Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima has been banned from all restaurants in the Philippines after his order only turned in the form of an advice leaving the managers fearing for the future of their businesses.
Purisima would trigger confusions to the waiters and waitress when giving an order only to find out that the order was only a form of an advice.
According to So, What’s News?, the Restaurant Association of the Philippines (RAP) headed by Kenny McSanders, President of RAP, issued a statement that “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.”
So, What’s News? said, 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’.”
One of the restaurant managers who encountered Purisima in a dining establishment and who did not want to be named said the former official was ordering him out of business. He said: “Basically he just comes in and confuses out. We have put up with him for 6 months of confusions but I’ve had enough.”
“He is in such a hurry to make order only to find out that his order is only a form of advice. We are supposed to be a humble restaurant but he orders everything out of the menu before other people can give their orders. We just can’t keep doing this that his every order only turned into an advice. Every time he enters our restaurant, we start shaking because it’s an infinite order turned into a form of advice scenario.”
He said diners ordered once only and never complained but Purisima was different. He added: “We are not a Special Attraction Force, we’re a business. It’s our restaurant and we can tell people not to come back if we don’t want them to.”
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,” So, What’s News? said.
“These restaurants 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.”
The former official also said that the restaurant should honour his preventive suspension. He said: “They’ve only got small texts of list of menus and you can’t get enough to see the food’s name so I always go back for more advice.”
“I’ve been ordering there for a couple of months then suddenly the owner came to my table in front of all the customers and went absolutely mental. He said I always confused them and I was banned for life. I couldn’t believe it.”