A restaurant manager in Vancouver, Canada is being fired after refusing to serve a customer wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. The manager ordered the customer to remove the hat. When he refused he did not receive service. He was then fired for not following the restaurant’s “philosophy of tolerance.”
Per Daily Caller:
Stanley Park Teahouse manager Darin Hodge stood by his decision, telling Global News that he felt the hat signified “racism, bigotry, Islamophobia, misogyny, white supremacy, (and) 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. Absolutely no regrets,” said Hodge in a written statement.
“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,” said Eva Gates, whose employer, the Sequoya Group, owns the restaurant. “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.”
Although the company considers Hodge a “good person with a big heart and a right to his personal beliefs,” nevertheless they fired him for “violating the company’s philosophy of tolerance.”
Hodge had been working at Stanley Park Teahouse for about 18 months.
If you ever wondered how far left Canada is, look at some of the responses to this on Twitter. They truly believe this manager did the right thing. Check it out:
The @The_Teahouse restaurant in Stanley Park fired a manager for refusing to serve a guy in a “Make America Great” hat until he took it off.
Because he wasn’t being tolerant to an intolerant ideology.
That’s a bad move.
Don’t go there or it’s affiliate @SeasonsInQEPark
— Kurtis “The Future Mr.” Tunnski (@KTunnski) June 29, 2018
Darin Hodge, the manager fired from the Stanley Park Teahouse over a MAGA hat dispute has released a statement. pic.twitter.com/34SUHQYpl5
— Simon Little (@simonplittle) June 29, 2018
Besides the Teahouse in Stanley Park, these ppl also manage 3 other places. Tell them we don’t wish to share meals with Trump supporters and to hire the Teahouse mgr. back or we will not patronize any of their restaurants. [email protected] https://t.co/JQ8FqT8KWe #bcpoli
— cheryl baron (@cherylincanada) June 29, 2018