Chris Rock's mama, Rose Rock, has decided to file a lawsuit and she has the help of the reverend Al Sharpton. Rock claims that she was discriminated by Cracker Barrel Restaurant (oh I can see the jokes coming now) this past May when she and her daughter were ignored by the wait staff for a half an hour after sitting down at a table. In a press conference held with Sharpton today, Rock said, "The manager offered us a free meal, he did not say I'm going to call over who was in that area to see what happened. Just bring them over and say, did you see these people. It's hard to miss two black people sitting in a sea of white people." Diana Wynne, Senior Vice President of Cracker Barrels' Corporate Affairs said that Rock was not discriminated against, "They came in around dinner time when the wait staff changes and the table was overlooked. The restaurant made an honest mistake." "The table did not get re-assigned to a new server," "We are not proud of that, but that appears what happened here."
Sharpton was quick to point out that this is not the first incident Cracker Barrel has faced in regards to discrimination. In 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice settled a civil rights discrimination suit against the restaurant chain. But other people showed up at the press conference saying that they too received crappy service on the day Rock was there. One man said,"I've had to wait myself sometimes due to the fact it may be raining, or a flux of people came in around lunch time." "Sometimes I've left and gone to K and W."
Hmm...this one is a tough call. We all get horrible restaurant service every once in a while, so I'd be more apt to blame it on lousy restaurant management rather than discrimination. I will say, I do enjoy Cracker Barrel's Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese though.