It looks like food service managers north of the border are not putting up with their employees costing them business. The manager of a seafood eatery in Vancouver, British Columbia, recently showed one of his employees the door after the subordinate told a man who was wearing a red “Make America Great Again” cap to remove it or leave.
For his efforts, the employee got a pink slip.
Floor manager of the Teahouse in Stanley Park, Darin Hodge, confronted a man who dared to wear a “MAGA” hat in the establishment on Tuesday. He allegedly told the man to take off the hat or leave. When the man told him he had the right to wear the hat, he was refused service and shown the door.
The restaurant’s general manager, Andy Crimp, told CBC News that Hodge “took over the table” when he spotted the Trump supporter “and requested that he take the hat off.” Crimp added that the customer “said he had a right to wear it. [Hodge] said if you don’t take the hat off, we won’t serve you. And the man left.”
In response to the manager’s intolerance, The Sequoia Company, which owns the seafood establishment, terminated Hodge for violating their “philosophy of tolerance.”
“We don’t discriminate against people based on political beliefs,” explained Crimp. “[Hodge] was aware what he was doing was probably contrary to our values and our philosophy as a company in terms of hospitality and inclusiveness.”
Well, that’s something anyway. At least one Canadian knows how to be civil when it comes to political disputes.
The fired employee, on the other hand, does not seem to understand the meaning of intolerance.
“I stand by my decision. The MAGA hat has come to symbolize racism, bigotry, Islamophobia, misogyny, white supremacy, [and] homophobia,” he wrote in a Facebook post, adding, “As a person with a strong moral backbone, I had to take a stand against this guest’s choice of headwear while in my former place of work. Absolutely no regrets.”
It would be a good idea for this guy to get out of the mainstream media echo chamber. MAGA is, after all, exactly the opposite.