Jeff Ruby, a man who did not let a business opportunity or dubious celebrity get in the way of his own moral values, scored a touchdown, when he refused to serve O.J. Simpson and his party of sycophants in his restaurant last week.
As reported by the Associated Press, on Friday, May5, the evening of the Kentucky Derby, at Ruby’s restaurant, Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Ruby
said Simpson, who was in town for the Derby on Saturday, came in with a group of about 12 Friday night and was seated at a table in the back. A customer came up to Ruby and was “giddy” about seeing Simpson, Ruby said.
“I didn’t want that experience in my restaurant,” Ruby said, later adding that seeing Simpson get so much attention “makes me sick to my stomach.”
He said he went to Simpson’s table and said, “I’m not serving you.” Ruby said when Simpson didn’t respond, he repeated himself and left the room.
Simpson and his party did leave the restaurant, and Ruby later related
“I didn’t want to serve him because of my convictions of what he’s done to those families,” Ruby, owner of Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “The way he continues to torture the lives of those families … with his behavior, attitude and conduct.”
Simpson’s mouthpiece, Yale Gallanter is reported to have threatened legal action against Ruby for discrimination in refusing service to Simpson. Not to worry, though, Fred Silverman has also reportedly promised that if Simpson ever won damages from Ruby, that he, Silverman, would seize the money awarded to Simpson (under the authority of his award against Simpson), and then return the money to Ruby.
Gallanter seemed to back away from his previous threats as reported today in the Louisville Courier-Journal, although he certainly is not discouraging local regulators from going after Ruby. Gallanter and Simpson would do well to let the whole issue drop, and skulk away, while Simpson might have swayed a star-struck jury and beat a murder rap, there are a hell of a lot of people in this world who have their own opinions of his character, and would not mind seeing Simpson humiliated and ostracized from decent, law abiding, society.
Sounds to us at BFD that justice is and will be served all around, and we salute Jeff Ruby for standing on his principals.
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