In a coup d’etat that ought to make any millionaire giddy, Henry Blodget, Business Insider
millionaire publisher has managed to convince Bathazar restaurant to fire its bathroom attendants.
The ‘suggestion’ came whilst Henry Blodget came to have breakfast with Gawker‘s Nick Denton who noticed the awkward presence of bathroom attendants.
Thinking that it would be swell to blog about the inconvenience of having someone fawn over you whilst using the bathroom, Henry Blodget’s raison d’être was so compelling that he was in fact able to convince Balthazar owner, and fellow millionaire, Keith McNally (who like Denton is also a millionaire) to agree to let go of the bathroom attendants.
Blogged Blodget: “The bosses at Balthazar, for reasons that mystify me, have a longstanding practice of making some poor guy stand in the small men’s bathroom in a tuxedo and provide “services” to Balthazar clientele who use the bathroom,”
“I suppose it is possible that there are some Balthazar clients who actually regard this as something positive or helpful – the mark of a fine establishment. But, wow, am I not one of those clients.”
“I am hereby appealing not just to the bosses at Balthazar, but to restaurateurs and hoteliers all over the world, to eliminate it,”
Contacted by Foster Kamer of First We Feast to get a heads up, McNally went on to tell: “I completely agree with it and will, in the next few weeks, relieve the restaurant’s bathroom attendants of their duties.”
“They’re extremely loyal employees who, perhaps surprisingly, love their jobs. But Henry Blodget – despite his dubious business ethics – has a good point and I happen to agree with it.
“Although I’m looking forward to standing at Balthazar’s urinal without another man staring at me I’ll very much miss my bathroom attendants. They’ve been absolutely wonderful people to work with.”
Which ought to be good news for those of us who wince at having to deal with bathroom attendants (especially those of us who are millionaires) but bad news for those of us who are forced to take on the low paying job to stay afloat.
And then there was this comment on the web that summed up the fxckery in a heart beat:
“I don’t care if I’m rich enough to have someone wipe my ass, I’m not going to let them.”
Sorry poor people, you’ll have to think of more clever ways to siphon rich people away from their money, cause Henry Blodget is finally onto you all….
** UPDATE: Since the story went on to create a shit storm and make a meal out of Henry Blodget, Mr Blodget has backed down and insisted that he meant that he only wanted the bathroom attendants to work as waiters instead.
In an effort to keep the attendants gainfully employed he will dine at Balthazar’s every day this upcoming week. No news though if the attendants are necessarily qualified waiters….or whether that actually matters in Mr Blodget’s case.
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