A classic case of bad Decision-Making. Student priests in bar told: ‘Sorry gents – no fancy dress or stag dos’

Bad Decision-Making can be overcome.

Bad Decision-Making can be overcome.

Catholic archdiocese sees funny side as seminarians almost ejected from Cardiff pub in mix-up over their clothing. Bad Decision-Making can have hilarious consequences, but too often, the downside of making false assumptions is tragic. Using a simple process before pulling the trigger on consequent action of a decision is a must. This is true in life, in business and in politics. With the Decision-Making Pyramid, you can make it as simple or as complicated as circumstances allow.

Seven student Catholic priests wearing black clerical clothing were asked to leave a pub. The bar staff thought they were in fancy dress and on a stag party.

The seven seminarians had repaired to the City Arms pub in Cardiff to celebrate a colleague’s ordination. A  few pints of beer were pleasantly anticipated.  Bar staff however, were worried they were a bunch of lads likely to become lairy. They told them: “Sorry gents – we don’t do fancy dress or stag dos”.

The mistake was recognised and put right

The group failed to convince staff their outfits were genuine. They were about to try their luck at another of the Welsh capital’s watering holes. But staff finally realised they were telling the truth, and treated them to a round of drinks.

Matt Morgan, the assistant manager, apologised for the mistake. He said: “They were all dressed in their black and white clothes and the staff thought they were on a stag do.

“We do have quite a few issues on the weekends with parties wearing fancy dress so it is our policy to turn them away. I started to realise that they were quite serious and in the end we invited them in and gave them a free round of drinks.”

The group laughed about the mix-up, specially as one of the party was called the Rev Robert James. This is the name with one of the pub’s most popular ales – the Rev James.


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