Manager of Vancouver Restaurant Fired After Refusing to Serve Trump Supporter

An attendee wearing a hat reading “Make America Great Again” waits for the arrival of Donald Trump, 2016 Republican presidential nominee, during a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S., on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Trump enthusiastically greeted the explosive return of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server to the presidential race just minutes after the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced its decision to review messages newly discovered as part of a separate inquiry. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The manager of a popular Vancouver tourist restaurant has been fired after refusing service to a supporter of Donald Trump.

A man wearing one of the U.S. president’s “Make America Great Again” hats was refused service at the Teahouse in Stanley Park on Tuesday by Darin Hodge.

According to the restaurant’s general manager, the man was seated on the patio that evening when Hodge, the floor manager at the time, confronted him.

“[He] took over the table and requested that he take the hat off,” said Andy Crimp.

“[The customer] said he had a right to wear it. [Hodge] said if you don’t take the hat off, we won’t serve you. And the man left.”

The Sequoia Company, which runs the restaurant, says Hodge was fired for not following its “philosophy of tolerance.”

He had worked at the restaurant for about 18 months, according to staff.

‘Absolutely no regrets’
Hodge was unapologetic in a statement to CBC News.

“I stand by my decision,” he wrote via Facebook. “The MAGA hat has come to symbolize racism, bigotry, Islamophobia, misogyny, white supremacy, [and] homophobia.”

“As a person with a strong moral backbone, I had to take a stand against this guest’s choice of headwear while in my former place of work. Absolutely no regrets,” he added.

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SOURCE: CBC News, Jon Hernandez