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Restaurant Manager Has ‘No Regrets’ After Losing Job For Denying Service To Trump Supporter

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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.”

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.

And the conversation about serving Trump supporters continued.

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.

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.



Written by Evan Brechtel

Evan Brechtel is a writer and actor living in New York. A Fordham University graduate, he also writes a monthly column for Chosen Magazine and is currently working on a historical fiction novel about New York queer bars over the twentieth century.