Liberals are waging a war against supporters of President Donald Trump. A restaurant manager kicked out a customer who was wearing the president’s trademark Make America Great Again hat. However, he would immediately regret that bad decision.
Darin Hodge, a manager at the Stanley Park Teahouse in Vancouver, would not serve a customer wearing the hat until he took it off, which the customer said he would not do. In an emailed statement, Hodge told Global News that he does not regret his decision and would do it again.
“I stand by my decision to ask the patron to remove his hat. The MAGA hat has come to symbolize racism, bigotry, Islamaphobia, misogyny, white supremacy, homophobia. As a person with a strong moral backbone, I had to take a stand against this guest’s choice of headwear while in my former place of work,” Hodge said.
Eva Gates, who serves as the vice president of Human Resources for the Sequoia Group of Restaurants which owns the Teahouse, described Hodge as “a good person with a big heart and a right to his personal beliefs.” But, she said that Hodge was fired for violating the company’s “philosophy of tolerance.”
“A gentleman came in wearing a hat that was a Make America Great Again hat, and our manager went up to the gentleman and asked him to take off his hat, that he wouldn’t serve him with that hat on,” Gates said. “And the gentleman said that he had a right to wear that hat. And [the manager] refused to serve him if he wouldn’t take off his hat, and so the customer had to leave.”
“Sequoia does not support intolerance of any kind, and it is because of these principles that we cannot discriminate against someone based on their support for the current administration in the United States or any other bona fide political party,” she said.
David Brown, an employment and human rights attorney in Canada, said, “In most circumstances in Canada, there is nothing inherently wrong with terminating an employee, provided that the employee is not being discriminated against in some way that is protected under law.”
However, he warned that Hodge could have a case against the restaurant for wrongful termination. “He could certainly sue the Teahouse for wrongful dismissal, and in that circumstance, there would be a debate whether he was fired for cause or wrongfully dismissed.”
The incident occurred weeks after the owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia kicked out White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders because she did not want to serve a member of President Trump’s administration. The business has been closed since the incident, and fans and supporters of the president destroyed the restaurant’s rating on Yelp.
Stephanie Wilkinson, who is the owner of the restaurant who would not serve Sanders, resigned from her position as executive director of Main Street Lexington after the incident. “Considering the events of the past weekend, Stephanie felt it best that for the continued success of Main Street Lexington, she should step aside,” Elizabeth Outland Branner, the organization’s president, said in a statement.
Wilkinson defended her decision in a statement to The Washington Post. “I’m not a huge fan of confrontation,” she said. “I have a business, and I want the business to thrive. This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals.”
“I would have done the same thing again,” Wilkinson said. “We just felt there are moments in time when people need to live their convictions. This appeared to be one.”
Is this the left’s grand plan? To keep supporters of President Trump and members of his staff out of restaurants? Do they believe that this unhinged behavior is winning them votes? People tend not to gravitate towards whining crybabies, which is what liberals have proven themselves to be since the election of President Trump.