In another example of leftist tolerance, a New York bar denied service to one of its customers because he is a supporter of President Donald Trump. Yes, that’s right. He was refused service because of his political beliefs.
It all started when Greg Piatick went to The Happiest Hour wearing his “Make America Great Again” hat. Uh oh. Heavy reports:
Piatek claims several bartenders denied him drinks because of the hat made popular by President Donald Trump’s campaign. He says a manager then told him, “I spoke directly to the owner and the owner told me that 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.”
Naturally, Piatek is now filing a lawsuit against the bar for discrimination. According to Heavy, Piatak’s attorney said:
“In my opinion, the motto of The Happiest Hour seems to be: we will accept you, so long as you think exactly like us,” Piatek’s attorney, Paul Liggieri, of the Derek Smith Law Group, told Heavy. “The values displayed by the employees of The Happiest Hour are not the values of our nation. Our nation values acceptance and democracy. It seems to me that The Happiest Hour, however, values hypocrisy.”
Heavy also stated:
Piatek claims the defendant’s actions made him feel “humiliated, degraded, victimized, embarrassed and emotionally distressed,” and he has “suffered and continues to suffer from anxiety and severe emotional distress” as a result of the “discriminatory and intolerable treatment” he received.
Was Piatek mistreated? Yes. Does that mean he should have filed a lawsuit? No.
It is tempting to applaud Piatek for his decision to file a lawsuit. After all, it is not surprising that a bar owned by liberals would deny service to a Trump supporter — this type of conduct is par for the course for many on the left. Shouldn’t we give the left a taste of their own medicine? Well, this might not exactly be the right approach.
Piatek’s decision is not something that should be commended. The owner of the bar is within his rights to refuse service to anybody who is not a member of a protected class. Even though their actions are clearly wrong, they are not illegal.
Conservatives have often decried this type of approach when it is used on the left — and rightly so. They speak out against the fact that Christian bakers have been sued and put out of business due to their refusal to cater gay weddings. However, if conservatives are going to be taken seriously, they cannot engage in the same behavior of the left.
Using the legal system to punish business owners for something of this nature should not be celebrated. As conservatives, we need to be willing to criticize these types of actions even when it comes from our side of the political aisle. A “do as I say, not as I do” approach will not work.