Restaurants are learning the hard way that they are not in the business of politics. Not for long, anyhow:
Reviewers flooded the Yelp page of a Canadian restaurant with one-star reviews after a manager was fired for kicking out a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
The Teahouse in Vancouver’s Stanley Park has come under fire for the incident, which occurred less than a week after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was kicked out of a Virginia restaurant.
The negative reviews came from both sides of the aisle, with some critiquing the restaurant for kicking out the patron, and other tearing into the restaurant for firing the manager.
“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. Absolutely no regrets,” the former employee told CBC News. The restaurant owners said they fired the employee because his actions did not align with their policy of hospitality and inclusiveness.
It’s about time the Right joined the Culture War. 50 years of constant retreat haven’t worked out so well, after all.