recieving my 3 weeks worth of paid vacation that I have earned, due to the fact that I am not supposed to get it until the second week of September.

    Darden Restaurants has roughly 150,000 employees, roughly 40-50% of which do not fall within the new criteria, so a fairly large chunk of Darden's employees across the U.S. and Canada will be quitting this week.

    What is the moral of the story? Don't eat at Red Lobster or Olive Garden for a while. Both restaurants are going to be hiring on basically a whole new kitchen staff that won't be worth a shit, and those that decide to follow all the new rules will probably be holding a grudge and spitting in the food for a while.

    I'll probably update this again after my meeting on monday.
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    Stick with it you so you can get your vaction.......
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    I'm not pulling out my piercings, and shaving my head so I can get some paid vacation money.
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    damnit, and i liked red lobster. That should be (and seems) illegal to do.

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    It is only a couple of weeks tho....but if you dont believe in conforming to the rules, I understand. That is the freedom of choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StangerBanger96
    damnit, and i liked red lobster. That should be (and seems) illegal to do.

    Dress codes and appearance codes are used by thousands of companies world wide. I understand why they have them, but they do suck. Paying for your own uniforms is bull shit tho. You should get those free and return them when you leave.

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    It sounds like you all just got fucked in the ass. I'd quit too. This makes me glad my employers overlook a couple of the dress code rules, as our code involves a uniform and some bodily appearance guidelines.
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    They can't be returned, they get destroyed in a kitchen. These new shirts and pants must be cleaned and pressed for every shift. Once the shirts are stained we have to buy new ones. A shirt will probably only last a week to two weeks at most.
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    ^ That sucks man, its going to be a lot of money. I remember when I delivered pizzas that they kept making me wear there hat instead of my own and I hated it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StangerBanger96
    damnit, and i liked red lobster. That should be (and seems) illegal to do.
    As much as it may be thanks to the contract from 2 months ago the only people that can "rule" on it are fellow employees (the ones that have been there for 15 years and are all about the corporation, management, and corporate mediators.
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