Unfortunate lack of judgment or just a simple request for customers to play by the rules? In a recent Lone Star dress-code kerfuffle, a hostess at Dallas's Five SIxty
, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant located at the top of Reunion Tower, turned away six World War II veterans
for violating the "business casual" dress code. The veterans -- who were in their 80s and 90s -- were wearing unit baseball caps, POW T-shirts and shorts. "We weren't dressed like hoboes," 93-year-old Jay Coberly told the Dallas Morning News
. "We were just dressed comfortably."
The veterans' family members say they tried to get the hostess to relent. "Do you realize these veterans fought for your freedom and your way of life and you can't see your way clear to let them up to get a view of the city?" Michelle Northrop, Coberly's daughter, explained. But according to Ms. Northrop, the hostess remained politely resolute.
The manager of Five Sixty, Marcus Cascio, has worked hard to make it right with the vets, apologizing in writing (and sending along a couple bottles of scotch). This particular group of guys has been through far worse than this, though -- they survived Black Thursday
, one of the worst battles of World War II, fought in German air space in 1943. Perhaps as a result, the vets approached this situation with their collective sense of humor intact. "We've been all over the country," Coberly said, referring to his unit's regular get-togethers. "We've never had this kind of problem. Dallas must be a first-class town."
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