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Yelp reviewers give Canadian restaurant one-star reviews after it kicks out Trump supporter

Reviewers flooded the Yelp page of a Canadian restaurant with one-star reviews after a manager was fired for kicking out a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.

The Teahouse in Vancouver’s Stanley Park has come under fire for the incident, which occurred less than a week after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was kicked out of a Virginia restaurant.

The negative reviews came from both sides of the aisle, with some critiquing the restaurant for kicking out the patron, and other tearing into the restaurant for firing the manager.

“The cowardice decision to err on the wrong side of the fence to avoid negative publicity in a catch 22 position has definitely revealed the selfishness of the organization not to stand with their employees,” wrote one reviewer. “I agree with some other reviewers that wearing a MAGA hat these days is the same thing as wearing a black swazstika arm band. It is just offensive.”

“Management here practices discrimination and bigotry,” wrote another reviewer. “Will be cancelling my daughter’s bachelorette party of 50 after learning of this despicable behavior.”

Canada’s CBC News reported that the manager, who had worked at the restaurant for 18 months, told the customer that the restaurant would not serve him unless he removed the hat, a symbol of President Trump’s campaign.

{mosads}“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,” the former employee told CBC News.

The restaurant owners said they fired the employee because his actions did not align with their policy of hospitality and inclusiveness.

“[He] was aware what he was doing was probably contrary to our values and our philosophy as a company,” the restaurant’s general manager said.

Many reviewers accused the restaurant of aligning with “hate speech” and “racism,” and said that the employee was wrongfully terminated.

“Boycott this place,” added one reviewer. “This restaurant supports intolerance and discriminates against every minority group by not standing behind their manager’s decision. You lost all of my business.”

The Red Hen, the Virginia restaurant where the owner asked Sanders to leave last week, suffered similar online vitriol after kicking out the press secretary. In that case, Trump critics left five-star reviews while a flood of pro-Trump reviewers countered them with one-star reviews.

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