At some point between your childhood and today, chain restaurants like TGI Fridays decided to get rid of the flair they had their servers wear. What is flair? Well, remember all those silly buttons waiters and waitresses would wear? Those were called “pieces of flair,” and if you’re familiar with the movie Office Space there’s a great running gag about said flair as it pertains to Jennifer Aniston’s disinterest in wearing any.
It was a cute, relatable joke, and those of us familiar with eating in Fridays and places like it instantly connected with the reference, one of many quoted repeatedly by your coworkers whenever someone gets a little too tipsy during Friday happy hour. So in a rare case of a random gag in a movie inciting widespread change across an entire industry, Office Space director Mike Judge claims the flair gag actually inspired places like TGI Fridays to eliminate it altogether.
He tells Deadline, “About four years after Office Space came out, TGI Fridays got rid of all that (button) flair, because people would come in and make cracks about it. One of my ADs asked once at the restaurant why their flair was missing and they said they removed it because of that movie Office Space. So, maybe I made the world a better place.”
We’re not sure if the world is better off without flair (okay, maybe it is), but it’s definitely better off with Office Space. To this day the movie still serves as a great outlet for anyone who’s ever been dissatisfied with their job or their boss, and the jokes continue to hold up years later. Office Space may have been a movie the studio didn’t really want, but thankfully it’s gone on to become a movie all of us so desperately need.
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