May 02, 2016

Human right to a sanitized restaurant seat? Eatery dinged $12K for offending “germaphobe”

David MenziesMission Specialist

Years ago when I was editor of a food service industry magazine, I learned the restaurant trade is perhaps the toughest business in the world. It’s both capital and labour intensive, and rife with factors that can torpedo a restaurant owner. 

The restaurant business just got tougher thanks to human rights czars as in the recent case of a germaphobe awarded a five-figure sum by the Ontario Human Rights Commission because an Oakville Baton Rouge restaurant put a lemon slice in his water.

The complainant, “P.G.”, was so obsessive-compulsive that the restaurant staff had to jump through hoops to accommodate his “germaphobia.”

The list of accommodations required for his visits was long. Initially, staff indulged him but when the restaurant changed ownership, the new manager told him he was too high maintenance and nobody wanted to serve him anymore.

A reasonable person would take the hint and move on to another eatery but that’s not how things work these days. Now if you’re offended, you go to some non-elected, unaccountable government commission and file a human rights complaint which is what P.G. did.

Filing the complaint proved lucrative. The kangaroo court decided he’d suffered great injury and Baton Rouge was ordered to pay him $12,000! They didn’t take part in the human rights circus. Why bother when you know how the decision will go in the end?

Is this the latest “human right” now? That a restaurant seat must be sprayed down with Purell – or else pay up? Is this the shape of things to come in Canada? The more I think about this latest human rights commission decision, the harder it is to stomach.

Garçon! A puke bucket, on the double, s’il vous plaît!

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commented 2016-05-10 16:07:12 -0400
Robert Raymond,fair enough. Although I copied and pasted only one line and it turned out to be 18(?) I do not know why.
commented 2016-05-03 08:10:40 -0400
The local Health Unit for the restaurant which was fined $12,000 should launch a legal action suit against the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
The Health Unit inspectors are professionals who know how to identify unsanitary conditions in a restaurant and can force restaurant operators to comply to the Ontario government health codes for restaurants.
In their supreme ignorance, the OHRC has just said that the professionals do not know what they are doing even though they themselves have no experience in the field of public health and are probably a bunch of liberal ne’er do wells who cannot hold down a respectable job.
All government agencies should be held accountable to the public and this includes these yahoos on Human Rights Tribunals and Commissions.
commented 2016-05-03 07:58:23 -0400
To AB.

Hey AB, cool your jets. The folks at the Rebel are trying to resolve some issues with their computer software and occasionally the techies run into areas that are new and unfamiliar to them.
Trying to repair issues can lead them down some pretty weird rabbit holes.
Your comments, though valuable, may have been wiped from their servers. Only time will tell.

commented 2016-05-03 05:32:41 -0400
Why can not see the comments ,not even my comment,just this?
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commented 2016-05-03 00:42:38 -0400
PG must be a Liberal, only they could come up with this scam & the Human Rights Commission should have their head examined to even entertain this phony. I bet his house resembles a hoarder’s nest.
Why are all the posts blank right now except for yours Rick P.
commented 2016-05-02 18:27:50 -0400
Also a clip in the movie “As Good As It Gets” with Jack Nicholson. He got told where to go and thrown out. Businesses should have the right to determine who their customers may be. PG (Progressive Garbage?) clearly is a self centred spoiled brat! The restaurant could sue for defamation, however, this kind of slime usually does not work nor have assets to seize!
commented 2016-05-02 17:13:33 -0400
The bosses at the big mafia restaurants are paying attention to this p g —-you may not have to worry about eating anymore soon
commented 2016-05-02 15:32:27 -0400
Andrew wrote: "This is all about big fat socialist government financial raping Canadians. " I agree with every words he wrote ,except “socialist”. Real socialists not this stupid ! Now-days “socialist” are not on the same page – not even reading the same book.
commented 2016-05-02 14:57:58 -0400
Go ahead you weak-kneed little pussies and take me to the HRC of your choice and I will deal with it the same way Baton Rouge did by not showing up. I’ll bet this entitled little baby never sees a penny of his $12,000 extortion. The way to get good service in a restaurant is to tip, not whine.
commented 2016-05-02 14:57:23 -0400
commented 2016-05-02 13:13:35 -0400
Jamie: I’m not from Ontario but is it true that Brown supports a carbon tax? If so it is time to get out the bull whip. It is so sickening what Ontario has become. Get on board Brown. Wake up and smell the carbon! Soon there will be more windmills in Ontario than there are people.
commented 2016-05-02 12:55:50 -0400
You are being sarcastic, are you not?

commented 2016-05-02 12:10:07 -0400
Boy, wait till Patrick Brown and his Conservatives hear about this!
He’ll tear this Ontario HRC and the Liberals a new one!
He’ll call for its immediate execution!
He’ll make mincemeat outa them!

Sic ’em, Pat! Go get ’em, Tiger!
commented 2016-05-02 12:05:11 -0400
This is a great story and a sad indictment of our society. So many thoughts came to mind when I first read the headline. Was it about a mess someone hadn’t cleaned or was it about an insect invasion? A buddy of mine had told me horror stories of going into certain restaurants when he worked with pest control company and literally seeing cockroaches dropping from the ceiling. I still thought if this was the case give them their money back and possibly compensation. But what ever happened to the punishment fitting the crime? Instead David Menzies ( peace on him) showed us a totally different story which is disgusting in it’s own right. The complaint is about lemons and germs? What makes this incredibly outrageous is this germaphobe and the human rights commission seem to be woefully ignorant of is that lemons are very healthy and are also have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which is why you find it in many cleaning products. That being said the punishment should still fit the “crime”. Where do they come up with a figure like $12000 from? So now this precedent has been sent we can expect every “slipping Jimmy” to get the message if you complain loud enough and hard enough you can whine and dine at the owner’s expense.
commented 2016-05-02 11:21:09 -0400
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I can only hope that the smug, insular political/quasi-judicial members of the current kakistocracy may read what I’m about to say and take it seriously. Nowhere in Canadian Jurisprudence and conventional western legal theory can a party be made liable to the irrational unreasonable idiosyncrasies of a less than credible claimant. Particularly when there is no factual basis in tort claim.

The department of health and a dozen other government regulatory agencies have given this establishment a credible cleanliness and health rating. What this arbitrary award is saying to the public is that no matter what level of government scrutiny and regulation you pass, it will never be good enough to stave off arbitrary legal liability.

What this quasi-judicial star-chamber is saying to the public is that there is no longer any test of reasonableness in laying a charge. This is an abomination of the law and it is happening enough now that those administering the rule of law are coming into wide public disrepute.

The number of systemic outrages such as the one mentioned here by the OHRC, provincial and federal administrations and crown corps are creating a color of government ILLEGITIMACY in the collective public perception. More and more people are questioning the legitimacy of government authority when they see it so abominably abused/misused as a matter of operational dysfunction.
commented 2016-05-02 11:05:31 -0400
At least Earl’s won’t have to worry about such a problem, no customers. Does anyone have any suggestions for me as to what jackass stunt I can pull so the HRC can award me some loose cash. Thanks to Notley the Not So Nice, I am unemployed, but she did put me at the top of the list as Chief Pillow Stuffer when her windmills go up. I’d like to ram a dozen lemons down this morons throat. I hope they pissed in his soup! Why can’t thousands of people pull the same stunt now. How could the HRC rule any differently now. Could become VERY expensive!!!
commented 2016-05-02 10:56:41 -0400


This is all about big fat socialist government financial raping Canadians.


Guess what Canada??? You deserve it – when you choose financial rapists to represent you, don’t be surprised when you get financially raped.
commented 2016-05-02 10:12:37 -0400
Why must we put up with these wimps?
commented 2016-05-02 09:32:07 -0400
This kind of nannystatism puts the little ma & pa operations out of business. Only the big chains can deal with the myriad of regulations being imposed. The big chains should not remain complacent however. They will be the next victims.
commented 2016-05-02 09:25:39 -0400
Whine . . . whine . . . whine . . . Canadians used to be identified as nice, polite, quiet and respectful people by everyone in the world. Now we are seen as a bunch of whining pussies. This is all due to the Human Rights Commission, a bunch of overpaid retards that is driving this country into the abyss.

commented 2016-05-02 09:18:16 -0400
It’s a dangerous world now as we all pander to society’s weakest, childish and moronic individuals. What they really need is a good dose of reality…“the effing world does not revolve around you!” It’s too bad the weak couldn’t be culled…along with those who enable them. Who the bloody hell raised these self-entitled b!tch€s?