A restaurant in Canada is at the center of the latest controversial convergence of business and politics.
After a Virginia eatery earned mixed reviews for denying service to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders earlier this month, a manager at the Teahouse in Stanley Park was fired for reportedly refusing to seat a man wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ baseball cap.
According to Fox News, Darin Hodge defended his decision in a statement to reporters, calling the Trump campaign accessory a symbol of “racism, bigotry, Islamophobia, misogyny, white supremacy [and] homophobia.”
He went on to say that he “had to take a stand against this guest’s choice of headwear” because of his “strong moral backbone,” adding that he has “absolutely no regrets” about his action.
A representative of the Vancouver restaurant’s parent company acknowledged the incident and confirmed Hodge was fired as a result.
“A gentleman came in wearing a hat that was a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat, and our manager went up to the gentleman and asked him to take off his hat, that he wouldn’t serve him with that hat on,” Eva Gates said.
Though his former employer called him a “good person with a big heart and a right to his personal beliefs,” his actions violated “the company’s philosophy of tolerance.”