Hey everybody! I am so mad I could chew nails. Along with another teacher, I am taking 30-40 minority high school students on a field trip to a local art museum and then to lunch at a nearby McDonalds. We have been to this McDonalds several times without incident. In fact, once or twice, the manager commented on how well behaved everyone was and once even GAVE a student extra food because he was so happy that everyone was so well-behaved. So today, as a courtesy, I decided to go to the McDonalds and give the manager a heads up about tomorrow so that he could put on some extra fries and nuggets and otherwise be ready. I walk up to him, and tell him that I will be there about 12:15 tomorrow with 30-40 students. He grimaces, and said "Um, thats not good." I thought maybe he had another group of students coming in. I said what's the problem. He said that 30-40 students would clog up his dining room and then when his regular customers came in they would see all the students and leave. Incredulously, I said, so you are saying that you don't want the business of 30-40 students, and he said that's right. He suggested another McDonalds which would be very out of our way. He also suggested we split up the group into three groups of 10-15 each! I said we only have one bus! Once more I asked him to confirm that he didn't want our business, and he said yes and I left. On our transportation request forms, it specifically says that we are going to this McDonalds. I might have a problem with the bus company if we deviate from this plan. Also, if we don't go at all these kids will not have any lunch. Also, they are all counting on going to McDonalds (unfortunately, for most, lunch is the highlight of the day, not the art museum). I don't think its legal for him to turn anyone away, even a large group, as long as his dining room will hold them (especially since they have always been well behaved). Every time we have been there, there have been a few empty chairs left over, even with the customers who were already there. I think he might also remember us and know that we are bringing minority students. This McDonalds is in a slightly upper class town and we are from another town, not upper class. We choose this location because it is nearby, big enough for all the students and also because the parking lot is big enough for the bus to turn around in. My plan is thus: I am going to take them anyway. I am going to walk them in and then greet the manager. If he says anything, I am going to tell him that if he refuses service to this group of students, then I am going to get on my cell phone and call every tv station in the greater NYC area. I might call 911 too. I don't think it is legal what he is doing. What do you all think?