Texas Bar Apologizes For Handwritten Sign With Domestic Beer/Violence “Joke”

domviolencebadHere is an example of a joke: Why can’t you trust atoms? Because they make up everything. Here is an example of not a joke: Anything making light of serious crimes that can hurt and kill people, including a sign linking domestic beer to domestic violence that caused a furor after a patron at a Texas bar spotted it and posted it online.

The Plano, Texas bar featured a handwritten “joke” on a blackboard that read: “I like my beer like I like my violence. Domestic.” With a heart after that, because what? Sigh.

One woman tells WFAA-TV that she couldn’t believe what she was reading on the chalkboard, and snapped a photo of it.

“How does someone think it’s OK to put something like that up there?” she asked.

She says she asked the female bartender who had apparently written the sign to erase it, as well as two managers, and no one would take it down. So she went home and posted the details of her visit with the photo on Facebook — and it seems the bar is now paying attention.

A regional manager told the news station that the message was erased, and the manager on duty that day was indefinitely suspended without pay. The bar’s owners say it will now use a new system to make sure any sign that’s posted is approved first. In an attempt to make up for any offense, the business will also donate to a local women’s shelter in Plano.

The bar also posted the below message on its Facebook page to apologize, writing:

“It has come to our attention that one of our female employees wrote something offensive without owner’s approval. Domestic violence is something our family unfortunately has overcome in the past, therefore this subject is one we don’t take lightly. We are currently investigating the situation and proper actions will be taken immediately. We thank you for your patience and again want to ensure this is not our stance.”

The customer who snapped the pic says the donation and pledge to work with the women’s shelter is the step in the right direction. And for critics who think she overreacted to the “joke,” she says she did it for survivors of domestic violence.

“I want to give them a voice,” she said. “It can be a really powerful thing for change.”

Sign ‘joking’ about domestic violence sparks outrage at Plano bar [WFAA-TV]

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  1. oomingmak says:

    I’m going to reserve judgement until I find out what Lena Dunham thinks about this.

  2. CommonC3nts says:

    They should not apologize for a joke. People need to grow up and stop acting like everything is offensive. The women who took a picture of the sign and complained is a moron.

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    • Xenotaku says:

      [Edit: took out some heated, inappropriate comments]

      Domestic violence is /not/ a joke. Neither is rape, murder, or anything else that is an attack on another person. Do you realize how many women are killed by their boyfriends and/or husbands? I saw the numbers the other day. From September 10, 2001 to sometime in June 2012, more women were killed by domestic violence than the COMBINED number of Americans killed by terrorism, in Afganistan, and in Iraq. COMBINED.

      Domestic violence and other crimes against women are a serious problem in this country. If you think that having a problem with a “joke” like that is equal to being “a moron” and that you should just “grow up”, then you need mental help, because there is obviously something wrong with you.

      • SingleMaltGeek says:

        To be fair, it’s not always black and white. As an example, IMO Louis CK can joke about these types of issues because everything about his act indicates that he’s a genuinely nice guy, and he makes some really insightful observations about power disparities without being overly pedantic about it. (He’s actually referred to the concept behind #YesAllWomen before it was a hashtag.)

        The “joke” on the blackboard, however, was not at all funny, and not making fun of perpetrators, but rather sounding like it supported them, which was why it wasn’t funny even in an edgy way. It was trying to shock simply to get attention, which is pretty pathetic and sad.