Woman Dining Alone Assumed to be a Hooker

A restaurant here in New York City is feeling the heat for allegedly telling a single woman she wasn’t allowed to eat at the bar alone because the restaurant was trying to avoid having prostitutes sit there preying on decent, law-abiding, (male) customers. Yes, basically they assumed she was a lady of the night and made her move to a table back by the bathrooms.

The restaurant is called Nello and the not-a-hooker is named Clementine Crawford. Nello is a pretty pricey restaurant on the Upper East Side that Crawford likes to go to whenever she’s in Manhattan. When she called the restaurant owner to complain about her treatment, he pretty much told her it’s his business and he can run it however he wants. She also claims that while she was sitting at a table not being a hooker, she watched a man sit at the bar and dine alone. (Does Nello not know what a gigilo is?)

Crawford wrote an essay about her experience and then it went viral because everybody wants to read about the plight of paid sex workers and those who are mistakenly thought to be one. It is important to note that Crawford was not upset about being mistaken for a call girl. She’s upset because of the blatant sexism and the assumption that any woman sitting alone at a bar must be up to no good.

The restaurant fucked up in so many ways. First off, you can never assume a woman is a hooker unless she’s wearing booty shorts and hanging her tits in your car window while you’re waiting for a red light and she’s telling you she’ll give you a handy for $10. If that happens, yeah, she’s probably either a hooker or someone applying for a job as a FOX News commentator. (Hi, Britt!)  However, if a woman is sitting alone at a bar having a cocktail and enjoying the company of herself, chances are she’s just a woman who wants some time time alone so she can think about how shitty so many men are. Secondly, so what if she was a prostitute? Lets give props to a woman who knows what she wants and goes after it. Thirdly, if a woman complains about the fact that you basically called her a whore, you don’t come back with the “it’s my restaurant and I run it how I want” defense. You apologize profusely for your sexist assumption and offer a complimentary order of Grilled Chicken Wonton Tacos. (Well, at least that’s what the Applebee’s managerial handbook tells you do.)

If you own a restaurant and you don’t want hookers all up in there, you need to figure out a way to do it without assuming any woman who comes in alone is a streetwalker. Maybe put up a sign that says “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service. And No Hookers.” Or simply just mind your own fucking business. If a man is at a restaurant and is approached by a working girl and he ultimately decides he’d rather have a tart for dessert instead of the creme brûlée, who cares? Let him pay his check and then then pay the woman. The restaurant got their money, the call girl got her money and the man finally got laid. It’s a win-win-win.

As for Clementine Crawford, I’m sorry you had to go through that. Hopefully, the restaurant will come to their senses and publicly apologize to you and give you their equivalent to a Grilled Chicken Wonton Taco, which, coincidentally, is exactly the same thing a hooker would give to a John that she meets at Nello. 

5 thoughts on “Woman Dining Alone Assumed to be a Hooker

  1. Jacqui

    I’ve been following you for years. While I’m no longer in the industry, I still feel a certain connection to those who are. This might be your most awesomely offensive, hysterical post yet. I loved it and hated it at the same time. Please do more like this!

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  2. Mike

    I would have to assume that using the standard that a woman sitting alone at a bar must also mean that any man who is sitting alone at a bar must also be looking for a hooker right? So why is the management also not allowing lone males to sit at the bar because they are so obviously looking for prostitutes? While I normally think that most lawsuits are bullshit and just people desperately trying to get money for nothing in this instance I hope she sues and get’s so much money that the asshole general manager can never get another job as long as he lives and that the restaurant is forced to close.

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  3. Swaysway

    Wouldn’t it be cool if hoarded of single ladies wearing wonderfully revealing clothing showed up one at a time to sit at their bar. If enough showed up and got moved to tables then they wouldn’t have enough tables for actual parties.

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  4. Kaos

    Ummm I think this falls unfer the sane civil rights thing that deciding thst say an African American couldn’t sit at the bar because X reason. That is to say that gender is a protected-from-discrimination class and even though it’s “his restaurant,” it’s illegal.

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