It was a shakedown for a good cause

It was 1993, I was waitressing at McManus, and trying to find sponsors for the AIDS walk. I remember looking down the bar at the line of ironworkers, cops, electricians, firefighters and union members, and I started to lose my nerve. (It’s never easy asking for money, and this was a tough crowd…!) Then my boss, Jamo McManus, (who was the first to sign my pledge sheet) went down the bar and asked every single man to pledge money to sponsor me, and they all did. It was a shakedown for a good cause.
Happy Pride everyone!! And McManus will be opening at 10:00 am tomorrow – stop in on your way to the parade!

~ Eileen, Cranky Waitress

Eileen O'Connor