Horrible Restaurant Accused of Hiding 'Ugly' Customers in the Back

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A disgruntled ex-hostess of a fancy-pants restaurant in Paris has come forward with the owner's discriminative seating policy for guests. She said that she was instructed to seat “handsome and beautiful” people up front, and keep the ugly customers in the back at Georges in the world famous Pompidou Centre.

She was told that it was "bad image" to have less attractive people on front-row display, and she would “land herself in trouble with management” if she didn’t comply.

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According to the source, her boss didn’t even try to be discreet with the looks-based discrimination. “He drummed these house rules into us, and he was very proud of them because he came up with them,” she claimed.

"There are beautiful people, you put them here. There are not-beautiful people, you put them there -- it's really not that complicated," she quoted him as saying.

She was even trained how to pick up on “linguistic clues” so that she could tell where to sit people when they called to make reservations.

Side note: I didn’t know that pretty people sounded different than ugly ones as a general rule.

If she couldn’t tell whether the caller was beautiful or not, she would tell them she’d do her best to find a table and make a judgment call when they showed up.

The exception to the rule, of course, was for celebrities. Ugly celebrities were allowed to sit in full view of the public. Because fame has its advantages you know.

The restaurant’s ownership group would neither deny nor confirm such a policy when contacted for comment.

Maybe there’s a cliché about the French being snooty for a reason.

Would you eat at Georges?


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Todd Vrancic

Probably not, but that's because I don't see myself going to Paris in the future, near or otherwise.

Eddie... EddiesMama1983

Who'd want to eat crappy French food anyway?

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

I've never been to France, but it certainly does have a reputation.... Not sure I'd want to go there anyway lol


Resturants with parking always put the fancy cars in the front of the lot. The parking lot has now moved into the resturant itself! Sacre bleu!

nonmember avatar American Expat

It happens a lot in the US, if none of the commenters here claim it doesn't, they have never even once been called or told they are ugly, simple as that. Having a disgusting ugly face, so I am told all the time, I get blatantly openly discriminated against high-end establishments, even when I go there wearing a two grand suit and flash a wad of $100 bills. An american airline even once tried denying me boarding even though I paid full-fare for a first class seat, because the stupid boarding agent feared my ugly face would scare away repeat customers lol. Luckily for me the senior manager herself, having common cause lol, stopped that and offered me vouchers for free flights in the future.

nonmember avatar jimena

I'd totally eat there, that restaurateur is a great marketer

nonmember avatar The Dude

Depends where they seat me.

momma... mommag0ddess

Id eat there I know id be in front lol 

IHear... IHeartCake

Dear Jenny Erikson, You are just as bad as this restaurant owner for using the word "ugly" to describe people in your side note.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Way to stoop to his level and pretend to feel outraged, though. 

Of course, this doesn't surprise me.  Restaurant owners in Europe treat their employees poorly, from what I have seen, and they don't care much for the customers, either.  They just see Euro signs.

nonmember avatar Lord K

LOL I don't think so, mommag0ddess.

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