MANILA, Philippines — The Restaurant Association of the Philippines (RAP) announced today that they are banning former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima from entering any restaurants in the Philippines.
“Effective immediately, we are banning Mr. Purisima from entering any of the 300,000 dining establishments nationwide under our organization in order to avoid another confusing incident from happening again,” said Kenny McSanders, President of RAP.
According to the press release, on January 19, 2015, the then suspended PNP chief went into a restaurant and got into an altercation with a waiter after he was given the wrong menu item that he wanted.
“Mr. Purisima told the staff that he hasn’t given any order yet and was just giving an advice,” explained McSanders. “However, the staff, which we will not name, insisted that Purisima clearly stated that he wanted ‘burgers with fries’.”
“We all know the saying that ‘the customer is always right’, but in this case, he was definitely wrong,” he added.
The same incident happened again multiple times at different establishments where Purisima was given the wrong item after being mistaken as to ordering food.
“Clearly, something is wrong with this customer,” McSanders added. “That is why we decided to ban him in order to avoid further confusions in the future.”
To his defense, Purisima said that, “If ever I uttered words to that effect, it was in the form of an advice, not an order.”
“These dining establishments knows very well that they can’t and should not follow orders from a customer who is under preventive suspension as ordered by the Ombudsman.”
Stay tuned for further developments.