It’s not often that a story about sexism ends with something really wonderful happening.
Daniel McCawley, the owner of Atomic Grill in Morgantown, West Virginia, read a comment on the restaurant rating site Urban Spoon saying that his waitresses should “show some more skin.” Gross, right? So McCawley actually did it … sort of.Over Memorial Day weekend, Atomic Grill will have a $7 potato skins special and 100 percent proceeds will go towards the West Virginia Foundation For Rape Information And Services.
He told ABC News:
“It was brutish. I was upset. I’m a husband and a father of a 12 year old girl. I have five sisters and it was just offensive. If you have a minute, have some potato skins, try some fresh, local barbecue and give to a good cause. It’s important to us, it should be important to the community.”
The comment on UrbanSpoon has since been deleted, which makes me hope that the original author of the comment caught wind of the restaurant’s response and all the media attention it has generated. Atomic Grill wrote on their Facebook page earlier today:
When we come up with an idea like the “Show us some skin,” we never in our wildest dreams expected it to take off like this did. We are humbled and excited that everyone has responded to it so positively. We value our employees as much as our own families, and if we can turn something negative into a positive for our community, then all the better.
Good on them. (And yum, potato skins.)
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