The popular restaurant chain Dave & Buster’s is in hot water this week after one of their establishment in Michigan disrespected members of the U.S. military in a vile way.
Military.com reported that American Legion officers not allowed to wear their affiliated jackets inside the Dave & Busters, which was located in Kentwood, because they were told it signified a gang affiliation. Victor Murdock and Adrienne Brown of the American Legion Riders Post 179 said they were told to remove their official vests, which have patches of the American flag, the Prisoner of War flag and a bald eagle.
Dave & Busters spokeswoman April Spearman said that Murdock and Brown were asked to remove the jackets or turn them inside out because the business’ dress code prohibits evidence of gang affiliation. She added that the policy was in place “to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy themselves in a fun and safe environment.”
“Though we understand that the American Legion promotes a positive mission, for consistency reasons we cannot allow motorcycle jackets displaying patches or rockers,” she said.
Murdock thinks the policy should not apply to members of the military.
“I get it,” he said. “Everyone has to have a policy to keep the unwanted element out. But an American flag and a bald eagle does not represent a gang element.”
Spearman eventually apologized on Dave & Buster’s behalf.
“We are extremely grateful to all of our active military members and veterans and are honored to have them as valued guests in any of our locations,” she wrote. “Our policies are in no way meant to be disrespectful and we apologize for any frustration this may have caused.”
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