The fact that a popular arcade and restaurant chain would disrespect veterans is truly outrageous. As the son and grandson of veterans that served our country this is only angers me and if you are a veteran or had any family members that served this should make you angry as well.
The franchise in which I am talking about is Dave & Buster’s and the location I am speaking of is in Kentwood, Michigan. What happened will make you sick and disguised that an American food establishment would treat people that served our country proudly.
Victor Murdock and Adrienne Brown of the American Legion Riders Post 179 out of Grandville, Michigan decided to go to Dave & Buster’s to eat and was told that they had to remove their vests or turn them inside out. So what was so offensive about the vests that the veterans you are problem wondering that would make the manager of Dave & Buster’s ask them to remove them? The vests have patches of the American flag, the Prisoner of War flag and a bald eagle. So tell be what is so offensive about the vest that the veterans wear? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!
Victor Murdock said shortly after entering the Dave & Buster’s, he was first asked to remove his hat.
“At first it was my beanie, so I agreed to take it off, but that wasn’t good enough for the manager.”
Murdock says it didn’t end there.
“As I turned to go to the bathroom to take off my beanie, the manager was standing there and placed his hand on my chest and told me I wasn’t allowed in there,” said Murdock. “We all asked why and he said it was because the jackets were gang related.”
Murdock said he doesn’t see how the policy would apply to American Legion affiliates.
“I get it,” he said. “Everyone has to have a policy to keep the unwanted element out. But an American flag and a bald eagle does not represent a gang element.”
Dave & Busters states in their business’ dress code it prohibits the evidence of gang affiliation. According to spokeswoman April Spearman the policy was in place “to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy themselves in a fun and safe environment.”
So let me get this straight according to their policy, Dave & Buster’s they consider the United States military and their soldiers in the same category as the Crips, Bloods, MS13 and other gangs. Tell me how ridiculous the thinking of Dave & Buster’s is. To me this is nothing but a slap in the face to all current military and to all veterans.