As with many places of business on the cusp of Christmas, Michael's Tasting Room in St. Augustine, Florida, has been adorned with holiday decorations and offering diners a helping of seasonally appropriate music.
But earlier this month, one restaurant customer was none too pleased with the tunes at the Tasting Room.
The individual left the following note on the back of a receipt for one of the restaurant's servers, WTLV-TV reported: "Christmas music was offensive. Consider playing 'holiday' music or less religious themed."
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Chef Michael Lugo was shocked.
“My server in concern had to show me that, and it was really like, 'What is going on in this world?'" Lugo told the station.
He then posted the note on his Facebook page — along with his five-word rebuttal: "Really...what's wrong with people."
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With that, Lugo's post has been making the social media rounds, and he's been getting support for not caving to progressively more strident declarations of political correctness.
"It's so sad that people try to take Christ out of Christmas," Jody Mathein replied to Lugo's post, WTLV said. "If they don't believe in Christ stay quiet and let those of us who know what the season is about enjoy it. I'm sure God is as proud of you as I am Michael."
Lugo noted that he took the issue to social media in order to protect his staff, the station said:
Thank you all for the support. I'm very comfortable with these situations, but the stress it puts on my staff is unfair. Between social media and review sites I swear they are under constant pressure that someone is going to write something bad about us. People no longer deal face to face, and feel it's their duty to tell everyone one else how bad you are. The crazy part is no longer is it regarding facts ... now it's opinions about decor or opinions about Christmas music ... what next how we look ... oh yeah I've seen that too.
For the chef, "it's all about celebration of family, celebration of gathering with friends and people, and it's a tradition," he told WTLV. "It's not about a religion. It's not about anything else. I am a Christian, but I don't push that as my agenda. I think that Christmas is Christmas."