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O.J. Simpson Shown The Door At Louisville Steakhouse

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If you're in Louisville I recommend that you patronize Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse. Why? As Angie Fenton reports in The Courier-Journal, Ruby refused to serve double-murdering O.J. Simpson and his dinner party on the eve of the Kentucky Derby.

Told by a customer that the former football player had arrived at the restaurant, 325 W. Main St., Ruby said, he informed Simpson, "I am not serving you."


"He had a party of 10 or 12 people," said Ruby, who had served Simpson many times at his Cincinnati restaurants before the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman, of which Simpson was acquitted.

Ruby was offended by the attempted publishing last fall of Simpson's book, "O.J. Simpson: If I Did It, Here's How It Happened," and the television interviews scheduled to go with it, all of which were canceled after negative public reaction.

"He continues to torture the lives of the families whose lives he's ruined," said Ruby, who pointed out that Simpson has not paid the $33.5 million he owes the Goldman family after being found "criminally liable" in a civil suit.

"This was the only thing I could do for the victims' families," said Ruby. He said the 50 or so people in the private room where Simpson had been seated "stood up and applauded me" when Simpson left.

Good for him...

Of course Simpson's lawyer is claiming racism, saying, "He screwed with the wrong guy, he really did."


Comments (37)

"He screwed with the wr... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

"He screwed with the wrong guy, he really did."

Yeah, he better watch his back, or he might find a steak knife in it...

Bring in the ACLU...... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

Bring in the ACLU...

A question of law: if a pr... (Below threshold)
goddessoftheclassroom:

A question of law: if a private (as opposed to a government-connected) business DID discriminate against someone for race (and no one with a brain could accuse this restaurant of doing so), is there actually any penalty other than public shame?

I would love it if every non-white customer there came forward with his or her receipt...

If there was even one other... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

If there was even one other black patron - it wouldn't be possible to claim racism.

A business has the right to... (Below threshold)

A business has the right to refuse to do business with anyone it chooses. This lawsuit will go nowhere and will probably go the way of OJ's book deal after the public responds.

"This was the only thing... (Below threshold)
Carl:

"This was the only thing I could do for the victims' families," said Ruby. He said the 50 or so people in the private room where Simpson had been seated "stood up and applauded me" when Simpson left.

Simpson is so arrogant he probably thought the applause was for him.

Heh. The restaura... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Heh.

The restaurant owner should sue Simpson, on the grounds that Simpson's presence damaged the restaurant's reputation and spoiled the enjoyment of the patrons.

Oh wait, that's right. OJ has no funds to pay his debts, but he somehow has retained a pet shark to sue people for him.

What a piece of work.

Good for him.... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Good for him.

Watch that restaurant's pat... (Below threshold)

Watch that restaurant's patronage zoom UP, UP, UP! And it should.

This world suffers from a lack of people who do the right thing just because it is the right thing to do - and Mr. Ruby did it!

Of course Simpson'... (Below threshold)
langtry:
Of course Simpson's lawyer is claiming racism, saying, "He screwed with the wrong guy, he really did."
Gee. Way to all but admit your client is a violent, nefarious creature no rational person would want to spend time with, let alone allow to mix with your restaurant's patrons. That asshat could use a few lessons in how not to employ P.R. to your client's advantage.

Otherwise, what Gayle Miller said.

If I ever go back to Louisv... (Below threshold)
Farmer Joe:

If I ever go back to Louisville (which I would definitely do if I had the opportunity - I had a lot of fun the one time I was there), I'll be sure to go get me a steak.

It's very nice to see that ... (Below threshold)
Clay Starin:

It's very nice to see that someone finely had the balls to stand his grounds as to what he think is right.This man has high standards and is not affaid to stand his grounds fo what he beleives in..

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Clarence Hanley:

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According to reports Michae... (Below threshold)
Daniel:

According to reports Michael Jordan's party of 30 took the table when OJ Simpson left. Sure sounds like racism ;-)

Even though I can't stand t... (Below threshold)
Juice Haters:

Even though I can't stand to see him throw away time with some ugly dumb blonde, if he wasn't disturbing the peace, leave him alone. There probably were child molestors and wife beaters sitting right next to each other but that's okay. Instead of concentrating on O.J., enjoy your meal and life and let him live his the way he wants to and let the "higer power" judge him not MAN. You all get on my last DAMN nerve about O.J. - you draw more attention that you think we you behave the way you are and the way the owner did. Yep, he got the attention because you made it possible. Thanks on behalf of O.J. Dumb F!

"let him live his the way h... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

"let him live his the way he wants to"

You mean, living his life committing heinous crimes the way he wants to? Yeah, that makes sense. You're an idiot.

Juice Haters, you seem to b... (Below threshold)

Juice Haters, you seem to be missing a very important point. I'm not a lawyer nor an economist (I'm a professional geek), nor do I play a lawyer or economist on TV, but I'll try to explain.

A business transaction is an agreement between two parties, the seller and the buyer. Either one can refuse to do business with the other, and there is no crime there. Modern commerce tends to hide this, but it is still there. When you go to your local grocery store, they are the seller and you are the buyer, for example.

In this instance, the seller (the restaurant) decided it did not with to pursue a business transaction with a potential buyer (I emphasize potential because once an agreement has been entered into, certain legal requirements start to come into play). They have the right to do this, and there's very little OJ can do about it, except whine like a two-year-old who doesn't get the shiny fire truck he saw on TV.

Didn't another place (owned... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Didn't another place (owned by a Vietnam Vet) do the same to a traitor by the name of Hanoi Jane Fonda and would do the same to Hanoi John Kerry?

A business has the right... (Below threshold)
Brian:

A business has the right to refuse to do business with anyone it chooses.

Oh, jeez. This is how people get false information. When you don't have a clue what you're talking about, try keeping quiet.

Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title II:


Sec. 201. (a) All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, as defined in this section, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.
...
(2) any restaurant, cafeteria, lunchroom, lunch counter, soda fountain, or other facility principally engaged in selling food for consumption on the premises, including, but not limited to, any such facility located on the premises of any retail establishment; or any gasoline station;
...

Fine, Brian, show me proof ... (Below threshold)

Fine, Brian, show me proof that no black person has ever been served at this particular restaurant.

But then, reading comprehension has never been your strong point, has it? That point was dealt with in the fourth comment.

Wow, way to divert attentio... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Wow, way to divert attention away from your comment!

I never said the restaurant owner was guilty of racism. In fact, from the apparent facts, he is not. As clearly indicated by the excerpt I cited, I was responding to your baseless and incorrect generalization. Which, by the way, was the fifth comment.

I wonder if Simpson was loo... (Below threshold)
Carl:

I wonder if Simpson was looking for the real killer at the restaurant?

I thought OJ was "found not... (Below threshold)
battle:

I thought OJ was "found not guilty" oh but thats right he's the black guy who had money. Thanks justice system, didn't he get tried twice for same crime,,, things that make you go hmmmm

Wow, way to divert atten... (Below threshold)

Wow, way to divert attention away from your comment!

I could say the same thing about you!

Bottom line, there is absolutely no way that a racism charge will stick here, and that issue has already been thoroughly discussed, so I did not feel it necessary to discuss it myself.

The owner of the steak join... (Below threshold)
steve-o:

The owner of the steak joint has all the rights in the world to refuse service to "Slasher"!
Why more owners of establishments aren't doing just as this man has done bewilders me.
Simpson knows that he should be rotting in a cell next to Scott Peterson and Richard Davis.
Someone at the golf course should beat this
f**ker to death with their seven iron!

Regardless of O.J.'s trial ... (Below threshold)
Todd:

Regardless of O.J.'s trial verdict, the book he wrote was done in extremely bad taste. Thank God it was stopped. I feel the current negative feelings towards O.J. are well deserved. I agree that he should not recieve celebrity status anywhere he goes for his actions. Go Jeff Ruby!!!

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Ah!What a great stor... (Below threshold)
mullet_man:

Ah!
What a great story. See everyone, this Jeff Ruby guy is setting a perfect example for the American people. Since the mental disorder you may know as liberalism had depleted the majority of the general American population's intelligence, people like this are hard to come by. If only there were more people with plain common sence like Jeff.
Just remember people, O.J. DID IT!

I think that this is really... (Below threshold)
Mr.Waffles:

I think that this is really wrong, OJ didnt do anything wrong at the steakhouse. Either way, its a profit no matter who you serve. But, if he didnt want to serve him, that was his choice.
Plus, claiming racism is too much. I pretty sure that racism had nothing to do with it...

Mr. Ruby,Right on ... (Below threshold)
Eunice-B:

Mr. Ruby,

Right on brother! The next time I'm in Louisville I'll make it a point to dine at your place.

Those of us that remember the circumstances surrounding this farce now realize that the trial was bungled to later establish a precedent for circumventing the double jeopardy clause of the US Constitution-nothing more.

Mr. Ruby,Right on ... (Below threshold)
Eunice-B:

Mr. Ruby,

Right on brother! The next time I'm in Louisville I'll make it a point to dine at your place.

Those of us that remember the circumstances surrounding this farce now realize that the trial was bungled to later establish a precedent for circumventing the double jeopardy clause of the US Constitution-nothing more.

Mr. Ruby,Right on ... (Below threshold)
Eunice-B:

Mr. Ruby,

Right on brother! The next time I'm in Louisville I'll make it a point to dine at your place.

Those of us that remember the circumstances surrounding this farce now realize that the trial was bungled to later establish a precedent for circumventing the double jeopardy clause of the US Constitution-nothing more.

finally someone with enough... (Below threshold)
D.R.W.J.:

finally someone with enough balls to treat the lowlife murderer like he should be treated. every business establishment in the world should follow suit and let the scumbag know how the world feels about him. he repulse's everyone who see's his face.lets make his year's on earth as miserable as possible.

HELL YOU HAD BETTER CALL AL... (Below threshold)
DAN K:

HELL YOU HAD BETTER CALL AL AND JESSE, SOUNDS LIKE RACISM TO ME...HAHAHA WHAT A JOKE, I OWN TO RESTAURANTS AND WOULD ASK HIM TO HIT THE ROAD TOO...WAY TO GO MR.RUDY...DAN

I am glad to see someone wi... (Below threshold)
richard van sant:

I am glad to see someone with balls! Way to go and I will make a trip to your steakhouse whenever I am in Louisville.

"Bring in the A.C.L.U...." ... (Below threshold)
Tony H:

"Bring in the A.C.L.U...." Bring it on; who cares...What a worthless organization incapable of standing on principle...It wouldn't surprise me a bit if they backed the murderer whom 90% of the American people know is guilty...A.C.L.U. alright; the Association of Clueless Liberal Underlings....

But what about his SON - Ja... (Below threshold)
Bobby Ewing:

But what about his SON - Jason L Simpson? This has some information that might make you go hmmmmm

http://www.jlaforums.com/viewtopic.php?p=8740565#8740565




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