In an astounding display of alleged ageism and racism, a Maryland taphouse drew the line on a longtime regular, an ‘old, white’ patron, sparking outrage and igniting a local protest against this shocking act of discrimination.
Dan’s Restaurant and Taphouse, a bustling Maryland hotspot, decided to show Neal Glessner, a 52-year-old regular, the door, labeling him as ‘old and white.’ This led to a dramatic upheaval in the small town, as people rallied outside the establishment, brandishing signs stating “old white men’s lives matter” – a bold juxtaposition to the Black Lives Matter movement, adding to the contentious climate.
Undeterred by the taphouse’s decision, Glessner decided to fight back. He responded with a discrimination lawsuit against the popular hangout, maintaining that the Boonsboro joint ousted him due to his age and race, ignoring his substantial weekly expenditure of around $500 on their offerings. This came despite his proven loyalty and contribution to the establishment.
In an expression of community solidarity, Boonsboro locals, irrespective of their color, rallied behind Glessner, standing up against this alleged unjust treatment. Glessner’s case, while facing the challenge of legal skepticism, holds that he experienced discrimination at the hands of his favorite spot’s staff on February 18, 2022, when he was unceremoniously banned for his age and race.
However, restaurant owner Charlotte Aufdem-Brinke offers an alternative narrative, portraying Glessner as a recurring nuisance rather than a victim. According to her, Glessner was not banned for being an ‘old, white man’, but for repeatedly displaying disruptive behavior towards their team. This reasoning, however, seems less of a justification and more of an attempt to cover-up a blatant act of prejudice.
The restaurant manager, Mike Skinner, was at the helm when Glessner was asked to leave. In addition to expelling Glessner, Skinner also showed the door to his friend for causing a disturbance, even resorting to calling the police. Although a bodycam footage allegedly showed Glessner behaving unruly, it seems more like an excuse to justify their ill-treatment.
Adding fuel to the fire, Skinner reportedly told Glessner’s friend, Joseph Michael, “You old, white people act like you own everything. Get the f*** out of here!” A regrettable choice of words, especially when spoken to a recently appointed judge by the Deputy State’s Attorney.
The bodycam footage records Michael asking, “I’m happy to go… but I just need to know if I’m banned or not?” To which Skinner responds, “Yes, you are banned. You are not allowed to come back in here.” Glessner alleges that Skinner continued to rant, although these additional comments were not caught on the body camera.
In the midst of this controversy, Glessner made it clear that this was not about Black Lives Matter, Trump, or any other political issue. He stated, “Anyone that thinks this is about Black Lives Matter, Trump, or any other political issue is ignoring the facts so they can promote an agenda that is not mine.” A poignant reminder that fairness and respect should transcend age, race, and political affiliations.