This post caused me so much grief that I almost deleted it. Â I have written posts attacking mega companies like Darden and Groupon with less reaction. Â I have written posts going after TV stars and major TV networks with less reaction. Â I have written posts calling Â out my boss (at the time) with less reaction. Â This is the one that got me in trouble and is still something that is not discussed with some of my best friends.
In a time when The Hospitality Formula Network was nothing more than a drawing on a piece of paper, this was posted on my original “TipsForTips” blog. Â At that time I was happy to get 100 page views a day. Â I posted this late one Friday night before I went to bed. Â When I woke up, I already had over 100 views. Â It just kept climbing. Â By early afternoon it was up to 250. Â By 3pm, I starting getting texts warning me that some people were wanting to talk to me when I got to work.
I walked in the front door and got a death stare from the hostess (who was dating a server). Â A cocktail server (who was dating a server), started giving me the silent treatment. Â Her boyfriend couldn’t even respond because he was so upset (this guy was a college debater and now a successful attorney). Â All those page views were coming from my restaurant. Â Most of my co-workers didn’t even know I had a blog before this and now it was a hot topic ofÂ conversation throughout the building. Â A manager even commented to me, “Wow, you really managed toÂ Â get everyone pissed off at you.” Â By the time I got home, I had over 1000 page views.
Then the comments came. Â The post is interesting, but the comments are EPIC.
It was meant to be part of an ongoing point-counterpoint series on the blog. Â Senor Esparza and I were going to take opposite sides of issues to debate them on the weekend posts. Â In this case we both took extreme positions to spark debate. Â I think intellectually most people would agree with my side. Â I didn’t think so many people would take personal offense to it. Â Now that the smoke has settled and all the people who were originally offended are either broken up or married, I will let you read the post and decide for yourselves. Â Here is why I feel you should not date co-workers.