GR Bar Apologizing For Asking a Veteran and Service Dog to Leave
WZZM13 is reporting that The Holiday Bar on 5th Street NW in Grand Rapids has announced they’ll donate all of Sunday’s sales to the Grand Rapids Veterans' Home as part of an apology for an incident that happened Friday night when they asked a Marine veteran with a service dog to leave.
Someone who was also at the bar shared a post about the incident on Facebook which was then shared over 4,000 times.
The Holiday Bar told WZZM13 in a statement that they realize this doesn’t fix what happened but is part of a bigger apology:
"The donation is a part of a public apology, and an effort to raise awareness about the importance of service animals after U.S. Marines with a service dog were asked to leave over the weekend for the safety of the animal and the other guests in a dark and busy environment."
The manager involved in the incident told WZZM he was only looking out for the safety of the animal and the patrons, but realized his actions were disrespectful and unprofessional. He also told WZZM13 that he was embarrassed:
"Words can't express my shame and embarrassment for the situation at The Holiday Bar on Friday night," the manager said. "I want to offer my deepest and sincerest apologies to the U.S. Marines involved."
The Holiday Bar say they want to help create a conversation about the importance of service animals for veterans and want other bars and restaurants to join in that conversation. They have also reached out to the patron on Friday night and are continuing a dialog with him.