A Texas bar is taking heat after an employee used the establishment's chalkboard sidewalk sign to crack a controversial joke supporting domestic violence.
"I like my beer like I like my violence: domestic," read the sign propped outside of Minibar in Austin, Texas.
Austin resident Seetha Kulandaisamy, who happens to volunteer at a women's shelter in the city, was stunned when she came across the sign and uploaded a photo of it to Facebook and Instagram. It was later picked up by Reddit, sparking outrage from commenters.
"I walked by the sign on Friday night, and my first response was just anger," Kulandaisamy tells ABC. "I currently am a volunteer at the women's shelter in Austin, so my sensitivity is extra high, but I think my reaction would have been the same regardless. Not only was it offensive, but it was also just bad humor."
The sign was in particular bad taste given its timing -- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The bar removed the sign the next morning after receiving complaints from locals. The owner, Alex Elmiger, fired the employee responsible for the sign, claiming the sign does not reflect the bar's views.
"Minibar doesn't condone that sign," says Elmiger. "I give my utmost apology and assure it won't happen again. As soon as it was brought to my attention, I wanted to do something to rectify the situation."
His apology also came with a new sign posted outside the bar, promoting that for every domestic beer sold in the month of October, he will be donating $1 to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Sadly, this isn't the first time the nasty joke has made an appearance at a Texas bar.
Houston restaurant Roots Bistro found itself in the middle of a social media frenzy in April after one of its employees posted a sign that read: "Beer should be like violence: domestic."
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