Roots Bistro Leaves Bad Taste in Mouth after Domestic Violence Joke

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There’s a growing controversy at Houston’s veggie friendly restaurant ‘Roots Bistro’. On the marquee, for everyone to see read, “Beer should be like violence: domestic”.

The sign spread like wildfire across the internet, causing the restaurant to remove the sign within 10 minutes.

But that didn’t stop the comments on their Facebook page. “Shame on you for that sign. Shame, shame, shame,” one angry patron wrote on the restaurant’s Facebook page among a flood of similar comments, according to Houston Press.

Another wrote, “Recommendation: Take the sign down, apologize and contact HAWC for badly needed training on the horrors of domestic violence.”

But instead of apologizing ‘Roots’ replaced the sign with another that read, “Seriously, focus your energy on equal rights.” Way to try and turn it around on us. Domestic violence deserves our attention as well.

The restaurant later posted a new sign on its marquee that read: “Sorry a million times over Houston.”

The GM later issued this apology on Facebook: “As the General Manager of Roots Bistro I would like to formally apologize for our recent signage . In no way would we ever ever promote violence on any level. We work tirelessly to support the people and organizations in this city and would never want to hurt or offend anyone.”

I am shocked at this sign, and will not be giving them any of my business. Since they are so ignorant at ‘Roots’ allow me to serve up some stats for them.

Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.

Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States, more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined, according to a Senate judiciary report.

7% of all Texans indicate that they, a family member and/or a friend or coworker have experienced some form of domestic violence (physical, sexual or verbal) in their lifetime.

Talk about leaving a bad taste in your mouth.

If you are someone you know is a victim of domestic violence please call this number: 713-528-2121.

And that’s today’s helping of The Online Dish with Maggie.

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