SALT LAKE CITY, UT - It is something you wouldn't expect to hear in the year 2016. A man in Utah says he was denied service at a bar because of his ethnicity. Frank Maea recorded video after he and a friend tried to order drinks at Willie's in Salt Lake City but were instead asked to leave. The video has attracted attention on social media. Maea says the bartender told him, "I can't serve Polynesians." Maea also says the woman said, "I could lose my job."
Users on Facebook posted reviews of the restaurant attached to Maea's video, saying that the bar racially profiles their patrons. The bar responded, saying, "due to many issues we've had with certain groups of people we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."
Owner Jeremy Cloyd says the bartender made the decision because of a safety rule when two female bartenders work alone. He elaborated, "any massive groups of people -- and, granted two's not a group but it's a judgment call -- whether it be Polynesians, jail birds, or anybody that's shady-looking, do not serve."