Lawsuit: Philly guy wearing Trump hat says NY bar refused to serve him
A Philadelphia man recently left New York’s The Happiest Hour bar pretty SAD!
A Philadelphia man recently left New York's The Happiest Hour bar pretty SAD!
Greg Piatek, a 30-year-old accountant, is suing the West Village cocktail lounge after he said bartenders refused to serve him for wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap, according to court records.
Piatek alleges that the now-iconic red hat, featuring President Trump's campaign slogan, led to a confrontation with the joint's manager.
"I spoke directly to the owner and the owner told me that 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!" Piatek alleges in the lawsuit.
Calls made to the bar Monday evening were not answered.
On the evening of Jan. 28, the suit alleges, Piatek and two friends toured the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The group then walked into the The Happiest Place, on West 10th Street, and settled into a spot along the left side of the horseshoe bar.
After waiting about 20 minutes for service and watching the bartender take orders from patrons in their vicinity, Piatek suspected his group was being intentionally ignored.
Piatek says he asked the bartender, "have you been ignoring me just because of my hat?" and the bartender allegedly replied, "Yes, that's my thing."
After taking a look around the room and noticing several employees wearing "Trump … idiota" stickers, Piatek alleges a second bartender approached him and yelled "Is that a joke?" before calling him a "terrible" human being and telling him his group would not be served.
Piatek claims he then asked if he could speak to the bar manager, who consulted the owner before asking bouncers to escort the group out.
A message left for Piatek's attorney Paul Liggieri was not immediately returned.