Jon Neidich who runs The Happiest Hour bar in Manhattan’s trendy West Village says he has received more than two dozen threats of violence
The owner of a New York City bar that kicked out a Trump supporter who was wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap says he is now receiving death threats ever since the incident.
Jon Neidich, who runs The Happiest Hour bar in Manhattan’s West Village, says he has received more than two dozen threats of violence since they refused to serve accountant Greg Piatek in January 2017.
‘We’ve been trolled on social media pretty intensely,’ he told the New York Post.
Neidich said that he is ‘surprised by the amount of hate that seems to be harbored’ against him.
The threats began after Philadelphia native Piatek, 31, was chucked out of the bar while still wearing the Trump slogan hat.
Piatek then decided to sue the bar in Manhattan Supreme Court, claiming he was discriminated against because of his political beliefs.
Staff working at The Happiest Hour say they have received death threats
He claimed the incident ‘offended his sense of being American’.
Greg Piatek, 31 (pictured), a Trump supporter sued a New York City bar for discrimination after he was thrown out for wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat lost his lawsuit
The lawsuit was tossed by a judge who ruled his political beliefs were not protected under city and state law.
Piatek said in his court suit that a manager told him, ‘Anyone who supports Trump — or believes in what you believe — is not welcome here! And you need to leave right now because we won’t serve you!’
But in court Neidich said his staff instructed Piatek to leave because he was being ‘drunk and belligerent’ and cat-calling a female bartender after three hours drinking with his friends.
When asked if he welcomes Trump supporters he would simply state: ‘Do we welcome them? We don’t discriminate.’
Neidich and his staff have reported the death threats to the police.
The NYPD who have confirmed that two reports have been filed so far.
Paul Liggieri, Piatek’s attorney, said his client’s hat was a ‘spiritual tribute’ to September 11 victims and that he should be protected under an anti-discrimination statute