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Restaurant Refuses to Quail Before Teacher Union Demands (UPDATED)

posted at 1:49 pm on February 16, 2011 by

Dateline – Albany:

Cops booted an unruly group of city teachers union officials from a posh Albany eatery after they caused a ruckus over their dinner tab, the Daily News has learned.

Paul Egan, the union’s political and legislative director, set off the fracas – claiming the quail he was served, and finished, wasn’t large enough – sources said.

Egan and about two dozen other members of the United Federation of Teachers spread over three tables at the swank bistro Marché inside 74 State, a boutique hotel down the block from the state Capitol.

And with Egan apparently worked into a froth over the size of his quail in the $40 prix fixe meal, union members looked on without paying the group’s bill.

Egan began shouting and demanded to see the manager. The restaurant’s owner soon appeared, and pleaded with Egan to calm down, sources said.

When he didn’t, restaurant staffers called the cops.

The police made Egan pay his check, and then escorted the UFT group out of the restaurant.

Egan became UFT’s political director after Marvin “Cue Card” Reiskin retired. Egan’s bio claims he was in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1988 for the longest after-dinner speech. It’s possible, but he must have just squeezed it in between the 1985 and 1988 achievements of Dr. Donald Thomas. If Egan held the record, he went on for more than 19 hours and 20 minutes, so I’d say the restaurant got off easy.

UPDATE: United Federation of Teachers political director Paul Egan isn’t done crying about his unsatisfactory quail dinner party, sending a letter to the Marché restaurant in Albany (and the press) complaining about all sorts of problems.

Egan wrote:

On the night of February 14, 2011, I hosted a dinner for 24 colleagues. A number of untoward incidents occurred, including half the party not getting served for an hour and a half, late and rude service, drinks hot and cold spilled by waiters and cold and uncooked meals.

Late and rude service? Drinks spilled? Cold and uncooked meals?

Surely not. After all, Marché is a union restaurant, organized by UNITE HERE Local 471 in 2007 through card check, and its members work as “cooks, bakers, kitchen utility workers, servers, bussers, bartenders and bellmen.” Maybe Egan should have demanded to speak to the shop steward.

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Perfect metaphor for public sector union officials.

rbj on February 16, 2011 at 2:15 PM

It’s obviously the restaurant’s fault. They should have known the people (you know, thugs) they were serving and given them better service.

JSGreg3 on February 16, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Would’ve loved to have been one of the cops forcing that stooge to pay his bill and then GTFO!

44Magnum on February 16, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Quail. ya gotta eat about 3 of them to make a decent sized meal that one chicken gets ya.

44Magnum on February 16, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Well at least the guy didn’t say he found a roach in the meal so he didn’t have to pay!
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letget on February 16, 2011 at 2:27 PM

And with Egan apparently worked into a froth over the size of his quail in the $40 prix fixe meal, union members looked on without paying the group’s bill.

I kind of freak out over things like that, too. Which is why I don’t go to “swanky” restaurants unless someone else is paying.

Count to 10 on February 16, 2011 at 3:21 PM

So, those who had no complaints about their meal thought they didn’t have to pay?

Blake on February 16, 2011 at 3:21 PM

It was an Obama approved portion of bird. Deal with it, Egan. You support it, so deal with it.

Egan seems to be taking arrogance 101 from Obama eh? Look it up. Quails are small birds. Did the menu say, all you can eat? Morons!

capejasmine on February 16, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Which is why I don’t go to “swanky” restaurants unless someone else is paying.

Count to 10 on February 16, 2011 at 3:21 PM

They’re union officials. Of course someone else was paying.

malclave on February 16, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Quail. ya gotta eat about 3 of them to make a decent sized meal that one chicken gets ya.

Yeah duh. Quail are small. This is like ordering a brownie and complaining it’s not a whole chocolate cake. I guess these intellectual union thugs don’t know that.

YehuditTX on February 17, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Union leaders sitting around scarfing down $40 quail. Says it all, doesn’t it? I’d imagine the booze bill made the food bill look paltry by comparison.

alwyr on February 17, 2011 at 12:41 PM

It was a Mochelle Obama approved size meal. Deal with it.

Conservalicious on February 17, 2011 at 3:14 PM

This presents a perfect time for new nouns of multitude. We have an exaltation of larks, a gaggle of geese, a plague of locusts, a covey of quail…

May I suggest a ululation of unions?

Buy Danish on February 17, 2011 at 4:45 PM

May I suggest a ululation of unions?

Buy Danish on February 17, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Far too classy.

OldEnglish on February 18, 2011 at 1:50 AM