Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello Lets Loose On Seattle Restaurant
It seems that Rage Against the Machine guitarist, activist, Bruce Springsteen sideman and all around baseball cap wearing guy, Tom Morello, has taken to the Twittersphere to express his outrage over a place called the 5 Point Cafe in Seattle, where he didn't receive the special treatment he wanted.
He then accused the place of being "antiworker." It seems, however, this rage against the cafe stems from less noble roots. According to Loudwire, Morello had just wrapped up a performance at a benefit concert for '15 Now,' the group that battled to raise the minimum wage in Seattle. After his gig, he and his hangers on allegedly sought special treatment, looking for a "special room" at the Cafe.
The doorman informed Morello and friends that there was nothing he could do since, according to the owner, the club was already at capacity, which resulted in the above tweet. The Cafe's owner, David Meinert, refused to take this quietly, and posted a reply to the raging one.
"For the record, Tom Morello, The 5 Point is totally pro worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share. Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it's usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick," Meinert tweeted.
He continued, "I have to say, your attacking a small business without knowing anything about it, or addressing your problem with them directly before you go on a public rant, pretty much sucks. Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I've been a fan for years, both of your work in RAGE and your work for workers rights since."
Morello eventually replied:
Judging from the replies, support seems largely in favor of the Five Point Cafe, and it appears Meinert had the last laugh here. "I'm the owner of The 5 Point and have worked to raise the minimum wage in Seattle and support the same nationally, worked to get paid sick days law in Seattle, and am supporting a city-sponsored retirement plan for employees of small businesses. I hope you do the same for your employees on the road," he tweeted before finally adding, "P.S.: Rock stars don't get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn't give less of a s--t. Sorry."