There’s been much mention of bans in the headlines lately, but one longstanding ban affecting a fictional TV character from Scranton, Pennsylvania, has finally been lifted after more than a decade.
As fans of NBC’s sitcom hit “The Office” recall, Chili’s was the location of Dunder Mifflin branch manager Michael Scott’s (Steve Carell) presentation of his annual “Dundie Awards” ceremony during the season-two premiere.
In the 2006 episode, things get a little out of hand when receptionist Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) wound up having one or two (or maybe four or five) margaritas too many, winding up with her being banned for life from ever entering a Chili’s again.
While viewers may have forgotten about the ban, Fischer hasn’t, and tweeted a photo of herself outside a Chili’s restaurant in order to ask: “Should I try to go in?”
Demonstrating the power of social media, Fischer’s tweet wound up catching the eye of Chili’s management, who apparently felt that a decade has been long enough and lifted the ban, issuing an official statement regarding Ms. Beesly.
“Effective immediately, Chili’s Grill & Bar has removed the longstanding ban on a Scranton, Pennsylvania woman who allegedly caused a disturbance during a company awards party held at a Chili’s near the Pennsylvania town of Scranton,” reads the chain’s tongue-in-cheek announcement.
“The woman, Pam Beesly Halpert, received a prestigious award for having the whitest sneakers in the company. After thanking her shoes and coworkers, the woman declared, ‘I feel God in this Chili’s tonight,'” the statement continues.
“After reviewing the good conduct of Pam, I have decided to lift the now 11-year ban,” said Kelli Valade, President of Chili’s. “Pam is an inspiration to many and we welcome her with open arms.”
Following the ban’s lift, Fischer took to Twitter to celebrate; let’s hope she behaves herself this time in order to avoid getting banned a second time.