A Philadelphia man's experience at "The Happiest Hour" bar in New York City turned into what his (trolling) lawyer has described as his "saddest hour." After allegedly being refused service and told to leave on account of his Donald Trump "Make America Great Again" hat, accountant Greg Piatek, 30, is suing the popular West Village bar for "egregious, unlawful and discriminatory conduct."
Piatek told The New York Post that after visiting the 9/11 Memorial with two buddies on January 28, he was ultimately booted out of the bar after a series of exchanges with increasingly more hostile employees, the manager finally telling him he needed "to leave right now because we won’t serve you!"
Piatek says the alleged discrimination began around 6:30 p.m., when a male bartender refused to serve him and his pals a second round of drinks. According to the lawsuit filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court on March 17, when one of Piatek's friends said it was their turn to be served, the bartender said, "Is that hat a joke?" pointing to the left-enraging, iconic red hat.
"Immediately it clicked," said Piatek. When the "flustered" bartender finally served them, he supposedly "slammed the drinks down."
Then, according to Piatek, a female bartender got in on the Trump fan-bashing action, shouting, "I can’t believe you would support someone so terrible and you must be as terrible a person!"
"Don’t even try to order from me. I won’t get you a drink," she allegedly said.
Finally, according to the lawsuit, a manager told Piatek that the owner (Jon Neidich) told him, "Anyone who supports Trump — or believes what you believe — is not welcome here! And you need to leave right now because we won’t serve you!"
The "humiliating" incident, said Piatek’s lawyer Paul Liggieri, was his Trump-supporting client's "saddest hour." (The picture of Liggieri and Piatek is perfect.)
According to the lawsuit, Piatek felt "humiliated, degraded, victimized, embarrassed and emotionally distressed," and has suffered "from anxiety and severe emotional distress" because of the discriminatory action. The lawsuit maintains that Piatek "had a sincerely held set of beliefs in which he felt it was necessary to wear a particular hat in remembrance of the souls who lost their lives and as a symbol of freedom/free speech."
For an entertaining and revealing —but sadly unsurprising — read, check out the New York Post's Dean Balsamini's chronicle of a "what happens when you wear a #MAGA hat in NYC." Here's a sample:
The mere sight of my cap nearly caused a riot at the historic Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street — site of the 1969 riots that launched the gay rights movement.
“You come into a gay bar — THIS gay bar — with THAT hat!” one woman lectured as a large crowd gathered.
At Soho’s sceney La Esquina, where celebs like Julia Roberts nosh on $26 enchiladas, servers nearly lost their lunch when I showed up.
“Oh my God, do you see that? Is he serious? Is he kidding me?” one waiter gasped.
My companion and I were quickly shunted to an out-of-sight table near a back wall.