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Server ejects customers who made alleged anti-gay remarks

There's no place for homophobia at Saskatoon's Congress Beer House.
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Chiara O. Scuri, February 8, 2014 6:52:07 AM

Social injustice makes the blood boil, but unfortunately it remains a prominent fact of life.

As long as there are ignorant bullies roaming around in packs, there will be countless examples of those bullies hurting others.

Thankfully, there are also brave, compassionate individuals who aren’t about to take that crap.

Still, when Dustin Seidler was out at a Saskatoon pub recently, and had to brush off homophobic remarks from a nearby table, he didn’t expect that one of the pub’s servers would refuse to do the same.

As he tells CTV News, Dustin had gotten up from his table to use the restroom. On his way back to his table, he passed by a group of four men, one of whom allegedly made a hateful crack about homosexuals.

Though he was prepared to ignore it, a sad fact of life for those who have become accustomed to hateful and bigoted discrimination, Lindsay Ogresko wasn’t having it.

The Congress Beer House server printed out the bill for the offending table, brought it over to them, and asked them to leave after they finished their drinks.

“‘I can’t serve you because I don’t feel what you did was appropriate,’” she recalled telling them to the news network.

It’s rare to read about a place of business that would risk losing business in order to take such a strong moral stand, but it seems like Lindsay works for the right people.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, or a woman or a man, or gay or straight. It’s not accepted to make others feel uncomfortable with inappropriate comments,” the bar’s co-owner Blair Voth-Miller said.

Now that’s a place I’d gladly spend a fun, hate-free Friday night.


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