An Email from a Teacher at our school, PLEASE SUPPORT US ON THIS GUYS!!!!!
As many of you know, yesterday DMPS had a teacher in-service at the Convention Center downtown. A group of 8 teachers went to lunch at Legend’s on Court Avenue. One of the teachers in our group found a hair in her salad. We told our server, she rolled her eyes and said, “It is not my fault. I did not put it there.” We thought management would like to know. The manager told us that she didn’t have time to talk to us, but invited us to talk to the owner.
An angry man came out and introduced himself as the owner. He repeatedly stated the entire staff was stressed out because “all of these teachers keep showing up unannounced to eat”. He said if “anyone” lets him know of the Des Moines Public Schools in service next year he will be ready for us. We told him that would not be necessary for us, because we would not be coming back.
At that point he yelled, “Good! Get out! GET OUT! I don’t want any teachers here!” He walked back toward the kitchen. We turned to leave. We then heard him yelling “Buh-bye, Teachers! Buh-Bye! Don’t come back!” He then yelled, “Get out teachers! We don’t want you here! Go unionize!” “Hasta luego teachers! Hasta luego! GET OUT!”
*Mark Rodgers is listed as the owner of several area Legends Restaurants and Jimmy’s American Café. He is part owner of Fire Creek Inn. I plan to respect his “I don’t want any teachers here” proclamation. Additionally I will take every opportunity I have to help him keep his restaurants “teacher free”.
Please pass this on to other teachers, people who support teachers, and people who do not like to spend money to be publically berated by an out of control man.