Man emulates Donald Trump’s litigious past by suing NYC bar when he was allegedly refused service for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
The Donald Trump effect continues to manifest itself in unusual ways as the NY Post reports a man has sued the NYC West Village bar, The Happiest Hour, for refusing service because he was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff Gregory Piatek claims he “was unlawfully ridiculed, discriminated against and ejected from The Happiest Hour on account of his creed, which caused him great emotional distress.” The lawsuit further states, with glaring irony, that “what could have been the ‘happiest hour,’ turned into one of the saddest hours of his life.”
The unhappy incident allegedly took place on Jan 28th after Piatek and some friends had visited the 9/11 Memorial and later ventured over to the West Village and into The Happiest Hour for some drinks. Piatek claims that he was initially served a margarita while his friends ordered beers. It was the next round where events took a turn toward the sadder hour. A different bartender apparently initially refused to take their next order asking, “Is that hat a joke?” and then “slammed the drinks down.” Shortly after, a manager at the bar told the Trump fan and his friends “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!”
While it has become annoyingly obvious over the past couple years the visceral reactions, both positive and otherwise, from anything related to Donald Trump, is this really the way to treat an individual at your place of business for simply wearing a hat? We’re assuming the reactions from the staff were solely attributed to the hat itself and not instigated by the behavior of the plaintiff. Serve the man and his pals their drinks and take the money. Unless the MAGA hat alarmed the bartenders into thinking Piatek would pull a Trump and refuse to pay for services rendered. Otherwise, this seems to be a ridiculous and petty way to deal with a paying customer.
Yet, is this really the type of lawsuit you want to put your name behind? I’m not a lawyer and not aware of any legal precedent determining whether MAGA hats and the Trump supporters who choose to wear them would be considered a protected class. After all, it’s not like he was claiming discrimination for not receiving the same specials as women on Ladies Night. Yes, that actually happened. There is no shortage of other bar options in the West Village. Chalk it up to a few bitter Clinton or Bernie supporters who are still reeling from last year’s election and find another watering hole.
No matter where you reside on the Donald Trump reaction barometer, it’s been barely two months since the 45th President took office, and the Trump effect is already exhausting beyond any measure. One would have hoped that the wise adage of keeping away from politics or religion would have rang supreme. Instead, we have yet another episode that will surely fire up endless online antagonism from both sides of the Trump spectrum.