Jane Fonda and Ted Turner Rebuffed at Montana Restaurant-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

The story claims that a caller to a radio station witnessed an encounter between Jane Fonda, her then husband Ted Turner, and a restaurant owner in Montana.
The couple arrived for dinner but was told that there was a 45-minute wait.
They called for the manager and asked him, “Do you know who I am?”
They asked for the owner and tried the same with him.
He is alleged to have told them that he was a Vietnam vet and that they were not welcome in his establishment.
The eRumor closes by identifying the name of the restaurant in which this is alleged to have happened.

The Truth:

This story has been circulating for quite a while and we have never found any identifying details or substantiation for it.

It circulated first without any identification of the restaurant in which it was supposed to have happened, but this version does name the restaurant.
We called the folks at
Sir Scott’s Oasis Steakhouse in Montana.
They said nothing of this nature ever happened there.

It’s constructed on a couple of known facts.
One is that Jane Fonda is viewed by many Americans, and especially many Vietnam veterans, as a traitor because of her controversial visit to North Vietnam during the war.
Another is that she has owned property in Montana.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

My kind of hero

This Restaurant owner is a hero

On America FM 100.7 (A local radio station) was doing one of their “Is anyone listening” bits this morning. This first one was, “Ever have a celebrity pull the ‘Do you know who I am’ routine?”

A woman called in and said that a few years back, while visiting her cattle rancher uncle in Billings, MT., they had occasion to go to dinner at a restaurant that does not take reservations. The wait was about 45 minutes. Lots of other rancher types and their spouses were already waiting. In comes Ted Turner and Jane Fonda. They want a table. The hostess says they’ll have to wait about 45 minutes.

Jane Fonda asks the hostess if she knows who she is. “Yes, but you’ll still have to wait 45 minutes.”

Then Jane says, “Is the manager in?”

The manager comes out, “May I help you?”

Do you know who I am?” ask both Jane and Ted.

“Yes, but these folks have all been waiting already and I can’t put you in ahead of them.”

Then Ted asks to speak to the owner The owner comes out. Jane again asks, “Do you know who I am?”

The owner says, “Yes, I do. Do you know who I am? I am the owner of this restaurant and a Vietnam Veteran.

Not only will you not get a table ahead of all of my friends and neighbors here, but you also will not be eating in my restaurant tonight or any other night. Good bye.”

 To all who received this email. This is a true story and the name of the steak house is

 Sir Scott’s Oasis Steakhouse 204 W Main, MANHATTAN, MT 59741 (406) 284-6929

 The story left out one important part. The owner of the restaurant told Ted Turner that

 he was a Vietnam Vet and that he (Ted) would be welcome in his restaurant but Ted

 would have to get that bitch traitor out of his establishment because he would not serve

 her under any circumstances. I live part of the year in West Yellowstone, MT and eat

 from time to time at the Oasis.


 Keep passing this on. We never forget the unprosecuted traitor! And let’s not forget

 what “our gal” Hillary said to the troops in Iraq!!! “This war has no support from the

 American public” !!!!!

Only in America, what a great country!