December 28th, 2007

Well, They Sure Sucked the Fun Out of That Poem

Darren Barefoot posted to Jaiku and Twitter a line from the John Keats poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn". Just yesterday I learned about TruthBeauty, an exhibition of Pictorialist photography at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Both reminded me of when the Simpsons family got a tour of the military school Bart was to attend, and they passed by a classroom.

Cadet: Truth is beauty, beauty truth, sir!
Lisa: They're discussing poetry! Oh, they never do that at my school.
Teacher: But the truth can be harsh and disturbing! How can that be considered beautiful?
Marge: Well, they sure sucked the fun out of that poem.

Submitted by stephen b (not verified) on Thu, 2008-01-03 08:03.

Hey, I love your site! I always tell my friends how I can compare either a Simpsons or Seinfeld episode to some real life event. Well I have another for you. I just saw this on MSNBC online.

Mr. Simpson, this is the most blatant case of fraudulent advertising since my suit against the film, ``The Never-Ending Story''. (c) Lionel Hutz

That's from the Simpsons episode (“New Kid on the Block”) where Homer decided to sue the Sea Captain's "ALL YOU CAN EAT" seafood restaurant because it refused him service.

"Isn't it true that your husband consumed a ten-pound bag of flour when no other food was available?"
---- Lionel Hutz cross-examines Marge Simpson

Here's a real life situation.

'Hearty eater' says buffet banned him
Restaurant charged extra for men who made habit of eating costly seafood
The Associated Press

updated 7:20 p.m. ET, Wed., Jan. 2, 2008

HOUMA, La. - A 6-foot-3, 265-pound man says a restaurant overcharged him for his trips to the buffet line, then banned him and a relative because they're hearty eaters. A spokesman for the restaurant denies the claim.

Ricky Labit, a disabled offshore worker, said he had been a regular for eight months at the Manchuria Restaurant in Houma, eating there as often as three times a week.

On his most recent visit, he said, a waitress gave him and his wife's cousin, 44-year-old Michael Borrelli, a bill for $46.40, roughly double the buffet price for two adults.

"She says, 'Y'all fat, and y'all eat too much,'" Labit said.

Labit and Borrelli said they felt discriminated against because of their size. "I was stunned, that somebody would say something like that. I ain't that fat, I only weigh 277," Borrelli said, adding that a waitress told him he looked like he a had a "baby in the belly."

Houma accountant Thomas Campo said the men were charged an extra $10 each on Dec. 21 because they made a habit of dining exclusively on the more expensive seafood dishes, including crab legs and frog legs.

'We don't discriminate'
"We have a lot of big people there," said Campo, who spoke for owner Li Shang, whose English is limited. "We don't discriminate."

Labit denied ever being told he would be asked to pay more than the standard adult price.

The argument grew heated, and police were called.

The police report states, "The incident was settled when the management advised that the bill was a mistake and, to appease Ricky, the meal was complimentary."

Labit said he insisted on paying but was told not to come back. He complained that when seafood on the buffet line runs out, the restaurant only grudgingly cooks more.

Campo said the proprietress tries to reduce waste of quality food, he said.

"Food is for eating, not toys for your child," reads a sign posted on a wall in typewritten text. A handwritten addition reads "Or 20% added."

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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