In Kentwood Michigan, the staff of a Dave and Buster’s arcade and restaurant asked several guests to remove an ‘offensive’ article of clothing. The guests were members of the famous veterans’ group the American Legion. The article of clothing they were asked to remove were their vests because Dave and Buster’s staff felt that the patches on their vests had images signifying gang affiliation. On the vests were the Prisoner of War flag, American flag, and bald eagle patches.
Can you believe the idiocracy? It doesn’t take a genius or even a military expert to know these symbols are not gang related, but apparently, Dave and busters hire the dumbest people on the planet. How ignorant can they be?
Just let it sink in…
As Military.com reported:
Victor Murdock and Adrienne Brown of the American Legion Riders Post 179 out of Grandville say they were told they couldn’t wear their vests inside the Kentwood restaurant. The vests have patches of the American flag, the Prisoner of War flag and a bald eagle.
The Texas-based company said in a statement that the group was asked to remove the jackets or turn them inside out because the business’ dress code prohibits evidence of gang affiliation. Spokeswoman April Spearman said the policy was in place “to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy themselves in a fun and safe environment.”
“Though we understand that the American Legion promotes a positive mission, for consistency reasons we cannot allow motorcycle jackets displaying patches or rockers,” she said.
Murdock said he doesn’t see how the policy would apply to American Legion affiliates.
Seriously? The spokesperson for the company still believes that the American Legion is a gang? you have got to be kidding me. This is the dumbest company policy that I have ever heard of. What Dave and Busters’s is saying is that anyone that comes into their restaurant or arcade with patches on their clothing will be asked to remove said clothing. So, if the girl scouts of America entered a Dave and Buster’s’ you think they would have been treated like this? I don’t think so. Use some common since Dave and Buster’s!
The truth is that these vets were blatantly disrespected and it’s disconcerting. If Dave and Buster’s knew what the American Legion represented and that it’s the most respected and well-established organizations for helping veterans, would they still have done treated them this way?
According to America’s Freedom Fighters, the American Legion has a long history of good work for veterans and for helping their communities.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemen, and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.
It’s really unbelievable that Dave and Buster’s has the audacity lump these American Legion members in the same category as criminal gang members. Get your act together Dave and Buster’s and show some respect to the men and woman who gave their life for your freedom!
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