Man Claims NYC Bar Denied Him Service Over Pro-Trump Hat


A Philadelphia man has sued a New York City bar after he says he was denied service because he was wearing a hat supporting President Donald Trump.

The New York Post reports Greg Piatek says in the lawsuit that he and his friends were initially served drinks at The Happiest Hour on Jan. 28. But he says once a bartender noticed his “Make America Great Again” hat, he asked Piatek if it was “a joke.” He says a second round of drinks was “slammed” down on the bar.

The suit claims a manager later asked Piatek to leave, saying he was told by the bar owner that “anyone who supports Trump or believes what you believe is not welcome here.”

The bar didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.



  1. Civil rights law do not protect against private (non-government) discrimination based on political views, and probably protect the right of someone to refuse to associate with someone or something for political reasons.

    However under the common law, a public merchant was required to serve all the public (discrimination was legal only if authorized by statute, such as Jim Crow, or if the business defined itself as non-public, e.g., as a “private, members only” club).

    Of course, in New York and Philadelphia most judges are fanatic liberals who see Trump as the “devil”, and probably consider it good public policy to persecute anyone who doesn’t actively oppose the president.