Morton's Steakhouse slammed after asking cancer patient to remove hat


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Morton's Steakhouse slammed after asking cancer patient to remove hat

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Dec 18, 2013

A Morton's Steakhouse in Nashville is promising to make things right after an outrageous request went viral.

Robert Chambers was hosting a holiday party for his company at the restaurant. Chambers is battling cancer and his head gets cold.

After dinner, he put a beanie on his head, which was a violation of the restaurant's dress code. The staff at the restaurant told him he needed a doctor's note if he wanted to wear the hat in their restaurant.

According to Fox 17, the police were even called after Chambers wife and daughter became upset.

Several people who were with Chambers posted about the experience on Facebook and Yelp, and the story went viral. One witness account on Facebook has been shared more than 6,000 times.

Now, the restaurant is apologizing. It also took to Facebook to announce plans to donate $2,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Chambers' name.

However, many people have not accepted the apology and have commented they will never eat at the restaurant again, and that $2,000 is not a big enough donation to compensate for the incident.

Chambers says that he accepts the restaurant's apology. On his Facebook he wrote, "It's about empathy and how people are treated regardless of the situation."

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to