I received a recent email/invitation from Ted Nichols, Operating Partner of FATZ in Greer for a food tasting event for a new summer menu. I have never been to a FATZ so I wasn't really sure what to expect. My perception of the chain is just another Applebee's or Chili's. Also after receiving this I heard a rumor and read an article that FATZ is re-branding the now closed Woodruff location into a sports-bar concept called Tavern 24 and will be changing another upstate location to a fast food themed establishment to mirror Panera. This means that for the Upstate, we only have one FATZ location way the heck up on Wade Hampton in Greer and three run down locations in Spartanburg. Still intrigued...
As a valued member of the Blogger community, I'd like to extend to you the opportunity to be among a select group to participate in an exclusive preview of a sampling of our new Summer Menu.
This Private Menu Tasting is hosted by yours truly, Ted Nichols
FATZ leaders Chip Hoskins, SC Area Partner and
Stephen Loftis, VP of Marketing
Thursday, May 24
4:30PM – 6:00PM
at FATZ Greer
Register by May 4, 2012!
Ted Nichols, Operating Partner
1361 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. Ste. A
Greer, SC 29650
I must say that I was kind of excited to attend this event and was all registered and set to go. About a week prior to the event I was sent my final registration and confirmation along with a consent waiver form that I needed to sign. No biggie, right? I went ahead and finalized the registration and was all set to go. I'll be honest, I never read the waiver in the beginning, but as the day arrived, I decided I had better check out what I agreed too first. Well, now I was back on the invitation website to make them aware that I would not be attending, but the site was already shut down so I was a no-show.
Here is why I decided not to go:
2. Assumption of Risk. I fully comprehend and accept all of the risks associated with my participation in the Event including, without limitation, food sickness, injuries (e.g., without limitation, those arising out of self-inflicted accidents or mishaps, other participants and the like) and death.
This wasn't the only item on the waiver that was just wrong, but I won't bore you with the whole three page affidavit they sent. I find it strange and odd that you would need to sign away your life during a food tasting event. To me this just screams "we are so unsure of our food that we need to test it out on some Human Rats first"! Maybe I over-reacted, but it still made me feel uneasy about the whole thing. Honestly, is this what the world is coming too? Soon we will need to sign waivers releasing any and all accountability from any restaurant and/or business prior to receiving service.
What would have you done if you were invited to this event and had to sign your life away like this to sample some food?