Fisher on Steak and Sympathy
Metro columnist Marc Fisher today opined on the situation with the Texas Roadhouse in Chantilly. The restaurant was forced to close its doors when large crowds turned out for the funeral processions of the two officers killed at the Sully District police station in a shootout at the station earlier this year. The manager calculated that the restaurant lost about $9,000 in business and asked the police for compensation in the form of forgiveness of fines the restaurant had incurred after a series of false burglar alarms due to system malfunction.
Though Texas Roadhouse corporate management has since withdrawn the request and disciplined the manager who made it, Fisher calls the request callous and wonders how it could have ever been made. What's your take? Was the manager out of line, or was his request not entirely unreasonable considering the loss of business?