Greg Piatek, an accountant living in Philadelphia says that a Manhattan bar, The Happiest Hour kicked him and his friends out after they complained about rude service by the bartender. At the time Piatek was wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat. Piatek claims he was told by the staff:
Anyone who supports Trump — or believes in what you believe — is not welcome here. And you need to leave right now because we won’t serve you.
Piatek decided to take the bar to court and sue for discrimination and that the incident “offended his sense of being American.” SPOILER ALERT: He lost.
On Wednesday a judge tossed out the lawsuit on the grounds that the law doesn't protect against political discrimination. The bar's lawyer also pointed out that, "supporting Trump is not a religion."
Trump supporter sues NY bar after getting kicked out for wearing MAGA hat. Defense argued political beliefs are not protected under state and city discrimination laws, saying, "supporting Trump is not a religion". His lawyer then tried to argue MAGA is a "spiritual belief" pic.twitter.com/7ZGdG3CTD9— Ian Nawalinski (@ian_nawa) April 26, 2018
There wasn't a whole lot of sympathy swirling around Twitter.
There were some people who had concerns over the ruling.
This os reqlly dangerous ground we ate treading. I dont agree with this, and I hate donald.— Bishop (@LBishop360) April 26, 2018
I will not allow Hillary Clinton supporters to infiltrate my workplace nice job NY keep censoring— DNC I$ ©o®℗o®@ti℠🌹 (@raffybafter) April 26, 2018
I don’t agree with this. It’s unethical. Bar should be closed down for that narrative and NY needs to change its law to something constitutional— Thanos’s Gaunlet cleaner 🇸🇩 (@Apoybali) April 26, 2018
But others stepped in to explain the difference.
It’s really not that serious. The case was thrown out becuase he tried to argue that his political beliefs are a religious affiliation.— Data Usage Daddy (@davidthomvs) April 26, 2018
If people kept their beliefs to themselves and ordered products off the menu there'd be no conflict. That's freedom.— Wibberrrrrrr128 💻🖥️🖱️ (@wibrr) April 26, 2018
Un-freedom is when you're unable to buy a wedding cake because of who it is you love, or when you're unable to tell a disruptive person to leave your bar.
Political affiliation isn't a protected class. It's as simple as that. If one wants to make the argument that it should be, that's another conversation. The judge's ruling in this case was the right call.— Raul (@Rullys06) April 27, 2018
H/T: Twitter Moments