A Maryland resident has taken legal action against a bar in his area, alleging that he was excluded from the premises solely because of his age and skin color. According to him, the establishment is discriminating against “old white” people like himself.
On February 18th, 2022, 52-year-old Neal Glessner was unceremoniously removed from Dan’s Restaurant & Taphouse in Boonsboro and is now suing for $500,000 in damages.
Glessner, a typical patron of the restaurant, expressed his dissatisfaction with how long it was taking for him to receive his takeout order. After he departed with his meal, manager Mike Skinner supposedly requested that Glessner’s acquaintance inform him that he had been forbidden from returning, per the lawsuit which initially surfaced in December 2022 and then revised recently.
Although the identity of the friend was not revealed in court, multiple news outlets including Hagerstown Herald Mail have identified him as Circuit Judge Joseph Michael.
When Michael declined to communicate Skinner’s message, the angry supervisor purportedly shouted at him in fury “You old, white people act like you own everything. Get the f–k out of here!”
As soon as the police arrived, bodycam footage of that evening demonstrated Michael walking away from the bar without incident. Per video evidence acquired by The Herald Mail, Skinner could clearly be heard saying to Michael: “You [and Glessner] are not allowed to come back here again.”
Almost twelve months after the incident, Glessner professed that he had later found out about Dan’s “history of demonstrating animus towards white people.”
Glessner, the proprietor of an IT solutions and hardware business, claims that at least six other Caucasian males were forbidden from Dan’s establishment for “otherwise inexplicable reasons.”
Last week, Charlotte Aufdem-Brinke (co-owner of the restaurant with her ex-husband Dan) openly criticized Glessner’s lawsuit as “frivolous” on Facebook.
“Mr. Glessner was asked to leave our restaurant due to repeated occurrences of disruptive behavior against members of our team. Nothing more. Nothing less,” she adamantly proclaimed that she and her previous partner opened Dan’s as “a place where everyone feels a sense of belonging.”
Glessner’s lawsuit was endorsed by local far-right activist Shaun Porter, who had a small group of demonstrators hold “Old White Men’s Lives Matter” and “It Is Okay to be White” signs in front of the business on Sunday, according to WUSA9.
In a message to the outlet, Charlotte Aufdem-Brinke joyfully declared that despite everything, their restaurant had its best weekend in months! Boldly printed on the windows were the words “They tried to bury us, but they don’t know we are seeds.”
Glessner said that “Dan and Charlotte Aufdem-Brinke are trying to paint me as an angry racist who is willfully acting to dismantle their business with what they term ‘a frivolous, baseless lawsuit.'”
“This couldn’t be further from the truth.”
On Monday, Glessner further clarified that “anyone who thinks this is about BLM, Trump, or any other political issue is ignoring the facts to promote a political agenda that is not mine.”
According to Aufdem-Brinke’s own words, Glessner’s suit was well supported “solely on his animosity toward my personal views and our advocacy for social and economic justice.”
She dismissed his efforts as a feeble endeavor to “bully a successful small businesswoman and community activist into submission.”
On Tuesday, Dan announced on Facebook that after granting his hardworking employees a day off to relax and recuperate, the taphouse had reopened its doors.
“We will not be discouraged, we will not be stopped. Join us!” the official message stated.