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(Clarification: The featured image is not a picture of the Marine in the story.)

A Facebook user writing under the pseudonym Rick Libertas Semper claims that he was discriminated against at a Wisconsin area Pizza Hut for wearing military patches on a leather jacket.

“Semper” hit his Facebook to tell the tale of trying to sit down and eat some lunch, and being told that he needed to remove his jacket, because Pizza Hut does not allow gang symbols in their restaurants.

Yes, you read that right, the manager thought his military patches were gang symbols.


“I was wearing my black leather jacket that has 4 patches and the back of the jacket is embroidered. One patch says USMC, the other patch says Marine Combat Veteran, the 3rd patch is the unit patch for 3rd Marines 3rd Battalion and there is a patch of the US flag on it. The back of the jacket is embroidered with the Marine Corps Emblem,” Semper wrote on his Facebook page.

When Semper pressed the manager, reminding him that he was a veteran and that he had earned the right to wear those colors, the manager replied that he shouldn’t be expected to know all the different combinations of organizations and colors.

Since first publicizing the incident, Semper has cleared up the misunderstanding with the franchise owner, though tells Rare, that he hasn’t had time to speak with the actual manager. Semper says that the franchise owner does a lot for local troops, and explained that the gang colors policy doesn’t actually exist.

When contacted by Rare, Semper did not wish to use his real name, but told us that he was a retired Lance Corporal who served in a combat capacity during Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Semper, who lives in Wisconsin, feels that people do appreciate veterans, though he notes one demographic that is lagging behind.

“I do believe more people are supportive of military veterans than not but what I have seen is very few young people seem to recognize veterans…for the most part teens and people in their 20’s seem not to care,” he told Rare in a Facebook message. 

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