Karen's Diner forced to apologize after waiter 'insults' 14-year-old girl by calling her 'OnlyFans tart'
A restaurant that prides itself in berating its customers has now been forced to apologize after a family accused a waiter of crossing the line on rude behaviour for laughs. The eatery in Westfield Chermside Shopping Center is notorious for its waiters being deliberately rude to patrons, who are encouraged to retort with their own insults.
But Brisbane resident Stacey Howard was "disgusted" by a waiter's conduct, who took things too far while serving him and his family on Sunday, July 24. Howard alleged that the waiter serving his table hurled several sexual insults at his family that included calling him a "pedo" and accusing him of incest. The waiter reportedly also asked his 14-year-old daughter if she had an OnlyFans account and pretended to perform a sexual act at the table.
For those who don't know, OnlyFans is a subscription-based adult website where visitors pay money to access creators' private content, which is usually of a sexual nature. "My daughter was doing a Facebook Live and this young guy came up and said, 'Are you on OnlyFans, you tart? – Here's some content for you' and he pretended to w*** himself off and jizz on the table," Howard recounted to the Courier Mail.
The embattled father said the waiter didn't spare him either, calling him a "pedophile" and said he was "keeping it in the family." He explained, "My daughter sat on my lap because she was concerned and he said, 'What are you a pedo? Are you all having sex with each other?'"
Controversial interactive restaurant Karen's Diner has been forced to apologise to a family that was left shell-shocked following a “vulgar” dining experience https://t.co/0m3pDAV43f— The Courier-Mail (@couriermail) July 29, 2022
Howard and his family abruptly left the diner after feeling uncomfortable about the remarks. He said a seven-year-old boy dining at the restaurant was also called a "c***." The outraged father subsequently called the restaurant and demanded an apology. While Karen's Diner touts its "rude waiter service", the restaurant has a strict set of rules for customers and staff on its website. "No racism, no sexism, no homophobic comments, no body images comments, no ableist comments, do not touch our staff, and no sexual remarks towards staff members," their website warns.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, a Karen's Diner spokeswoman said they "wholeheartedly" apologized to the family and said the incident was being investigated. "This incident was raised to us directly and we are currently conducting a thorough investigation," she said. "As a venue, we are all about offering a fun experience for all patrons. We have strict guidelines in place for both staff and customers, so we were really disappointed to learn of this incident that occurred on Sunday."
According to the spokeswoman, the restaurant had a "thorough" vetting and training program for its staff. "The actions of this particular staff member are inexcusable and are against everything we believe in as a brand," she insisted, adding, "We are putting tighter training protocols in place immediately to ensure something like this never happens again."