Restaurant Faces Investigation for Offering Church Discount

Todd Starnes, Fox News, July 5, 2012

A family-owned restaurant in Pennsylvania is under a state discrimination investigation for offering a ten percent discount for diners who present a church bulletin on Sundays.

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission confirmed there is an investigation against Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen in the town of Columbia. The complaint was filed by John Wolff, a retired electrical engineer.

“I did this not out of spite, but out of a feeling against the prevailing self-righteousness that stems from religion, particular in Lancaster County,” Wolff told the York Daily Record. “I don’t consider it an earth-shaking affair, but in this area in particular, we seem to have so many self-righteous religious people, so it just annoys me.”

According to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, a restaurant is classified as a public accommodation.  As such, restaurants are not allowed to discriminate based on religion—among other things.

Sharon Prudhomme, who owns the restaurant along with her husband, said she’s not discriminating against anybody—and plans on fighting the charges.

“What freaks me out is the state of Pennsylvania is basically agreeing with this guy,” Prudhomme told Fox News Radio. “We’re just a mom and pop. We’re not some big chain like the Olive Garden.”


Last Friday the restaurant was served with a 16-page complaint from the state of Pennsylvania—accusing her of discrimination.

“I’m an American,” Prudhomme said. “This is America. This is my business and we’re not breaking any laws.”

She said a representative from the state suggested that she should compromise and sign an agreement that she would offer discounts to any civic organization in the town.

“I said, ‘Wait a minute—you’re asking my husband and I to give anybody coming through my door a discount?’” she recounted. “They said yes.”


Prudhomme said that’s just not going to happen.


If the commission determines there’s enough evidence to support the complaint, it could be referred to a public hearing. Should the restaurant owners be found in violation, it’s unclear what penalty they might face.

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  • IstvanIN

    What is the difference between presenting a church bulletin and a coupon?

    PS: No lady, it ain’t your business or your hubby’s, nothing is in the private domain any more.

  • Only because the restaurant and church are white.  If the restaurant was a fried chicken joint and the church AME, no “human rights” investigation.

    BTW, aren’t human rights commissions the world’s worst violators of human rights?

    • The majority of cases filed with the Federal EEOC are sent to the State’s HRCs. Reports are made and forwarded to the feds. Now this may be a locally originated complaint within the state but my point is that in the state HRCs seem to me to be staffed with extremists. A while back the HRC in the State of Florida was managed by a black man from British Guyana. He would have done obama proud. We were never allowed to know his background, where or if he went to college or if he had a criminal past as was rumored. Interesting enough, this man wasn’t even a US citizen for most of the time he was employed. He hated white people but was clever enough to hide it well from most. And he hired mainly liberal white women, seemingly those he could manipulate. In a prior position he was given a senior managment position where he was found to have hired a relative that was living 1000 miles away from his supposed duty station. It was found also that the relative was attending college and had one of the most expensive laptops assigned to him.

      In my opinion and official experience, I believe these HRCs act as a Kangaroo Court and are dangerous if not taken seriously. I have tinkered with the idea of filing Freedom of Information requests to get at their files and outcome data. And we should do this for each state. Without the oversight, they are dangerous committees of the gulllotine. 

      But in my book you have set it just right, these people are like little dictators run amock with penal codes to punish white people, especially white males.

      •   Now this may be a locally originated complaint within the state but my
        point is that in the state HRCs seem to me to be staffed with

        The answer to that riddle is really simple.  Why does the public school system promulgate socialist ideologies as a general tendency?  Because an organization is true to its principles.

        “Human Rights” tribunals and commissions are chock full of left-wing extremists because “human rights” is a loaded leftist term that means almost nothing like its literal facial meaning.  I’ll put it to you this way:  “Human rights” humans would disapprove of language found in the first ten amendments to the Constitution if it didn’t exist and was proposed today.

        Think:  Obama blabbering on about “negative liberties” (“government shall not…A, B, C…) and “positive liberties” (people have a “right” to health care, education, self-esteem counselors, condoms with the lube, to be free of “harassment,” It’s Free Swipe Yo EBT, etc.)

        • It’s getting scary. “Civil Rights” and “Human Rights” sound so moral and positive, but it’s really a back door to totalitarianism. 

          • robinbishop34

            I think the name of any movement or piece of legislation has a huge psychological effect on the left’s constituency.

            Who wants to say they’re against the ‘affordable health care act,’ or the ‘jobs bill?’ The names alone make people feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Unfortunately that’s all it really takes.

          • And I really can’t envision a peaceful, at the ballot box end to this madness. I would like to but I think we have generally underestimated the “enemy”. Other than the buffoons that we see on the Tonight Show, interviewed by Leno that can’t answer when the Dec of Ind was signed, the rest are quite large in number and want this mess, eg obama’s standing at 47% support. These leftists will either need to be purged one day or we will be on our knees as slaves in reality. And now they are turning what was our government- the police, the military, the courts, the everyday bureaucrats, the teachers, the fireman, all against liberty and our traditional America. Those big things they have done, gained control of our structures, it is now time to “manage” the little mom and pop business, the last of our freedoms- the right to work for oneself.

  • Vil

     “God”, another atheist… Sorry, but there is hardly anything more pathetic than an atheist. They seem to find anything that is in any way related to religion a personal insult and want to destroy it and anyone associated with it. Guess they have nothing better to do with their life.
    I am an apatheist and simply don´t care whether there is a god or not. If you believe in god, fine. If not, fine as well. No need to talk to me about your beliefs and I won´t talk to you about mine.

  • JackKrak

    Aha, so THAT’S why nothing can be done about the constant race crime in Filthadelphia – the vigilant keepers of the peace in PA are too busy cracking down on the REAL scandal of working people trying to get business through the doors. Keep up the good work, PA!!!!

  • B

    Lets print half our currency with “In no god we trust” and see if the religious folks object.
    To offer a discount to people based upon religion is indeed discrimination and should have no place in our commerce. I bet if the restaurant only gave discounts to avowed atheists the theists would complain about it as well.

    • Ni123

       ‘is indeed discrimination”

      Wait a second. The restaurant is a privately owned enterprise. The owners have the right to implement their own policies, and they did not do anything unlawful. As far as I am concerned in this country we have the freedom of religion, one can choose to believe in God or to be an atheist. And it’s up to the restaurant owner if he wants to recognize people who have the same values as him. Looks like a dictatorship to me.

      • IstvanIN

         We haven’t had the right to private business for 50 years now.

      • B

        Right, and they can still have whites only lunch counters too in a “privately owned enterprise”.  What rock have you been under for the past 60 years?

        • Ni123

           “whites only”

          Interesting connection. What’s the next “logical” association? Hitler?

          • The__Bobster

            We have a live one here. Is it time to start the drinking game yet?

          • You can.  I’m out of alcohol after this past weekend.
            But we blew through Godwin’s Law rather early in the thread.

          • B

            And I found your connection between private owned business and the right to discriminate “interesting” as well.

          • Ni123

            “… the right to discriminate..”

            What about coupons, 20% off cards, online  rebates, senior discounts, kids under 5 admission discounts, first-come-first-served, AAA discounts, etc?

          • haroldcrews

            There’s also lady’s night at your local bar or club.

          • IstvanIN

             The fact remains “B” is that you do not believe in property rights. 

          • Ooh, wonderful. We needed a new expert on socialism/communism. The last one didn’t work out. And we fired him! LOL 

        • The__Bobster

          I’m going to attend “Cow Appreciation Day”.

          Do people who don’t wear the cow costume have a right to sue? I mean, Punjabs might be offended at the whole concept.

    • Dan

      Denny’s and many other chain restaurants offer discounts to people 55 and older. I never hear younger people snivel and whine about that.

      • The__Bobster

        How about ladies nights? Why do we have to do all the paying?

        •  Because men want sex all the time.  Women only want sex when they want sex.

          • The__Bobster

            I asked the question because “B” thinks that discounts can’t be offered to certain groups. Well, bar owners think that the presence of women is good for business and I don’t recall them ever being sued.

  • IstvanIN

    This has nothing to do with God or some stupid atheist, it has everything to do with not having the freedom of association and the right to do with private property what you will.

    • B

      It’s no longer considered just private property when used for public commerce. If you want to favor friends at your private house party based on their religious beliefs no problem.

      • haroldcrews

        Why, because the government says so?  It takes two to be engaged in commerce.  If the business is subject to regulation then logically so should the consumer.  The asymmetrical application of a moral or ethical rule requires extraordinary justification.

        Besides it’s not a matter of whether there is discrimination or no discrimination it is a question of what forms of discrimination will be permitted or even required by the government.

      • IstvanIN

         If that lady owns a business it should be considered private property.  Just because our jack booted government took away our freedom of association doesn’t make it right.  Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin took away private property rights, too.

      • The__Bobster
        • B

          Rather it says a lot more about you.

  • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

    We can all theorize as to what would happen if this involved a mosque or an AME church, but other than that I’m having a hard time seeing why this is on AmRen.

  • 1proactive2

    Too bad the state political bulls don’t go after criminals in Philly as aggressively as they do people who are peaceful. 

  • I got a suggestion for the atheist. Meet on sundays and put out a “church” bulletin and you would get the discount.

    • haroldcrews

      Heck my parish uploads its weekly bulletin on the webpage.  All you’d have to do is print it out.  If the restaurant doesn’t like that just swing by between services or masses and pick up a bulletin.

  • Natassia

    No one has a constitutional right to a restaurant discount. Nite clubs offer discounts and free drinks to women all the time, and they don’t get sued for sex discrimination.

    • IstvanIN

       Car washes have lady’s days and some department stores have senior discount days.  How are they legal?

    •  I’ve read a few stories about men (i.e. losers with no life) suing clubs for ladies nights, but their suits are never successful.  That’s probably because the judge takes one look at the plaintiffs who file these suits and starts laughing hysterically to the point of incontinence.

  • Robert11110

    Seniors, military and college students get discounts at movie theatres, restaurants and other businesses and this is discrimination that’s perfectly legal.  So what is the difference here?  If there’s any discriminationto be found it’s against Christian owned businesses.  If your an athiest with an axe to grind against the church, probably because of some kind of lifestyle choices you’ve made, don’t eat there. 

  • Thank the Civil Rights movement. 

    • JohnEngelman

      The civil rights legislation prohibited discrimination against, not discrimination in favor of. 

    • anarchyst

      You mean “civil rights (for some)” . . . “civil rights” protections do not apply to whites.  Only enforcement against whites applies . . .
      Best regards . . .

  • IstvanIN

     She shouldn’t, in a free society, have to serve people of color either.

  • robinbishop34

    Mr. Wolff and the ACLU may better described as a secular fundamentalists. Pro-active s–t disturbers.

  • The__Bobster

    Philly is full of unlicensed “clubs” that serve only Bantus.

  • MartelC

    yes he just wants to cause trouble, but 50 year ago he would just be the village idiot, now  he gets a lawsuit.

  • MartelC

    I don’t consider it an earth-shaking affair, but in this area in particular, we seem to have so many self-righteous religious people, so it just annoys me.””So he admits he is doing it out of spite.  A generation ago, he would just be the village idiot, the crank who never grew up, now he’s got a lawsuit and a newstory. PS i am not a fan of Freud but anyone else feel that ‘self righteous’ is a bit of projection here? 

  • A bank in St. Louis offered interest rate discounts to churches seeking loans for capital projects, and advertised that on local conservative Christian talk radio.  I don’t think they were ever sued for that.

  • Sheila Dinehart

    How can there be any question about what should happen to these people under our present regime?

    There heads on a pike of course.

    After their property is conficatedby government and given to the oppressed peoples , they are whipped in public, all previous customers are rounded up and imprisoned, and those who got a discount? Death!  What do they think they are anyhow?  FREE or something? 

    After all isn’t that what happened during and after the French Revolution…by the tolerance that would not tolerate… 

  • anarchyst

    I’ll bet John Wolff is jewish . . . they seem to get their knickers in a pinch when they see Christian symbols in public . . .