Man claims NYC bar denied him service over pro-Trump hat

In this June 2, 2016, file photo, a woman holds hats to get them autographed by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally in San Jose, Calif. The New York Post reported on March 19, 2017, that a Philadelphia man sued a New York City bar, claiming he was denied service for wearing such a hat. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

NEW YORK | A Philadelphia man has sued a New York City bar, saying he was denied service because he was wearing a hat supporting President Donald Trump.

The New York Post reports Greg Piatek’s lawsuit says he and his friends were initially served drinks at The Happiest Hour on Jan. 28. But he says once a bartender noticed his “Make America Great Again” hat, he asked Piatek if it was “a joke.” He says a second round of drinks was “slammed” down on the bar.

The suit claims a manager later asked Piatek to leave, saying he was told by the bar owner that “anyone who supports Trump or believes what you believe is not welcome here.”


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