Over the weekend, a Dallas man was booted from the Richardson outpost of First Watch Cafe for wearing a t-shirt that read “Fuck Trump, and fuck you for voting for him” on the front.
Andy Ternay wore the offending t-shirt to brunch at the Richardson cafe on Sunday, and while he was eating, a manager reportedly asked him to leave. According to The Daily Beast, other diners at the restaurant complained that the shirt, which also read “Fuck the racist alt-right” on the back, were “distressed [and noted] that children might see it.” A police officer was reportedly called to the restaurant, but no arrests were made. A server, however, did reportedly “quit his job on the spot” in response to Ternay’s treatment.
Ternay shared his experience in a Facebook post, which racked up hundreds of thousands of shares and likes before it was made private or deleted. After the post went viral, people from all over the country began leaving one-star reviews of the restaurant on Yelp, citing the incident with Ternay. In a reply to one of the reviews, a “First Watch customer service” rep named only as Rebecca issued the following statement:
When we asked the gentleman to leave our restaurant yesterday, it was in response to complaints from customers and families with young children regarding the vulgar obscenities boldly emblazoned on his shirt. Just as young children cannot go to R rated movies that feature language like that, we do not believe they should be exposed to it in a family restaurant and we absolutely understand our customers’ uneasiness. Despite claims to the contrary made by others who are uninformed of the event specifics, this incident has nothing to do with any political statement. Thank you.
Despite the kerfluffle, it appears that Ternay has no regrets. “I don’t want people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ [people], immigrants to feel alone,” Ternay told The Daily Beast. “The proper use of white male privilege is to help lift others. To speak truth to power.”
See below for a photo of the anti-Trump t-shirt: