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Utah Restaurant Fires Cook for Anti-Cop Facebook Post, Draws Fire for Offering Free Meals to Cops

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Jodi Dansie set up a Facebook page for Leslie's Family Tree restaurant in Santaquin, Utah, to inform customers about daily specials, and the page would get about 70 views per post for that reason, until a cook—on his own Facebook page—posted a photo suggesting the only good cop was a dead cop.

The cook was linked to the restaurant and its page was deluged with comments. The restaurant fired the cook, saying he had suggested the move himself, and went to its Facebook page to offer free meals for cops.

It didn't help draw attention away from the restaurant, as local news station KSL reports:

"This place gives free food to murderers and kidnappers just because they wear badges," one man posted.

A family member of Darrien Hunt – who was shot and killed by Saratoga Springs Police as he carried a samurai sword – even weighed in on the dispute.

Cindy Moss, an aunt to Hunt, blasted the restaurant's gesture on Facebook and in a subsequent interview with KSL.

"It makes me sick," she said Wednesday. "It seems so backward and messed up that people are rewarding the people who killed my nephew."

Moss acknowledged the work of "good police," but said she felt compelled to react because of what happened to Hunt.

"Like I said in my post, my sister is still trying to take care of her family, trying to keep her job, trying to mourn her son and still doesn't have enough money to pay for the burial of her son, and meanwhile they're feeding the people who are getting paid while they're on leave and they're now getting free meals," Moss said.

The business subsequently took down its response along with some additional posts, Dansie said, but a number of negative reviews remain because of the cook's post.

Prosecutors ruled the killing of Hunt justified earlier this week. Dansie says she's exasperated by all the outrage and is considering pulling the plug on the restaurant's Facebook page.

h/t Stanton Smith

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  1. OT:

    Greenspan say’s gold is a currency – the ultimate currency that cannot be matched even by the dollar:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz4-Tru_30A

    1. Anything is a currency if people use it as such. Do people use gold as currency? Sometimes. Rarely. Not even close to the dollar.

    2. So basically, Greenspan is back to where he was before he went to the fed. What the fuck happened to that man while he was in a position of power?

      1. Its amazing how flexible people’s ideas of what is right can be when some power and prestige is on the line.

    3. I get the problem with fiat currency, but on the other hand I don’t get people who seem to ascribe gold almost magical powers.

      1. Gosh, what a reasonable, nuanced straw man.

        1. I mean that gold has very little innate utility, so it seems to me gold is inferior to other commodities like oil, corn, etc. It’s status as the “ultimate currency” seems based primarily on social convention, which makes seems almost like a semi-fiat currency.

          1. It’s based on scarcity and fixed quantity. Corn and oil can go rotten or get destroyed. Gold won’t.

            1. Yeah, that’s really it. Lot’s of commodities could be used as currencies. But people need something like precious metals that last and are truly uniform.

          2. “gold has very little innate utility”

            I’m sure the electronics and aerospace industries will be happy to hear that…

            1. +1 necklace, ring or bracelet

            2. Gold certainly has utility. But it is true that the vast majority of it just sits there in vaults or as decoration.

            3. Industrial and medical uses of gold account for only around 12% of demand. Most of the demand for gold is solely of the “OOO Shiny” variety.

              1. Gold is a store of wealth in the same way real estate, farm land, art and gems are.

                It’s not about utility; it’s about protecting wealth in the face of currency losing value.

                Gold’s been a store of wealth for 4 thousands years.

          3. Actually, gold has a lot of innate utility; other noble metals also are quite expensive.

            However, even if it were just social convention,so what? The point of such a currency is that its supply is predictable and its quantity is easily measurable in transactions.

          4. I mean that gold has very little innate utility

            Which is a plus for its function as a currency.

        2. No, Stormy has a point–there’s too many goldbugs on the internet who seem to think that when the derpocalypse takes place, they’ll be sitting on their horde of precious metals like Smaug.

          I have about 10% of my net worth in precious metals–the actual metal, not paper stuff sold on the market–but I think anyone doing much more than 20% or so doesn’t really understand that having a truckload of GOLD! isn’t going to protect them in the event of a monetary or societal collapse.

          1. I think anyone doing much more than 20% or so doesn’t really understand that having a truckload of GOLD! isn’t going to protect them in the event of a monetary or societal collapse.

            Google ferfal and read about his experiences in post-default(s) Argentina.

            Pay particular attention to his comments about gold.

            On total societal TEOTWAWKI, uh sure. Since it’s never happened in such a way as to make gold valueless (seriously never happened), we don’t really know what’ll happen. Barring a celestial impact event or alien invasion gold seems to be pretty valuable shit.

            And I’m not a goldbug. I have a few bullion coins, and some “junk” silver, but it isn’t even 10% of my holdings, maybe 1%.

          2. I’m with you, Rocks, although its probably more like 7 – 8% for me.

            Gold’s job in my house is to give us something to survive on during an economic catastrophe lasting a few years or so. Odds of needing it? Pretty low. But that’s what insurance is – something you have for low-probability, high-damage risks.

            In WWII, there were a lot of families in Europe that survived on their stashes of precious metals (usually silver).

    4. Tide laundry detergent was a currency for a while.

      1. Diet Pepsi is a currency in the Appalachians.

  2. Any restaurant that advertises free food for cops will not get my business.

    1. A restaurant that has too many cops as paying customers will lose my business. You never know when one will go off for reason, so just for safety’s sake I avoid places where too many cops hang out.

      1. Probably wise. Especially if they serve alcohol.

      2. Congrats. You have demonstrated the equivalent level of stupid that drives Starbucks and Chipotle to ban guns in their establishments.

        1. Mr. Thirty demonstrates his inability to distinguish between very low risk threats (guns carried by citizens), and higher-risk threats (packs of armed men immunized against consequence for violence).

    2. Likewise. I also refuse to vote for a candidate that is endorsed by local law enforcement.

    3. Lots of businesses do this to discourage robberies.

  3. And the lesson here: Facebook is stupid.

  4. How much you wanna these people are low life ghetto dwellers who think they should never be shot even when they are shooting at a cop (Ferguson)

  5. Employee pisses off business’ customers; business fires employee and attempts to soothe ruffled feathers with its customers noncoercively; “libertarian” website condemns business.

    Is this not adding up for anyone else?

    1. Could you quote the condemnation of this business in the post above? Because I’m not seeing it.

      Does it bother you at all that people are giving free shit to government employees? Or do you think graft, bribery, and extortion by armed agents of the state are just fine and dandy?

  6. When someone posts an adverse review without even visiting the restaurant, that’s libel. Not only that, it’s libel per se – which means that all the restaurant has to do is file suit, assert that the review is bogus and that puts the onus on the poster to prove it’s true. Now, a customer is entitled to their opinion – so if someone actually went to the restaurant, ordered food and found it horrible, or observed terrible service – entirely in their own opinion – they can make that comment. But if you have some scum-sucking pig posting that the food is terrible, and that person is posting from Michigan or New York, odds are they’re just lying. If they’ve never been to the restaurant, they cannot have an “opinion” about the quality of the food.

    The thing about libel per se is that damages are imputed. That is, once the restaurant says, “That’s libel” the burden is on the poster to prove otherwise. If they can’t show they’ve ever been to the restaurant, then they owe damages – and the restaurant doesn’t even have to prove the damages because it’s defamation in one of the “special” categories of libel – specifically, with regard to their business reputation.

    If the owners of the restaurant wanted to do the “right thing”, they’d pick a post from the boonies, file suit (at a cost of less than $200), represent themselves, subpoena the IP information and go after the lying cops for tens of thousands of dollars – each…. not fire a worker who did nothing wrong.

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