Friday, April 01, 2016

In Utah you can get your fish and chips with a side of shock that your server is wearing a gun on their hip.

Courtesy of the Guardian:  

The first things you notice are the smell of freshly fried cod and the fact that the men serving it up are wearing kilts. 

It’s only afterward that you notice the waiters are carrying not just trays of food – but pistols, too. 

You’re tempted to ask: “Is that a gun in your sporran or are you just pleased to see me?” Actually, these guys wear their firearms neatly tucked into their waistbands, or in side holsters amid the tartan folds. 

Tony Siebers was carrying his loaded 9mm Sky semiautomatic – made in America, he pointed out – in the top of his Black Watch tartan kilt, as he buzzed around the restaurant he owns in Ogden, Utah, getting ready for the Good Friday dinner rush. 

“It doesn’t come out unless there is an emergency,” he said, patting the black handle of the pistol.

The "emergency" the owner is talking about is a robbery, which if one were to occur in the restaurant he can now insure will be met with a hail of bullets though the majority of robberies do not involve actual gun play.

And while perhaps the probability of a robbery has been reduced by some small percent, the possibility of an accidental shooting within the restaurant seems to have gone up quite dramatically.

Not that I have any plans to visit Utah anytime in the near future, but if I did  you can bet this is one eatery that I would take great pains to avoid.


  1. Anonymous6:08 AM

    So I assume that loaded gun is quite accessible to him. That means a bored child could also grab it and fire it. Nice.

  2. Anonymous7:10 AM

    That is an "accident" waiting to happen. These gun nuts that have taken over the country really depress me.

  3. Anonymous7:20 AM

    Good One>

    1. Actually I found it kinda lame for satire.

    2. Anonymous9:12 AM

      7:48 Yep, like a "Good Guy" with a gun. Right?

    3. Anita Winecooler4:25 PM

      Poor Little Fella. Something tells me he's going to have some serious anger issues. Who blows their brains out taking a selfie?

  4. Anonymous7:27 AM

    And how many of these employees have had the proper training and practice in multiple situations (hundreds of hours required for a law enforcement officer) to carry a gun in these circum tances ?

  5. Anonymous7:37 AM

    I sure jope that all these guns are secured with fingerprint technology, so anyone (like a disgruntled customer) would not just be able to grab a gun from the kilt and shoot up the place...

    If I ever see someone either on a street or in a business with a gun, I will immediately leave the area and call 911. How do I know if said idjit is a 'good person' with a gun, or a 'bad guy'?
    I think, this country is slowly but surely losing its collective mind, and that eventually, there will be travel advisories from other countries, warning their citizens, not to come here as tourists. I actually think that some thoughts along these lines are already out there, and many people are opting for visiting other countries, where no 30,000+ people each year die from gunshots. After all, who in their right mind would go to vacation in a warzone?

  6. Anonymous7:38 AM

    I bet his customers will think twice about complaining if the food or service is not to their liking. Americans and their obsession with firearms is crazy.

    1. Anonymous8:47 AM

      If people don't like their restaurant, they aren't required to be a customer there.

  7. Anonymous7:40 AM

    There will be blood.
    Unintended Consequences will most certainly happen.
    It could serve as deterrent initially. That's only if the robbers are familiar with the restaurant and it's policies.
    Otherwise be ready for a clusterfuck, should an actual robbery take place.imbeciles!

  8. Anonymous8:02 AM

    Good for them. Would love to see more establishments protect themselves in this manner. It definitely sends out a message. You say they have decreased the likelyhood of a robbery a small percentage, I'd say to almost zero chance.

    1. Anonymous8:11 AM

      What's the chance that a robbery would occur during business hours at a restaurant where the wait staff doesn't carry guns? Almost zero chance.

    2. Anonymous8:14 AM

      Yes, good for them! All those pesky customers caught in the crossfire, serves them right, lousy tippers.

    3. Anonymous8:47 AM

      Happens more often than you think after hours when the cash is getting counted for the bank drop 8:11.

    4. Anonymous9:42 AM

      I specifically wrote during business hours for a reason, 8:47. These waiters are carrying during business hours.

    5. Anonymous10:15 AM

      Good, then everyone also certainly knows they are armed after business hours too 9:42. Probably never get robbed during or after hours, the waitresses probably don't have to worry about random stalkers in the parking lot either. Excellent policy.

    6. Anonymous6:21 PM

      It's a gimmick, 10:15, nothing more.

      Like "Hooters," but with guns. "Shooters?"

  9. O/T: Roy Zimmerman on religious freedom (to burn our own witches):

    1. Anonymous9:17 AM

  10. Anonymous8:31 AM

    Zero chance at a robbery because the employees are armed, probably. Zero chance of a shooting and people caught in a crossfire, no. Some guy just walked up to a Virginia state trooper and shot him point blank. The trooper was armed. And what if there is a fight in the business, how far does it escalate?

    1. Anonymous8:52 AM

      Well 8:31, the shooter was James Brown III, a black guy with a long criminal record and a known hatred of the police. He also had a neck tattoo, real nice. Just another product of BLM.

    2. Anonymous9:19 AM

      8:52 I guess your opinion is that black lives don't matter, just kill them all.

      The racism in your comment comes through loud and clear. Join the KKK, I hear they like tattoos, too, also.

    3. Anonymous10:18 AM

      Racist? For stating the facts? What is wrong with you people? You can't state the facts of a lifelong violent criminal thug lest be called a racist?

      This thug killed a cop in cold blood. Get your head on straight.

    4. Anonymous 10:18 AM wrote: Racist? For stating the facts? What is wrong with you people? You can't state the facts of a lifelong violent criminal thug lest be called a racist?

      Please note that Anonymous 8:52 AM wrote: Just another product of BLM. Are you seriously claiming that this was a statement of fact? That Brown was not just *A* procuct of BLM, but was—more strongly—JUST ANOTHER product of BLM? Seriously???

      I think you should provide some sort of evidence, or else go back into hiding.

    5. Anonymous6:18 PM

      Just call him a "nigger," 10:18. We all know you want to. I'm sure you dream of a Donald Trump America where you and your buddies can say "nigger" again.

    6. Anonymous9:36 PM

      And there we have the lib, can't wait to use that ugly word can you 6:18?

      I never use or type that word ever.

    7. Anonymous 9:36 PM wrote: I never use or type that word ever.

      That's easy for you to say, without fear of contradiction. “Anonymous 9:36 PM” has materialized here, written a comment that contains no ugly words, and gone away, never to be seen again. Other people calling themselves “Anonymous” have used ugly words, and doubtless will again, but nothing will ever, ever, connect them with “Anonymous 9:36 PM” so yes, you are quite safe in making that vacuous claim.

      And NOBODY has provided any support for the claim by “Anonymous 10:18 PM” that James Brown III is typical of, just another product of, BLM.

      It's so easy to be racist when one is wearing the “Anonymous” mask. Recent “Anonymous” commenters excepted, of course (or would like to be).

    8. Anonymous10:18 AM

      No, you would never use "that word." You just use substitute words and phrases that mean the same thing. Then you sit back and yell "racist!" at anyone who points it out to you. So, I say, go ahead and use "that word." We all know you want to, we all know that's what you mean.

      Fifty years ago, you'd be using "that word" and you'd love to be able to use it now.

      That's the "post racial" America racists like you are so eager to tell everyone about.

  11. Anonymous9:10 AM

    Does anyone ever think of the nation we are leaving our children and grandchildren? What a sad commentary.

    The stupidity of many of those who purchase guns to "protect" themselves is beyond reason. Lock them up? Why? I need to be able to access them on a moment's notice. Scary!

  12. Anonymous9:24 AM

    Yawn. Colorado has already been there, done that. In Rifle, no less:

    Plus, as an added bonus you can mosey right on down the street for a bit of herb to calm your nerves if need be before you eat with a pistol packin' posse.

    Let's see 'em try and top that in Utah.

  13. ibwilliamsi11:29 AM

    "It doesn't come out unless there's an emergency - or someone grabs it away from me when I'm not paying attention."

    There. Fixed it for him.

  14. Anonymous1:44 PM

    Whenever I read these kind of stories I come back to an incident that occurred when I was a student. I discovered that my roommate had a gun and kept it in a drawer next to his bed. I didn't feel comfortable about it, but chose to let it slide.

    One day I was using the bathroom in that bedroom, and and the lock on the door jammed -- I was momentarily stuck inside. Just then I heard someone in the bedroom rummaging through drawers. I called out my roommates name, and heard footsteps fleeing out of the apartment and down the stairs.

    With a little jiggling of the lock I was able to open the door. It was a miracle that I had not walked into the bedroom and surprised the burglar. Which could have been fatal -- the one thing he stole was my roommate's gun.

  15. Anita Winecooler4:33 PM

    And none of us ever heard of accidents with guns. People take their kids out to dine with them, a waiter in a itchy skirt has his arms full carrying food and drink to a table, what kind of reflexes are left to get the gun out of the kid's hand? Or what if he leaves the gun on the toilet and forgets it there? More guns aren't the solution.

  16. Anonymous6:20 PM

    So happpy to see it sooooo empty - may it never change.


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