Greg Piatek, an accountant living in Philadelphia says that a Manhattan bar, The Happiest Hour kicked him and his friends out after they complained about rude service by the bartender. At the time Piatek was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. Piatek claims he was told by the staff:
Anyone who supports Trump — or believes in what you believe — is not welcome here. And you need to leave right now because we won’t serve you.
Piatek decided to take the bar to court and sue for discrimination and that the incident “offended his sense of being American.” SPOILER ALERT: He lost.
On Wednesday a judge tossed out the lawsuit on the grounds that the law doesn’t protect against political discrimination. The bar’s lawyer also pointed out that, “supporting Trump is not a religion.”
A Trump supporter who sued a New York City bar for discrimination after he was thrown out for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat has lost his lawsuit: https://t.co/IeeEcYw2F7
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) April 26, 2018
This guy who supposedly got refused service at a bar because of his Trump hat sued the bar, arguing that wearing the hat was part of a religious belief because of 9/11. https://t.co/FATrUI87VF pic.twitter.com/wMoq2YidY7
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) April 26, 2018
Trump supporter sues NY bar after getting kicked out for wearing MAGA hat. Defense argued political beliefs are not protected under state and city discrimination laws, saying, “supporting Trump is not a religion”. His lawyer then tried to argue MAGA is a “spiritual belief” pic.twitter.com/7ZGdG3CTD9
— Ian Nawalinski (@ian_nawa) April 26, 2018
Our overly-litigious society: Guy sues bar that refused him service for being a Trump supporter, claiming it “offended his sense of being American,” and that wearing a MAGA hat is part of his spiritual beliefs.
— Joel (@JoelNihlean) April 25, 2018
There wasn’t a whole lot of sympathy swirling around Twitter.
Last week maga people say that Starbucks manager was right to want someone gone for being black and waiting there but now this guy was wronged for being thrown out because of political affiliation. LMAO pic.twitter.com/Be8TZjt0oE
— Cassandra (@Serial_Tragedy) April 26, 2018
— Cheryl Resist / Persist #Canada (@mini_bubbly) April 26, 2018
Guess that poor trumpflake is just gonna have to… pic.twitter.com/be7gQH4C6n
— ❄ blizzard_queen ❄ (@beckysterne) April 26, 2018
Trumpanzees just got boycotted?
— Lucifer Strange (@LuciferStrang3) April 26, 2018
No shoes, no shirt, Trump gear, no service.
— Robin (@RockinRobin129) April 26, 2018
There were some people who had concerns over the ruling.
This os reqlly dangerous ground we ate treading. I dont agree with this, and I hate donald.
— Bishop (@LBishop360) April 26, 2018
I will not allow Hillary Clinton supporters to infiltrate my workplace nice job NY keep censoring
— DNC I$ ©o®℗o®@ti℠ (@raffybafter) April 26, 2018
I don’t agree with this. It’s unethical. Bar should be closed down for that narrative and NY needs to change its law to something constitutional
— Thanos’s Gaunlet cleaner (@Apoybali) April 26, 2018
But others stepped in to explain the difference.
It’s really not that serious. The case was thrown out becuase he tried to argue that his political beliefs are a religious affiliation.
— Data Usage Daddy (@davidthomvs) April 26, 2018
If people kept their beliefs to themselves and ordered products off the menu there'd be no conflict. That's freedom.
Un-freedom is when you're unable to buy a wedding cake because of who it is you love, or when you're unable to tell a disruptive person to leave your bar.
— Wibberrrrrrr128 ️ ️ (@wibrr) April 26, 2018
Political affiliation isn't a protected class. It's as simple as that. If one wants to make the argument that it should be, that's another conversation. The judge's ruling in this case was the right call.
— Raul (@Rullys06) April 27, 2018
H/T: Twitter Moments