A New York bartender has been handed a two-week suspension after being caught on video kicking a patron out of his bar for wearing a Donald Trump hat.
Dion Cini, 50, told the media that he was eating at Jake’s Dilemma, a bar in New York, when the bartender approached him and told him to get out because he was wearing a Donald Trump visor.
A video of the incident has gone viral. Cini posted the video to his Facebook page:
After Cini posted the video, the bar decided to hand the bartender a two-week suspension.
The bar posted a message about the incident to its Facebook page Saturday saying the bartender “took it upon himself to wrongly promote his political views. We can assure everyone that this employee has been disciplined and will be retrained before being allowed to serve” at the bar.
“We contemplated firing him but didn’t think it warranted that,” Mitch Banchik, a co-owner of Jake’s Dilemma, told Gothamist.
Still, the owner freely admits that his employee did not do much wrong, and that the fallout from the incident was likely exactly what Cini had wanted. “The guy was actually being really obnoxious before the bartender did anything, and was given several warnings,” said Banchik. “He instigated it and said it was because of his hat…he was looking for this sort of scenario.”
Asked what prompted the suspension, the owner said the bar was “being unfairly treated” by the public, adding that the employee shouldn’t have made any comment about the man’s hat. In the video, the bartender can be heard saying, “I don’t like red hats, I only like green ones”—an apparent reference to his own Jets cap.
After Cini refused to leave the pub on his own, he demanded the bar staff call the 20th precinct—”I know them very well,” he said—which the bartender did. Police arrived shortly after and, Cini claims, offered him a solidarity handshake.
Cini added that the police thought the whole incident was ridiculous. After the bartender called the cops on him, the police told him they were not happy to be wasting their time because of the incident.
“They weren’t happy about what happened at the bar,” Cini said of the police. “They shook my hand and sent me on my way. I know a lot of police officers in the 20th precinct; they follow me on Facebook because of all the Trump stuff I do. It’s friendly.”
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