On Monday, the Daily Caller and others reported that Garland, Texas resident Andy Ternay decided to take his wife to First Watch café in Richardson, Texas while wearing a t-shirt bearing profanities targeting President Donald Trump and his supporters.
The shirt read, “F**K TRUMP AND F**K YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.” The back of the shirt added, “F**K THE RACIST ALT RIGHT,” with a hand giving the middle finger.
Naturally, this didn’t sit too well with some, and, Ternay said, he was booted out of the restaurant. A report at the Daily Beast said that a police officer arrived at the scene.
According to the Daily Caller:
Ternay wrote on Facebook that he was eventually ejected at the request of the owners, while he said he received support from some on the restaurant’s staff.
The manager said the language on his shirt was offensive to several patrons in the restaurant and might be seen by children.
“I expressed deep sympathies and let her know that explaining ‘grab ’em by the p***y’ and golden showers to my daughter was equally unpleasant,” he replied.
At the time of this writing, however, the Facebook post was no longer visible.
Patrons sitting at a nearby table applauded his exit, the report adds.
“First, we were approached by a manager who let us know that customers were very distressed by my shirt and that children might see it,” Ternay said on Facebook, according to the Daily Beast.
Playing the race card, the Daily Beast reported:
As they were being seated, the manager again told him that a group nearby “was suffering due to my indescribable poor taste.” He replied that he did not see a problem. But a problem arose after Ternay’s drinks had been served and his order taken: a cook had come out and asked him to leave. A table had reportedly complained, but not to their server (who was of color), but to a white manager.
“We ask to tip our server for occupying her table, get drinks to go and leave. One table of white people applauds,” he continued. While in the parking lot, a black server approached him and explained he quit on the spot after seeing the restaurant ask Ternay to leave.
“He told us: ‘you should hear these people asking not to be seated near Muslims.’”
“[A] Latino lady at the register thanked me [and] two African American servers said my shirt was awesome,” Ternay told the Daily Beast.
Ternay also recalled his encounter with a police officer.
“I stop the car and ask the officer if she is there over a t-shirt,” he wrote on Facebook. “She affirms this to be true and asks my name which I respectfully decline to give; she starts in on the shirt—whereupon I cite Cohen v. California, 1971, in which the Supreme Court upheld the right to wear a t-shirt saying: ‘F**K THE DRAFT.’ She’s like: ‘Just leave, okay?’”
Ternay also said that children should be able to handle the kind of profanity he displayed on his shirt. “If your kids can’t handle the word ‘F**k’ they are going to have a really tough time in this world,” he reportedly wrote.
In a statement to the Daily Beat, the restaurant corporate office said: “When we asked the gentleman to leave our restaurant yesterday, it was in response to complaints from customers and families with young children regarding the vulgar obscenities boldly emblazoned on his shirt.”
The statement adds: “Just as young children cannot go to R-rated movies that feature language like that, we do not believe they should be exposed to it in a family restaurant and we absolutely understand our customers’ uneasiness and decided to invoke our right to refuse service to that individual. In fact, our decision closely aligns with The Daily Beast’s choice to edit or filter obscenities in articles on occasion. Despite claims to the contrary made by others not informed of the event specifics, this incident has nothing to do with any political statement or the color of people’s skin.”
When asked about the employee who quit, the restaurant said it does not comment publicly about private employment matters.
A post at Grubstreet claimed that Ternay’s Facebook post garnered more than 130,000 likes in less than a day. Ternay, however, requested that nobody punish the restaurant. “I’m fine with being asked to leave and I don’t urge a boycott. These things are never easy for businesses, and the workers were polite and professional,” he wrote. “Besides, we hope to be back soon …”
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