A Mother's Day incident at the legendary Quincy Market eatery left one worker facing criminal charges, another quitting in tears and the restaurant facing possible disciplinary action by the Boston Licensing Board.
At a licensing-board hearing today, restaurant managers and waitresses acknowledged an oyster shucker routinely grabbed female employees, none of whom informed management - until Mother's Day, when police arrived to investigate a report the man had grabbed one waitress by the buttocks and then grabbed her again after she told him to stop and punched him at least twice.
Thom Dunn of Jamaica Plain recounts an evening in a local bar with one of those instant-friend strangers you feel awkward around when you see them in the light of day:
But in those hazy, drunken moments in the low, musty lighting of the bar, you'd swear we were the best of friends, and at the time, perhaps we were. So when I see him now, I can't help but feel some strange sense of camaraderie, fueled by nostalgia for nights that I hardly can remember.