DeFranco Elementary Honors Vets
The DeFranco Elementary School chorus sings in front of the White Table during a program to honor veterans held in Craig Paine Theater. The White Table is the title of a book by Mike Benny in which the table is used to memorialize fallen, missing or captured service members. (More photos tomorrow) (More photos below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
This DeFranco Elementary student reads from an essay about the White Table which is a symbolic gesture memorializing fallen, missing or captured service members. Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Cafe: 'We're not unfriendly, just northern'
The owner of a cafe has responded to critics who branded staff unfriendly by saying their surly disposition is because they are northerners.
The Temporary Measure tea room in Keswick, Cumbria, was criticized by some customers on TripAdvisor, who complained of unfriendly service.
But owner Emma Smalley defended the comments, mainly leveled at her "less than friendly" brother John, who also works there, reports the Daily Telegraph.
She said the 24-year-old simply did not possess a "sunny disposition" and described him as a "moody musician".
"Luckily we live in Britain, in particular the North, a place that still maintains a healthy respect for a good old fashioned surly disposition," she said.
Ironically, the Smalleys describe themselves on TripAdvisor, where the cafe is rated fifth out of 102 restaurants in Keswick, as having "a smile on our face and a twinkle in our eye".
In one review, a customer complained about the service from her brother, and wrote: "We won't be back because the proprietor made us feel so unwelcome."
And another posted: "Service with a smile it was not and I have noticed other reviews with similar comments."
But customers have also been posting their own responses to the critics on TripAdvisor.
One wrote: "When presented with an inane, idiotic and bouncy person who trills have "a nice day" in my as yet uncaffeinated face I have to resist the urge to chuck something large and solid at them.
"The lovely tranquility of the Temporary Measure is sought out by us when we come to Keswick. The food is wonderful, the chairs are squidgy and the cakes disappear in record time."
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