Good people in this country stand against Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric every day. Trump’s message of divisiveness and hate has now jumped across our northern border and infected Canada. Canadians are known the world over as nice, polite people, but even they have a breaking point when confronted with a message of hate. The manager of a popular Vancouver restaurant recently got fired from his job for refusing to serve a man wearing a MAGA hat.
CBC reported that Darin Hodge was the floor manager of the Teahouse in Stanley Park Tuesday, when he saw a customer wearing a MAGA hat and politely asked him to remove it. The man wearing the symbol of hate and intolerance said that he had a right to wear the hat if he wanted to. Hodge informed him that if he didn’t remove the hat then he wouldn’t be served…so the man got up and left.
The Sequoia Company, which owns the restaurant, saw things a bit differently and fired Hodge for going against the company’s philosophy of tolerance. Hodge didn’t seem to have any problems with the restaurant letting him go. In fact he was proud that he stood up for what’s right by refusing to serve someone spreading a message of hate. He wrote on his Facebook page,
‘I stand by my decision. 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 head wear while in my former place of work. Absolutely no regrets.’
Most likely, Hodge won’t have any problems finding another job. Most employers like to have employees with a strong sense of right and wrong. They like to have people who will do the right thing when confronted by symbols of hate and evil. So cheers to one of our northern neighbors for helping us stop the spread of Trump’s sick message.
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