An IHOP waitress from Massapequa, New York is in some hot water after she allegedly lost her cool with some customers and threatened them with a steak knife. The waitress’s name is Rhonda Kelly and she was charged with second-degree menacing and released on a court appearance ticket. You can read the whole story here, but here’s the gist:
Basically, a mom and dad took their two special needs kids to IHOP for a “treat.” According to Dad, the waitress had a little bit of an attitude from the beginning. He says there was a heated exchange between his family and the waitress at which time the manager asked them to go. As they were leaving, he heard someone make a comment about one of his children and that struck a nerve with him causing him to go back into the restaurant. He claimed that the staff surrounded him and his family while the staff claimed they felt an immediate threat to their personal safety which is when Rhonda picked up the steak knife. Police were called and there you have it.
But what is the real story? If the parents felt their server had a nasty attitude, why then did management ask them to go? Is it not too far fetched to believe that they were also part of the problem? Granted, it was certainly not okay for a staff member to insult their children, but the dad admits that, although his voice was raised, it was just an inquiry and not a threat. Uh huh, sure Dad. If I saw your mullet-wearing ass heading toward me screaming, I’d grab a steak knife too. Or a butter knife or a bottle of boysenberry syrup or anything else to put between me and you. According to the dad, his boys are still haunted by the experience with the “angry lady,” but I think the only real haunting that they may be dealing with is the scariness of his receding hairline and the weak chin of their mother.
Rhonda Kelly will make her court appearance next month. My guess is that the judge will say something like this:
Oh, Jesus, you wait tables at IHOP and this is the first time you’ve pulled a steak knife on somebody? Girl, kudos to you. I don’t even know what went down that day with the family, but I’m gonna give you a free pass on this one. The next time someone orders a Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity® but says they don’t want fruit or gluten, you just take a minute to breathe and step away from the steak knifes. Now get outta here, Rhonda! Go on, girl. Case dismissed.
That’s when the judge pressed play on her iPod shuffle and they to “Cell Block Tango” from the movie Chicago: