A Donald Trump supporter is claiming she and a retired judge were kicked out of a Mexican restaurant because of the pro-Trump hat and pin she was wearing.
Esther Levy, a writer in of Orange County, New York, and Alvin Goldstein, the judge, went to the Cancun Inn Restaurant in Sugar Loaf, New York, but according to Levy, were asked to leave.
The Cancun Inn is now being bombarded with negative reviews and comments on Facebook, prompting the establishment to issue a statement of its own, saying “they were being rude to the staff and rowdy due to intoxication.”
But Levy told Epoch Times that the Cancun Inn’s allegations about her being intoxicated and rowdy are “all lies.”
“All lies that we were rude to staff, intoxicated, didn’t like our napkins, [and] talking against illegal immigrants,” she said.
Levy added that she’ll be suing the restaurant for “emotional duress, lies, slander, libel and defamation of character. I’m horrified that they have been talking to the press and smearing me there and on Facebook.”
The New York Post first reported the story, saying Levy, 61, was wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat and a Trump button. Levy’s Facebook profile picture shows her wearing the red hat.
After they sat down and ordered two sangrias from a waitress without incident, the server soon returned, telling them they had to leave, according to the Post report. “She [the waitress] seemed very surprised by it all and was told to refuse us service. We just got up and started to leave,” Levy told the Post.
A man who identified as the co-owner of the Cancun Inn then allegedly criticized Levy and Goldstein for supporting Trump as they exited the building. “On the way out, the co-owner decided to yell at me and humiliate me,” Levy told the paper. “He said, ‘We don’t serve Trump supporters here. Get out of here and never come back.’ ”
After the story was picked up by other news outlets, the Cancun Inn responded on Facebook.
“An employee of ours asked the patrons to leave because they were being rude to the staff and rowdy due to intoxication. I’m personally looking into the facts based on what our staff witnessed and what’s been posted here on Facebook,” the post on July 4 read. “I would like to speak with the customers involved so please call the restaurant so I can get your side of the story.”
On Wednesday afternoon, the restaurant issued another statement, thanking patrons for their support.
“Some, perhaps, forget that we are in fact one human race. Yes; we come from different cultures but we all inhabit this pale blue dot we call home,” it read.