Jordan Gleason, owner of Black Acre Brewing Company, is being praised for speaking out about his decision to ban a customer for sexually harassing women servers.
In a Friday Facebook post, Gleason explained that he recently told a 60-year-old man to never return to his Indianapolis bar because the customer harassed and ogled his staff.
“He told them to their faces that that he liked looking at their tits while they washed dishes, and their asses while they were pouring drinks,” Gleason wrote, noting that the man had first been banned in January, and was repeatedly told to leave again each time he returned.
“He then told me that if what he said was a problem, then I should tell them not to wear low cut shirts, and that I should face the dish washing sink away from customers,” Gleason said. “But since he apologized, he should be allowed to drink in my establishment because he he lives in the neighborhood and will bring in business.”
I told him flatly that wasn’t happening, and that what he said to those ladies was incredibly offensive. The simple fact that he couldn’t understand that just because they were were working didn’t mean they deserve his disrespectful language. That these ladies were part of my family, and were human beings that deserved respect. They aren’t objects, and they certainly shouldn’t have to wear different clothes because he can’t be bothered with showing them any decency or respect. “But we’re men and they’re females. Is cleavage just not a thing anymore?”
I told him yeah buddy, it’s not, and I won’t be changing my mind about having him served. He threatened bad publicity, I told him I didn’t care, and he left.
Gleason insisted that he loved his work, but lamented that there was a “dark side of this business.” He said that men often tried to “appeal to me solely because I’m a man.”
“They try to weasel in with me about how the women are asking for it. That women shouldn’t dress that way if they don’t want to be stared at,” he observed. “They attempt to explain it away as just ‘dudes being dudes.’ It’s expected for men to stare at women’s breasts and make jokes about how much they want to f*ck them. Wink Wink. Of course you’ll understand they think, because you also have a dick. What terrifies and enrages me is how every one of them thinks that this is normal behavior, but also that other men will agree with them.”
Gleason encouraged men to pay attention to “the level of filth that our friends, sisters, and mothers go through every day.”
“But the reality of this thing? It’s an insidious disease that’s happening every single day, several times a day and it turns my f*cking stomach,” he wrote. “I want to acknowledge the struggle of every single woman who will read this. You deserve our respect and to be treated with decency. I want to stand up and say, I’m f*cking sick of this.”
Gleason’s post had been shared over 7,000 times by Monday morning. Read the entire message below.