Apr 16 2014
U.S. Marine Veteran kicked out of Pizza Hut by manager who thought his USMC patches were “gang” symbols
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” tells 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.
Rare 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.
The world is full of idiots and here is a case in point:
I decided to go to Pizza hut for their lunch buffet after work and was approached by the manager who came to tell me that for the safety of the patrons and staff they do not allow people in the restaurant wearing gang colors.
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.
I pointed out that these are not gang colors but represent one of the branches of our military and as a Veteran I have earned the right to wear them. He said he cant be expected to know all of the different gang logo’s union patches or clubs so they just don’t allow any of them in the restaurant……….what an ass clown…..
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 apparently cleared up the misunderstanding. After contacting the local franchise owner, Semper received an apology, and was told that the gang colors policy didn’t actually exist. Rather than press for the manager to be fired, Semper plans to meet with him to accept his apology in person.