Plano Bar Scruffy Duffies Gets Lambasted For Posting Dumb Domestic Violence Joke On A Chalkboard.
Another week, another bar in trouble: A week after yet another shitstorm of controversy surrounding Uptown bar Kung Fu Saloon and its allegedly racist door policies, another North Texas bar is under hot water for insensitive behavior.
The bar in question this time? Scruffy Duffies, a sports bar in Plano's The Shops at Legacy, which over the weekend scribbled the following text to a chalkboard behind its bar: “I like my beer like I like my violence. Domestic.”
At least one female patron at the bar on Saturday wasn't amused — and, when expressing her frustration to the bar staff and its managers over their use of domestic violence in a poor attempt at humor, she received only condescension in return. Later, she was barred from entering the bar. Or so goes Courtney Williams' account of her Saturday afternoon at the bar, which she posted to Facebook on Sunday. Almost immediately, her post went viral.
Here's Williams' full account:
Thing is, this horrible joke is hardly new. Nor is this the first time that a bar has found itself in trouble upon using it.
This past April, a similar controversy saw a bar staffer in Philadelphia use the joke on a sidewalk sign — a move that resulted in that staffer getting fired. This past October, the same thing happened at an Austin bar, with said establishment eventually agreeing to donate $1 for every beer sold over the span of a month to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as repercussion.
As for Scruffy Duffies' response? An acknowledgment that the joke was inappropriate and a promise to further look into the matter.
Update at 2:44 p.m.: The Dallas Morning News reports that the owners of Scruffy Duffies have fired their bar's general manager as a result of this incident. In part, the statement acquired by the DMN reads: “In our eyes it was his responsibility to recognize and not allow something of this matter to take place in our stores. We will ensure that something like this will never happen again.”
Well, now. Cheers to a swift end to this deal? Sure.
Meanwhile, everyone at Kung Fu Saloon appears to remain gainfully employed as of this posting.
Cover photo via Scruffy Duffies' web site.