A man who wore a “Make America Great Again” hat into a New York cocktail bar claims he was treated like an enemy of the state, and he’s filed a law suit in response.
Greg Piatek, 30, an accountant from Philadelphia, claims he was shunned by employees and then kicked out of The Happiest Hour bar on West 10th Street. The red hat that shows support for President Donald Trump is not a popular item in New York City, which voted heavily in favor of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
When shown the door by a manager, Piatek claims he was told: “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 and two pals, according to the New York Post, ordered drinks at the posh pad after visiting the 9/11 Memorial. A bartender served them drinks, but when Piatek tried to order a second round, another bartender spotted his hat and skipped them.
“Immediately it clicked,” Piatek said, saying that bartenders didn’t see the pro-Trump slogan until he turned his back to the bar. “Ignoring me because I’m wearing the hat is ridiculous. It’s really sad.”
The bartender apparently then served the men their second round of drinks, but allegedly slammed them down.
A third bartender apparently asked Piatek, according to the Post, if his hat was a joke and shouted: “I can’t believe you would support someone so terrible, and you must be as terrible a person!”
According to the Post, a bar manager said he spoke to the owner and was told: “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!” according to the suit.
Bar owner Jon Neidich did not respond to calls from the Post. A manager at the bar refused to comment.
Piatek’s lawyer Paul Liggieri called the incident “humiliating,” saying it was his client’s “saddest hour.”