Customer complains about ‘offensive’ Christmas music, fed-up owner responds

The “war on Christmas” is expanding. It’s moved from politically correct merchants down to the customers.

Clip via First Coast News

While Christmas music puts most people in a joyful mood, one Scrooge who dined at a Sr. Augustine, Florida restaurant last week found it offensive, and felt it necessary to voice his complaint in a note scribbled on the back of his check.

“Christmas music was offensive,” the Michael’s Tasting Room customer wrote. “Consider playing holiday music or less religious themed.”

“Holiday music”? Christmas has been a federal holiday since 1870. Perhaps he was thinking Easter maybe? Fourth of July? Columbus Day?

Chef Michel Lugo was flabbergasted.

“My server in concern had to show me that and it was really like what is going on in this world? So we posted it.” Lugo told First Coast News.

So he posted a photo of the note to his Facebook page and asked, “Really…what’s wrong with people?”

“It’s all about celebration of family, celebration of gathering with friends and people and it’s a tradition. It’s not about a religion it’s not about anything else. I am a Christian but I don’t push that as my agenda I think that Christmas is Christmas.” Lugo told the station.

His Facebook post gathered steam and other customers voiced their agreement.

Valarie Tlapak Simmons’s response was typical.

“Dear Micheal,” she wrote. “Thank you so much for playing Christmas music that is actually Christmas music. If we lived in Fl we would be eating at your restaurant. When we visit FL we will dine at your restaurant!! Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!”

Diners enjoying the food, the ambience and the holiday spirit at Michael’s Tasting Room, St. Augustine, Florida
Diners enjoying the food, the ambience and the holiday spirit at Michael’s Tasting Room, St. Augustine, Florida

He said that his Facebook post wasn’t so much a complaint as it was a show of support for his staff.

“Thank you all for the support. I’m very comfortable with these situations, but the stress it puts on my staff is unfair,” he said.

“Between social media and review sites I swear they are under constant pressure that someone is going to write something bad about us. People no longer deal face to face and feel it’s their duty to tell everyone one else how bad you are. The crazy part is no longer is it regarding facts, and now it’s opinions about decor or opinions about Christmas music…what next how we look…oh yeah I’ve seen that too.”

Among all the cheerful shouts of “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah” and “Happy New Year,” there are always one or two that can be heard muttering, “Bah, humbug.”

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