For every Bing Crosby or Perry Como classic, it’s guaranteed the holidays will bring some fresh hell (dear God, is that Iron Maiden front man Paul Di’Anno covering … “White Christmas”?), but this diner is going to be in for a very long two weeks if he or she can’t handle legit Christmas music at dinner in early December:
The chef at where this happened — Michael Lugo, of Michael’s Tasting Room in St. Augustine — says he got annoyed after a server showed him a complaint scrawled on the backside of a check that brusquely read: “Christmas music was offensive. Consider playing ‘holiday’ music or less religious themed.” He posted a pic of it on Facebook with a note of his own asking why diners whose only job is writing several numbers and signing their name have suddenly become the absolute worst.
He tells First Coast News he’s actually cool with people complaining, but doesn’t think it’s fair to his staff: “Between social media and review sites I swear they are under constant pressure that someone is going to write something bad about us.” He says some of the music is Christian, sure, but he refuses to cater to anonymous guests who have “opinions about décor or opinions about Christmas music,” yet won’t tell anyone face-to-face. Future diners at Michael’s should prepare for a whole evening of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” ironically on loop.