Michael Landrum Posted April 15, 2006 Share Posted April 15, 2006 I am not a serious, responsible journalist like, say, those sassy Reliable Source gals, so I am only reporting an unverified anecdotal follow-up investigation of a report I saw on the news--Channel 9--the other night. As though there were not enough shame attatched to the Hilton name, the following seems to have occured: Fran O'Brien's Steakhouse, located in the 16th Street Hilton--The Capitol Hilton, I believe--has for quite a while sponsored every Friday night a Free Steak Dinner Night Out for injured and disabled Iraq War Vets from Walter Reed Hospital. At first the restaurant picked up the tab until the event grew so big it had to be underwritten by defense contractors. The Hilton is apparently not current-ADA compliant, and access to the restaurant involves a non-ADA escalator, which many of the Vets could not navigate. They therefore had to use the back SERVICE elevator to get to the restaurant. At one point these wounded war survivors began to complain about the affront to their dignity caused by the hotel's disregard for all disabled people, not just War Vets. Due to today's cowardly, cravenly and slavishly sanitized press, many people are not aware of the horrible, horrible aftermath of war injuries and just how much these people suffer to regain lives and dignity--but the great people at Fran O'Brien's do. And their Steak Dinners, unpublicized at their own request, do so so much to help restore those interrupted lives. After Fran O'Brien's management asked that the Hilton to correct this gross violation of decency by making the Hilton Hotel accessible to wounded and disabled people, they lost their lease. The Hilton claims that there is no link. They, however, do not directly claim that they also think we are stupid idiots who would believe anything. Do we as a society allow this to happen? Let's mobilize against this outrage. (No Segway jokes, this is serious). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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