Earlier this week, a photo went viral of a sign on the door of a St. Louis, Missouri IHOP restaurant that read, “IHOP will not serve/seat guest with strong marijuana odor.” See below:
The photo has been shared over 14,000 and there have been tons of reactions on social media.
I don’t understand why it matters if someone comes in smelling like weed. Like, you’re still getting business, they’re still going to pay. What’s the big deal, @IHOP?
— Michelle Killmer (@parlerfranglais) March 7, 2018
I work for IHOP and can confirm that 98% of our servers would not care if you smelled like weed. We’d ask who you buy from😂
— thepanckeprince (@KalebParsley) March 7, 2018
IHOP has made their choice.
I no longer will eat pancakes at ANY ihop even though i won’t ever smell like weed.
— Rav (@Keetatay) March 7, 2018
TheCannabist.co reports the sign was posted a year ago. IHOP spokesperson Stephanie Peterson said in an email to the site, “I’m sure at the time someone at the restaurant had good intentions and was likely trying to honor a guest request. This is not system-wide or a policy and is outdated signage. The brand and our franchisees are all about welcoming guests in without judgement.”