A man in North Dakota decided to hit the Brick and Barley restaurant in downtown Grand Forks on Friday for a drink.
What he got was abuse for his political persuasion.
Lucas Mondry, a Minto, N.D., native who the Grand Forks Herald reports lives in Fargo and "appears to be a student or recent graduate of North Dakota State University," joined a group of friends for the outing. There, he says a waitress asked them which presidential candidate they voted for last November. Afterward, he posted a Facebook update on what happened next.
"We were asked who we voted for, and because of our response we were denied our drinks," Mondry wrote in his post. "I understand people can have their opinions, but I felt this was extremely unprofessional. I respect everyone's right as a citizen to vote for whomever they choose and I expect the same. Extremely disappointed on how I was treated."...
Sarah Horak, one of the restaurant's owners, offered an apology in a comment on Mondry's post.
"Coming in should be fun and relaxing, which was definitely not what occurred this evening. When we were made aware of what happened, I immediately drove downtown and fired the employee. That was completely unacceptable behavior and I am so sorry," Horak wrote.
In a separate comment, she called it "one of the shortest firing conversations of my career."
Reached for comment on Saturday, Horak indicated that Mondry's group indicated their preference for Donald Trump. She said the group then complained to staff at the bar, who apologized and alerted her. "We're a small business. We can't afford for all these people to believe that's who we are as individuals or that we would allow that in our business."
"It was an employee who went rogue and made her own choices, and unfortunately that has consequences," Horak said, expressing her hope that customers don't view the bar by the dismissed employee's actions.
Horak told the paper she couldn't care less about a customer's political persuasion. “I care that you wanted to enjoy your time,” she said.
Now if only Hollywood celebrities would follow this credo.