By Philip Cosores
We’ve all been there. You get out of playing a benefit concert for increased minimum wage in the Pacific Northwest. You’re hungry. Your entourage is hungry. You go to this spot everyone knows about and is, thus, packed, and they say they can’t seat you and your party in the special back room. So, you vent with expletives over Twitter about the restaurant being “anti-worker” because that is the cause you just played a concert for and surely there is a correlation with them being too busy for you and you not getting preferential treatment at their food joint. Just another day, right?
Well, even if you can’t relate to the situation, the picture being painted by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello is not sitting well with a lot of people, as he lashed out against The 5 Point Cafe and, specifically, their door man over the weekend. This didn’t sit well with the owner of the establishment, as he responded with a lengthy explanation and condemnation via Facebook:
For the record Tom Morello – The 5 Point is totally pro-worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share. Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it’s usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a p—k = get treated like a p—k. I have to say, your attacking a small business without knowing anything about it, or addressing your problem with them directly before you go on a public rant, pretty much sucks. Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I’ve been a fan for years, both of your work in Rage and your work for workers rights since.
PS – rock stars don’t get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn’t give less of a s–t. Sorry.