Restaurant Tells Veteran “His Kind” Not Welcome

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June 12, 2014 8:43am PST

A Florida restaurant has found itself in a bit of hot water recently after one employee told a U.S. Navy veteran that his “kind” wasn’t welcome there. As one would expect, the restaurant has found themselves consumed in controversy with many people announcing a boycott.

It all started when Robert Thompson – a 20 year vet – decided to grab a bite to eat at the Old Key Lime House in Lantana, Florida. At first, he was confronted by an employee who demanded Thompson remove his vest as the restaurant policy has a clear ban on “gangs or colors.”

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That request however was asinine as he explains, “You don’t see anything that’s derogatory [on the vest], you don’t see anything that’s intimidating. All it is, is just a bunch of bright colors.” That’s when things got serious.

After declining, Thompson shares, “He [the manager] goes, ‘we don’t want you here, we don’t like what you stand for.’ I looked at him and just went, ‘Wow.’” Since that time, local outrage was sparked causing several veterans to make others aware of the incident and also swear to a temporary boycott.

Oddly enough however, the owner of the restaurant and also his daughter are both veterans. They have since publicly apologized and announced that the manager has been placed on immediate suspension. Manager Katherine Kenyon explained, “He shouldn’t have been out there speaking. We apologize for that. We welcome them [bikers and veterans].”

So what do you guys think – was this all just a misunderstanding? Should the restaurant be punished for the acts of one employee? Let us know in the comments below.

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