Irish student fails to recognise country’s PM, makes him wait for restaurant table
Emma Kelly did not recognise Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s Taoiseach when he came to the Chicago restaurant she was waitressing in.world Updated: Aug 16, 2017 19:01 IST
It’s the kind of story 20-year-old Irish Emma Kelly can tell around the dinner table for years. The time she failed to recognise her country’s prime minister and made him wait 20 minutes for a table at a restaurant.
Kelly, a student from Dublin who’s working as a waitress in Chicago on a visa, did not recognise Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s ‘Taoiseach’, or prime minister. She first asked Varadkar if he was Irish and then asked his friend and him to wait at the bar before leading them to a ‘tiny table’ at the restaurant.
Kelly realised her mistake when her friend pointed out that it was Varadkar, who is of Indian origin, sitting in the restaurant and took to Twitter to narrate the entire embarrassing story.
Leo varadkar comes into our restaurant in Chicago, first I ask is he Irish then I put him on a wait list and then I put him at a tiny table— Emma Kelly (@__Emmax3) August 14, 2017
Honestly what is wrong with me— Emma Kelly (@__Emmax3) August 14, 2017
Speaking to RTÉ Radio later, Kelly said she had not expected to see an Irish politician at the restaurant. She said that she was “very embarassed” and had apologised to the Taoiseach before moving his party to a bigger table.
Painfully awkward pic of us and Leo when I realised it was the Taoiseach pic.twitter.com/7zxs4ugAW1— Emma Kelly (@__Emmax3) August 14, 2017
For his part, the half-Indian half-Irish Varadkar, Ireland’s first openly gay prime minister, did not raise a fuss at all. “He was like, ‘no, it’s kind of nice to feel like a normal person again’,” Kelly told RTÉ Radio.
Varadkar had a gracious response to Kelly’s tweet.
Thanks Emma. The food & service was gr8. Enjoy the rest of your J1— Leo Varadkar (@campaignforleo) August 14, 2017
First Published: Aug 16, 2017 14:42 IST