A man who lost his job for booting a Trump supporter from the restaurant he managed, is not backing down.
Darin Hodge was the manager of the Stanley Park Teahouse in Vancouver, Canada, when a guest arrived in a “Make America Great Again” cap.
After requesting the guest take off the hat while on the premises, the guest responded that wearing the hat was his right. It was then that Hodge ejected the Trump supporter from the restaurant.
Hodge soon found himself out of a job because of it, when the owners, The Sequoia Company, terminated him for not following their philosophy of “tolerance.”
Yet the manager isn’t apologizing.
“I stand by my decision,” Hodge wrote via Facebook.
“The MAGA hat has come to symbolize racism, bigotry, [I]slamophobia, misogyny, white supremacy, [and] homophobia.”
Darin Hodge, the manager fired from the Stanley Park Teahouse over a MAGA hat dispute has released a statement. pic.twitter.com/34SUHQYpl5— Simon Little (@simonplittle) June 29, 2018
The incident occurred fresh on the heels of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders being asked to leave The Red Hen, a farm-to-table restaurant in Lexington, Virginia.
Sanders and President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident. Soon social media was fiercely debating whether Trump supporters should demand civility while publicly espousing values that many view as a threat to human rights everywhere.
Twitter came to Hodge’s defense.
Darin Hodge, his name is Darin Hodge - if you have a job, I believe he's a moral and courageous person who needs one.— Norma Jane (@jspackma) June 30, 2018
Hey I live in Vancouver...wherever Darren Hodge is hired next, I will drink there and eat your wings and/or other available vittles.— Francis Brian Shaw (@FBSisnothere) June 30, 2018
I fully applaud Darin Hodge. He knew he could be fired and he took a stand. This stupid hat represents a swastika to me.— Jean Podrasky ? (@JeanPodrasky) June 30, 2018
Btw, if a restaurant allows customers to wear the stupid hats on their premises, you’ve lost ME as a customer.#SequoiaRestaurants
Well done Darin Hodge!— The Robfather (@Tainted_Donuts) June 30, 2018
I’ve emailed the #SequoiaRestaurants and made it clear I will not be patronizing the #Teahouse #SeasonsInThePark #Carderos or #Sandbar until a formal apology is issued.#Vancouver #YVR #YVREats https://t.co/Nu3SRMy6ay
Darin Hodge is a man of principles & integrity. The world needs more Darins. ?????????— Audrey Farrelly (@LadyBruce1) June 30, 2018
And the conversation about serving Trump supporters continued.
Shame on the restaurant for firing him. The client obviously supports the racist and vile beliefs of Trump and we don’t need those views in Canada.— Toni Lord (@ToniDebL) June 30, 2018
Can't be too long until just about every customer and service provider have blacklisted each other into oblivion— SW (@99sillywalks) July 1, 2018
Disagree with what the manager did, but also think it is poor manners to wear a hat (any hat) at the dinner table.— Ellen Santarcangelo (@LNCJC) June 30, 2018
Sure, give Sarah Sanders 'secret service protection', but what about protection for all the people who are threatened by Trump's rhetoric?— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) June 28, 2018
One person even pointed out, directly to the restaurant, Trump’s approval ratings in Canada. Only 11% of the population supports Trump in Canada and an overwhelming 81% of Canadians do not.
You were completely wrong to fire Darin Hodge. That MAGA hat represents violence, racism, and misogyny. Did it ever occur to you that it might have made customers uncomfortable and your employee was acting on their behalf? Recent poll: only 11% of Canadians approve of Trump. pic.twitter.com/VBT9GfTV1z— WATSONWORK (@WatsonWork1) June 30, 2018
The Sequoia Company, who owns the Stanley Park Teahouse, has yet to say whether it regrets firing Hodge. But with all the online support he’s getting, it doesn’t look like Hodge will be unemployed for long.