Bartenders at Scruffy Duffies in Plano, Texas refused to take down a handwritten sign that made light of domestic violence after a customer requested it be removed.
The sign read, “I like my beer like I like my violence. Domestic.”
Patron Courtney Williams told WFAA that she couldn’t believe anyone would hang such a sign. “How does someone think it’s OK to put something like that up there?” she asked.
When she requested the sign be removed, the female bartender who had created it refused. Williams then asked the manager, who also refused to remove the sign.
Williams left Scruffy Duffies, but not before snapping a picture of the sign and posting it on Facebook.
Vanessa Vaughter, the education program manager at the Plano women’s shelter Hope’s Door, is glad she did. “My gut reaction was, ‘Thank you Ms. Williams for standing up and saying this isn’t OK,’” she said. “When one in four women are affected by domestic violence — and in Collin County alone last year we had over 12,000 incidents of domestic violence — then this isn’t something we joke about.”
The sign was taken down after Williams’ Facebook post began to go viral.
The Facebook post also came to the attention of Scruffy Duffies’ owners, who told WFAA that the manager on duty that night had been placed on indefinite suspension, without pay.
The regional manager said that new protocols had been put in place requiring approval for all signs, handwritten or otherwise, visible to customers. He also indicated that Scruffy Duffies would be making a donation to Hope’s Door. They also placed the following statement on Facebook:
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