After 11 years and one attempted spin-off, fans of The Office can find a little closure for one member of the Dunder Mifflin team and one of the nation’s finest eating establishments. Chili’s has decided to lift their ban on Pam Beesly Halpert and right a wrong that happened all those years ago during the “greatest Dundies ever.”
It all kicked off thanks to this tweet by Jenna Fischer on Monday:
Clearly, Chili’s is going to notice, especially since you know how tight their security is. It’s Chili’s, not some hole in the wall like Denny’s. But surprisingly, the restaurant was cool with it and referenced one of the lines from the show:
From there, it escalated to an official removal of the ban. Not only did Chili’s tweet it out, but it also included a full statement from Brinker International that absolved Pam of all crimes and allowed her to return to the restaurant.
Effective immediately, Chili’s® Grill & Bar has removed the longstanding ban on a Scranton, Pennsylvania woman who allegedly caused a disturbance during a company awards party held at a Chili’s near the Pennsylvania town of Scranton.
The woman, Pam Beesly Halpert, received a prestigious award for having the whitest sneakers in the company.
After thanking her shoes and coworkers, the woman declared, “I feel God in this Chili’s tonight.”
“After reviewing the good conduct of Pam, I have decided to lift the now 11-year ban,” said Kelli Valade, President of Chili’s. “Pam is an inspiration to many and we welcome her with open arms.”
Who knew that posting an image outside of a Chili’s would lead to a pop culture moment. Usually, it just leads to awkward family arguments and regrets. Fischer responded on Twitter, making it clear that there was likely a party at some Chili’s nearby tonight.
Chili’s, you have redeemed yourself. Now let’s see if we can do something about Ping, eh?