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U.S. Marine Veteran Kicked Out of Pizza Hut You Wont Believe the Reason Why
Top Right News ^ | April 17, 2014 | Jason DeWitt

Posted on 04/21/2014 2:04:20 PM PDT by grundle

Above: “Gang colors” that reportedly offended a Pizza Hut manager in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

According to a Facebook post by a user calling himself Rick Libertas Semper, a popular pizza chain refused to serve him because he was wearing four patches signifying his service as a U.S. Marine. According to his profile, he lives in Green Bay, Wis.

“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,” he wrote.

Of course, according to his account, the only ‘gang’ his colors represent is the Marine Corps.

“I was wearing my black leather jacket that has 4 patches and the back of the jacket is embroidered,” he recalled. “One patch says USMC, the other patch says Marine Combat Veteran, the 3rd patch is the unit patch for 3rd Marines 3rd Batallion and there is a patch of the US flag on it.”

The back of his jacket, he explained, is covered by an embroidered USMC emblem.

“I pointed out that these are not gang colors but represent one of the branches of our military,” he wrote, explaining he is a veteran and has “earned the right to wear them.”

The manager, however, reportedly “said he can’t be expected to know” the difference between patches “so they just don’t allow any of them in the restaurant.”

The veteran recounted his experience as evidence that the “world is full of idiots,” though he recognized the incident was isolated and doesn’t necessarily represent the views of all Pizza Hut franchises.

In a response to his initial post, he wrote that he believes it was just a case of a “young manager trying to look like he was in control.”

Nevertheless, reports of companies treating veterans with disrespect continue to surface across the nation. Making matters worse, our government is not only shrinking our active military ranks; it is providing fewer and fewer resources for those returning with physical and mental needs.


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1 posted on 04/21/2014 2:04:20 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Let me guess. He dressed like a 1% biker and is pissed because he was treated like a 1% biker.


2 posted on 04/21/2014 2:06:35 PM PDT by bad company (There are no illegal guns, just undocumented firearms.)
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To: grundle
The manager, however, reportedly “said he can’t be expected to know” the difference between patches “so they just don’t allow any of them in the restaurant.” The veteran recounted his experience as evidence that the “world is full of idiots"

PFL

3 posted on 04/21/2014 2:07:36 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: grundle

The manager hates. Was this a hate crime?


4 posted on 04/21/2014 2:07:51 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: grundle

“Thank you for your service ... now leave!”


5 posted on 04/21/2014 2:07:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: bad company

Huh?


6 posted on 04/21/2014 2:08:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: bad company

I believe the same thing happened to Col. West


7 posted on 04/21/2014 2:09:01 PM PDT by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: grundle
Huh. They wear green a lot too, and have funny hats. Always had my eye on those guys...

The "USMC" should have been a tipoff but in order to read it you have to know the alphabet all the way to the letter "U".

8 posted on 04/21/2014 2:10:04 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: grundle
The manager, however, reportedly “said he can’t be expected to know” the difference between patches “so they just don’t allow any of them in the restaurant.”

Would you want someone this stupid managing a business you owned?

Definitely a Charter Member of "The Red Diaper Baby Low-Info Idiots" ?


9 posted on 04/21/2014 2:10:21 PM PDT by Iron Munro (NSA reports Malaysia Flight 370 black box signals detected in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: grundle

Just damn...


10 posted on 04/21/2014 2:11:05 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!!!)
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To: Billthedrill

It’s not like USMC was written in cursive ...


11 posted on 04/21/2014 2:11:18 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: grundle

I’d boycott Pizza Slut, but I never eat there anyway.


12 posted on 04/21/2014 2:14:55 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: grundle
“One patch says USMC, the other patch says Marine Combat Veteran, the 3rd patch is the unit patch for 3rd Marines 3rd Batallion and there is a patch of the US flag on it.”

Seems reasonably self explanatory. Difficult to confuse this with the Gangster Disciples, or some such ...

explaining he is a veteran and has “earned the right to wear them.”

Indeed he has.

And the owner, and the manager, of the store have the right to ask him to leave.

And the rest of us have the right to say that said owner and manager are a bunch of friggin' idiots. And the right to refrain from patronizing that establishment. And the right to publicize the facts.

Freedom of Speech, and Freedom of Association are great! The unnamed manager seems on track to find out that free people don't like his brand of idiocy.

13 posted on 04/21/2014 2:15:18 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: bad company

Even 1%er’s are due SOME amount of respect.
In any case, one would have to be a fountain of ignorance, stupidity and vacuousness to be so blind as to be incapable of reading United States Marine Corps on a jacket or a shirt or a cap.
Defend the “manager” all you want, he is still a waste of human skin.


14 posted on 04/21/2014 2:15:22 PM PDT by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: grundle
"I decided to go to Pizza Hut for their lunch buffet..."

Doomed from the start.

15 posted on 04/21/2014 2:15:25 PM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: grundle
Liberals hate these colors!

The Pizza Hut manager is most likely an Obama Boy!


16 posted on 04/21/2014 2:15:31 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TigersEye

ah yes but it wasn’t in txt...


17 posted on 04/21/2014 2:15:43 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: grundle

The real criminal here are demonrats that have adopted immigration and crime policies tat allow gangs to exist.


18 posted on 04/21/2014 2:20:14 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: grundle

local veterans should picket daily and boycott it


19 posted on 04/21/2014 2:24:01 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: TexasCajun
The Pizza Hut manager is most likely an Obama Boy!

A blank eyed, slack jawed mouth breathing vegetable?

20 posted on 04/21/2014 2:25:07 PM PDT by QT3.14
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To: NorthMountain

Yet I can’t tell a minority, gay or transgender to leave my business, can I? See, that’s where your argument falls apart.


21 posted on 04/21/2014 2:26:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: grundle

Out of curiosity, I’d like to see a pic of the offending jacket just to be sure. It’ not impossible to think that he could actually look similar to local gang members when he walked in.

Regardless, after he had explained the colors and meaning, the manager could have shown true managerial leadership and apologized for the misunderstanding. Also, the restaurants rule is pretty stupid. Schools try to pull that crap sometimes and it just doesn’t work. You can’t tell an entire school they can’t wear blue or red and expect that to not cause problems.


22 posted on 04/21/2014 2:26:56 PM PDT by Marko413
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To: grundle
“said he can’t be expected to know” the difference between patches “so they just don’t allow any of them in the restaurant.”

It doesn't seem like he was kicked out, he could have taken the jacket off. While I don't agree with what happened I can understand how a business that has problems with such things would stick to the rule without exception for fear of being sued. If they start deciding what type of patch is OK and which is not-- there no doubt will be somebody that screams discrimination.

23 posted on 04/21/2014 2:29:45 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: bad company

“Let me guess. He dressed like a 1% biker and is pissed because he was treated like a 1% biker.”
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Really? Really?

Let me guess. Post 16 has two rows of “colors”. I guess the veteran who is the subject of this thread was wearing the “colors” in the first row. And I (based solely on your comment) guess that YOU wear the colors of the 2nd row.


24 posted on 04/21/2014 2:34:54 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: grundle

I would boycott Pizza Hut, except that Pizza Hut pizzas are crap that no one in his right mind would eat.


25 posted on 04/21/2014 2:35:22 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yet I can’t tell a minority, gay or transgender to leave my business, can I?

Your rights are being violated ... infringed ... trod upon ... by the self appointed leaders of the racial minorities, the sodomites, the perverts, the self-mutilators ... and by the congressthings who pander to such low-life. You have the right to tell them to leave. That right violated by statute.

That said, race is not something one chooses. Race is not a behavior. Sexual perversion is a chosen behavior, but is not necessarily a behavior actually engaged in when one is eating "pizza" (I use the term loosely in this case) at Pizza Hut. So your attempt to equate race, and sexual perversion, with manner of dress in public is mistaken in addition to being irrelevant.

Again, the management and ownership of this Pizza Hut establishment has a right to have, and to enforce, a dress code. And if the rest of us think that their dress code is idiotic we have the right to say so. And we have the right to NOT patronize their establishment. And we have the right to urge others to do likewise.

I wouldn't be caught dead in that joint. The manager is an idiot, and a jerk, and he doesn't deserve my business.

To address your point, though, I'm sick to death of government at all levels sticking its nasty nose and dirty fingers into every aspect of private life. That includes the manner in which private businesses deal with their customers.

If you can't handle that, tough. Learn to live with it.

26 posted on 04/21/2014 2:37:51 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

There’s no need to boycott anybody. Its just an immature and not very bright store manager blindly following rules without using any common sense. He’’ll someday have a fulfilling career as a government bureaucrat most likely.


27 posted on 04/21/2014 2:38:46 PM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: Irenic

Okay, let’s do this. Take KFC and Taco Bell off the list too as they all belong to the same corporate.


28 posted on 04/21/2014 2:41:09 PM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: grundle
No more pizza hut for us. The manager needs to know who the good guys are or aren't if we are not there.

Email to pizza hut corporate from all vets might help our point some. This manager needs to go back to the washing dishes job until he figures out just who earned him his right to breath free air.

29 posted on 04/21/2014 2:43:31 PM PDT by oldenuff2no (Citizen.)
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To: grundle

There’s at least three Pizza Huts in Green Bay. For some reason the phone numbers for all three, (920) 499-4554, (920) 468-4988 and (920) 432-8844 have been temporarily disconnected.

I wonder if junior has been told how much business his stupidity cost the franchise.


30 posted on 04/21/2014 2:49:22 PM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: grundle

Manager must’ve been growing up when Military people were considered baby killers by the Democrats and not sources of votes.


31 posted on 04/21/2014 2:50:10 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be," -Epitap)
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To: grundle

Boycott ‘em!


32 posted on 04/21/2014 2:51:08 PM PDT by sassy steel magnolia
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To: bad company

“Let me guess. He dressed like a 1% biker and is pissed because he was treated like a 1% biker.”

Now that is a little ignorant.
I am a biker and ride with to groups, a Veterans group and a Christian biker group. I wear leathers and I have various patches that represent my military service and my respect for others that served and for my Country. I also wear gear identifying me as a Christian In both sets of attire I raise money and awareness for veterans issues and children’s issues such as hospitals, child abuse awareness etc. What a shame that anyone would treat me poorly because of my looks


33 posted on 04/21/2014 2:51:40 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: grundle

Easiest. Boycott. Ever.


34 posted on 04/21/2014 2:52:31 PM PDT by brewcrew
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

I already boycott Pizza Hut, because of their long-standing policy of firing employees who defend their lives during armed robberies.


35 posted on 04/21/2014 2:53:23 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee please come home we miss you! ~ Þ)
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To: bad company

Your stupid comment comes from willful ignorance.

That diner was not kicked out for 1% outlaw patches, he was kicked out for wearing USMC patches.

Assuming that the diner may have rode in on a motorcycle and wore protective clothing designed for motorycyclists does not make that person an outlaw 1%.


36 posted on 04/21/2014 2:56:03 PM PDT by Sixgun Symphony
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To: bad company

That’s quite a leap....


37 posted on 04/21/2014 2:57:22 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: SECURE AMERICA; bad company

I looked at bad company’s profile page, and discovered he dresses like Leisure Suit Larry In The Land Of The Lounge Lizards. That just added to the comic effect of him supporting throwing military vets out of public establishments because of their looks. SMDH


38 posted on 04/21/2014 2:57:57 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee please come home we miss you! ~ Þ)
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To: Fresh Wind

Haven’t eaten there in years, all the more reason not to eat there again.


39 posted on 04/21/2014 2:58:43 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: grundle

Update from his Facebook page:

Ok, most of you following me and what happened this week here is the deal. No need to boycott Pizza Hut as it is not a company policy, it never was a company policy and they do hire people, pay wages and do good things in the community Earlier this week before I had my confrontation a group of gang banger wanna be’s did go into the Pizza Hut and caused problems. One of the guys had a Field Jacket that had patches and stuff on it and he was the main instigator of trouble. The young manager was trying to be proactive when I came in and avoid a similar problem which is why he confronted me. The manager didn’t think you could go and buy a military jacket and spice it up with all of the patches.
If you want to be mad, be mad at young punks who dress in military attire and do not show the uniform or colors the respect it deserves. Be mad at posers who never earned the uniform, ribbons or badges that live off of the honor of our veterans. Be mad at celebrities who wear our uniforms ike costumes to the award shows, be mad at the schools that don’t teach our youth what the uniforms mean....there are plenty of things to be mad at but Pizza Hut......hell there are bigger fish to fry than over zealous managers.


40 posted on 04/21/2014 3:01:00 PM PDT by jodster36
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To: jodster36

OohRah!


41 posted on 04/21/2014 3:04:58 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: grundle

Wisconsin ... democrat state ... what did he expect?

hell, I’d be surprised if the stoned out morons didn’t spit in his food if they found out he was military

best solution: move out of the commie states and let them starve. the only real power we have is our wallet... which is controlled by where our feet are planted


42 posted on 04/21/2014 3:07:53 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: grundle

This manager is a total idiot. I hope he loses his job and suffers.


43 posted on 04/21/2014 3:14:15 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conseravtives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: Irenic

Stop trying to be nice. This “manager” is a complete and utter moron and the “rule” the owner put in is stupid beyond belief. Best to expose this sham and let them close the place due to lack of customers.

Then the owner can take a financial hit. Only a moron would do this.


44 posted on 04/21/2014 3:17:09 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conseravtives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: bad company
" He dressed like a 1% biker and is pissed because he was treated like a 1% biker.

How do YOU treat 1% bikers?

Please include photos.

45 posted on 04/21/2014 3:17:12 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: Alex Murphy

Please forward laundry?


46 posted on 04/21/2014 3:19:38 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: jodster36

No, I will still be mad at knee jerk reactionaries that lack one iota of common sense like the manager and franchise owner.

That Facebook crap they posted is just that...BS crap and CYA garbage. They are idiots and got exposed. Now they will be shamed and shunned as they should be.

Half assed intelligent people don’t do this. Only liberals with no ability to think.


47 posted on 04/21/2014 3:21:24 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conseravtives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: NorthMountain
And the owner, and the manager, of the store have the right to ask him to leave.

If only the Marine had been queer.

48 posted on 04/21/2014 3:24:03 PM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: meatloaf

“There’s at least three Pizza Huts in Green Bay. For some reason the phone numbers for all three, (920) 499-4554, (920) 468-4988 and (920) 432-8844 have been temporarily disconnected.”

I wonder how many called in pick-up orders they got stuck with today?


49 posted on 04/21/2014 3:41:07 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: grundle

Ok. I’ve been meaning to start a thread on this, but maybe a post here will do.

I stopped by my local Pizza Hut (here in central Indiana) last year for a quick carry out, and put it on my debit card.

I was looking at my bank statement and noticed a charge to LA RAZA Pizza Hut.

So, the next time I drove by the place, I stopped at the drive-through and asked to talk to the manager. The twenty something lunkhead informed me he was the manager. I asked him if this franchise was really LA RAZA Pizza Hut, and he replied it was, and gave me a business card. I asked him if he knew what LA RAZA meant and he said, “it means the family”. I asked him how he came up with that meaning and the said the owners told him that is the translation of the term.

I explained to him LA RAZA quite literally means “the race” and is the mexican equivalent of the KKK, bent on the reconquest of the southwestern United States through illegal immigration. That earned me a blank gaze from the young man, as though I were explaining quarks. I suggested he google the term and left it at that.

Researching LA RAZA Pizza Hut on the internet, I found it is indeed a franchisee with more than 40 stores in New Mexico and......wait for it....Indiana! (As an aside I knew we had a large illegal population, just by going to wal-mart and driving by roofing projects.)

I’m one of those people who vote with their dollar, as opposed to boycotting.
I don’t spend my money on Progressive Insurance, or say a JJ’s Rainbow Coalition Hamburger stand.

I think it’s wonderful people can legally immigrate to our country and attain success in the capitalist system. I don’t understand, though, how they can then try to undercut, or support groups undermining the system that made our country so desirable, that they wanted to come here in the first place.


50 posted on 04/21/2014 3:41:56 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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