Brewpub’s founder writes about banning sexist customer

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (WFLA) – An Indianapolis brewpub founder’s Facebook post has gone viral. Jordan Gleason of Black Acre Brewing Company took to social media April 1 to write about a sexist customer.

“Today I had to explain to a 60-year-old man why he was banned from the pub,” Gleason writes. “In January he made several sexist remarks about the female staff that were working. He told them to their faces that that he liked looking at their tits while they washed dishes and their asses while they were pouring drinks.”

Staff members told the man he was not allowed to come back – but he did, the post says. The man actually returned to the brewpub twice and on the second occasion demanded to talk to a manager.

“I sat with him for a few minutes as he explained that what he said would have been okay 20 years ago and that it was just some off-color remarks. He told me he had apologized and that he guessed my servers were too sensitive,” Gleason says. “He then told me that if what he said was a problem, then I should tell them not to wear low-cut shirts and that I should face the dish washing sink away from customers.”

The founder then told the man he would not be allowed back, despite pleas. “I told him flatly that wasn’t happening and that what he said to those ladies was incredibly offensive,” Gleason explains. “The simple fact that he couldn’t understand that just because they were working didn’t mean they deserve his disrespectful language, that these ladies were part of my family and were human beings that deserved respect. They aren’t objects, and they certainly shouldn’t have to wear different clothes because he can’t be bothered with showing them any decency or respect.”

Gleason says all service industry workers deal with some nasty treatment but it’s women who deal with the bulk of the trouble. “The sheer number of times they get groped, or harassed or treated like objects would blow your mind. The worst of it is how normal their harassers think their behavior is,” he writes.

“Men, we often don’t see the level of filth that our friends, sisters, and mothers go through every day. We hope to surround ourselves with people who would never treat a woman like that. We live in a safe little bubble. But the reality of this thing? It’s an insidious disease that’s happening every single day, several times a day and it turns my f****** stomach,” he adds.


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