A Montreal bar called Furco has come under fire for refusing to allow reservists from the Canadian Grenadier Guards into the establishment on Sunday.
Some reports say that staff told the group that “having military personnel in the bar was bad for business and that they would intimidate other patrons.”
Allegedly, a group of 10 soldiers arrived at the bar after leaving their regimental ball where they are allowed to wear their uniforms in public. This group was seated without incident. A second group arrived 20 minutes later and were turned away.
The bar has since apologized for the incident with a lengthy Facebook message.
Here is a link to an article and our full apology about the regretful events of last Sunday morning. As you’ll read in the article, we have apologized individually to those who voiced their dissatisfaction on our Facebook page. We have also taken action to ensure such an event does not happen again. We have been in touch with Captain Anhorn of the Armed Forces who assured us that he has accepted our apology on behalf of the parties concerned and is satisfied that the matter is resolved. We wish to put the matter behind us and count on the continued support of our loyal patrons who, we sincerely hope, will include members of the military.
We sincerely apologize for the unpleasant events that occurred early Sunday morning at Furco. We feel it is important to clarify that the decision to deny a group access to our premises was taken for operational reasons and not as a means of discrimination against members of the military. We at Furco have nothing but the greatest respect for all members of the Canadian Armed Forces and we are proud to count them as some of our regular patrons. The manager on duty, after having already granted admission to a large group of military patrons less than one hour before closing time, was not in a position to admit yet another large group of any clients shortly before closing and with the premises at capacity. The patrons already inside were always welcome to remain on the premises until closing and were never asked to leave. Following this incident, we will train our staff to manage our patrons’ expectations more effectively and with the sensitivity and respect they deserve.”
However, some patrons have not accepted the apology with several saying they will boycott Furco.
“No, not a place I want to go to. No respect for our military = no respect for the country they serve,” the top 'liked' comment on the message reads. Others call the apology 'shameful' and not enough.
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