It’s been said by many of us that Donald Trump’s derogatory and vulgar rhetoric has desecrated the normal standards of presidential decorum. With that in mind, you’ll love this story…
This past weekend, a man wearing an anti-Trump T-Shirt filled with profanity got the heave-ho from a Richardson, Texas First Watch restaurant after other customers complained to management.
The man, Andy Ternay, posted about his experience on his personal Facebook page, along with a picture of him wearing the shirt. The front of the shirt reads, “FUCK TRUMP AND FUCK YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM” and on the back, “FUCK THE RACIST ALT-RIGHT.”
As Ternay decribes on his Facebook post, which has since been removed, but not before it amassed well over 100,000 likes…
First, we were approached by a manager who let us know that customers were very distressed by my shirt and that children might see it. I expressed deep sympathies and let her know that explaining ‘grab ‘em by the pussy’ and golden showers to my daughter was equally unpleasant.
Ternay stated in his post that the group of customers who leveled the complaint against him did not complain to their server, who was not white, but rather to a white member of the management team. After the manager approached him a second time, Ternay and his partner calmly got up to leave.
“We ask to tip our server for occupying her table, get drinks to go and leave. One table of white people applauds,” Ternay describes.
But the story doesn’t end there. Ternay was approached in the parking lot by a black server at the restaurant and told him that he had just quit on the spot over the incident.
As Ternay explains in his Facebook post:
He told us: ‘you should hear these people asking not to be seated near Muslims.’
And finally, the cops show up, because we all know that a man wearing a “F-ck Trump” shirt must be a danger to society.
I stop the car and ask the officer if she is there over a t-shirt. She affirms this to be true and asks my name which I respectfully decline to give; she starts in on the shirt—whereupon I cite Cohen v. California, 1971, in which the Supreme Court upheld the right to wear a t-shirt saying: ‘FUCK THE DRAFT.’ She’s like: ‘Just leave, okay?’
The Daily Beast called the restaurant to verify the story. The staff member who answered the phone confirmed that it indeed happened. Later, the corporate office of First Watch sent out a statement claiming that there was no political motivation behind the complaints about the shirt, but rather it was all about protecting the children from those dangerous F-bombs.
Just as young children cannot go to R-rated movies that feature language like that, we do not believe they should be exposed to it in a family restaurant and we absolutely understand our customers’ uneasiness and decided to invoke our right to refuse service to that individual
As for the T-shirt, we found one very identical to Terney’s here, just in case you want one for yourself. And if you’re wondering what kind of reaction you’ll get from the shirt, let Terney fill you in…
Everywhere I go with this shirt, white males sneer and people of color smile and give me thumbs up. I think it is very worthwhile to let people of color know they are not alone – that some whites also see the evil of racism is resurgent – and we will fight with our brothers and sisters of color against it.
We understand if some of you think the shirt was a bit over the top, but you do have to admit that Terney has the perfect response to the complaints about it. And for the record, Terney is not mad at the restaurant and plans on going back there to eat again soon. No word on whether he plans on wearing the shirt again.