H/t to Sir Lawrence of Auster, the Washington Examiner, a sort of mainstream conservative/neocon aggregator with opinion, posts without comment a claim that restaurants are racist. Mainstream conservative writers are the kind of people who don’t ever work in food service, they are too good for that, so they think a study about racism- RACISM! published by black sociologists can be taken at face value.
Read the comments. I delivered pizzas for some years. Blacks tip poorly if at all. I was set up for a robbery by a black customer. I made the deliver and the woman was talking to a friend. She was a bit quiet and her friend (also black) asked “Is something wrong?” I thought nothing of it. I exit the building and go down the sidewalk to my car, and two black guys are standing there, not talking. I thought nothing of it. As I get to my car I hear somebody running up to me, and one of the black guys is on me, grabs me with his left hand and holds a knife up to my left side with his right hand and request my money.
The guy’s mother knew what was going to happen. I think this represents some kind of pattern of street robbery- wait for a victim, one guy follows and robs while the other waits in case the first guy has any trouble. I delivered a pizza to the backup guy some time later and he did tip me- a quarter.
If I was to give Paul Bedard credit, I would say he posted this knowing he would get a blizzard of outraged comments by people who had actually worked in restaurants, thus making the point that the study is obviously false. From what we have seen from mainstream/neoconservatives over the last few years, I don’t think I can do that. People like David Frum, Ross Douthat, and the NR crew want to show that they aren’t like the prole conservatives who work humble jobs, either their whole lives or while they are in school.