A sign on display at a Plano bar making a joke about domestic violence and domestic beers has triggered a firestorm.
Courtney Williams wrote in a post on her Facebook page that on Saturday, she was at Scruffy Duffies in the Shops at Legacy when she noticed a sign that read, “I like my beer how I like my violence[…]Domestic.”
The bar said on Tuesday it has suspended the bar's manager without pay.
Williams said on Saturday she told two managers that the sign offended her and asked that it be taken down.
“He asked my name, I told him,” Williams wrote. “He introduced himself and shook my hand. He then proceeded to tell me the sign was a joke, and that it rotates different things all the time. When I told him it was in extremely poor taste and that I’d appreciate it being taken down, he told me to calm down, and that if I hadn’t been so ‘aggressive’ the conversation would go better.”
Williams said she left to gather her things from a friend’s and returned to the bar to say goodbye to the group she was with, but was denied entrance back inside. She said that by that point, the sign had been removed, possibly at the urging of one of her friends.
Williams' Facebook post has been shared more than 1,300 times.
On Monday, Scruffy Duffies took to Facebook, saying, “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.”
Those who work with domestic violence victims said the incident is a reminder that violence and humor shouldn't mix.
"When we make domestic violence a joke, it impacts not only women who have been victims but it also says to our culture, hey this is ok, not only to joke about, but to do and it's not," said a Hope's Door staffer.