A black customer at an Indianapolis restaurant may have a genuine beef. Not with the food or service, but a beef with a dress code that forbids large chains to be worn outside shirts.
Jerry Bond could have just put his cross necklace under his shirt, but instead decided to leave Kilroy’s. His friends are organizing a protest.
INDIANAPOLIS — A group of disgruntled patrons is planning to protest a restaurant in Indianapolis after a man said he was asked to leave because of his necklace.
Jerry Bond said that he was singled out unfairly.
“They said ‘Well, you’ve got to remove your necklace, this one, because they said it’s a large necklace,” Bond said.
A night out with friends quickly turned into a confrontation with one of the bouncers at Kilroy’s in Broad Apple after Bond wore a cross on his chain inside the restaurant.
“The bouncer comes back over, really bad attitude, [and says] ‘We’re going to ask you to either tuck your necklace, remove it or you have to leave,” Bond said. “I’m not going to tuck my cross in because of my beliefs. I believe in wearing this cross and what it represents.”
Bond said he left the restaurant while friends stayed behind to talk to the manager about what happened.
The Kilroy’s dress code is posted at the entrance to the restaurant. For jewelry, it says no large chains outside of a shirt.
Minister David Latimore said the manager could not tell the group what the restaurant defines as a “large chain.”
Latimore said he spoke to the manager in person and sent the owner an email to further discuss the policy. He even posted a video to Facebook that has more been viewed more than 40,000 times.
Latimore says his friend was singled out because they noticed other people wearing larger necklaces.
“It was a horrible situation and I mean it was embarrassing just to go somewhere and try to enjoy friends and company and get embarrassed like this for no reason. It’s like I was just singled out for no reason,” Bond said.
With no response from Kilroy’s, the group is planning to protest.
“Send a clear message to Kilroy’s, if you have a business in this city, you should treat your customers a certain way and for us to turn a blind eye to it and allow them to continue to treat customers this way, it’s just not right,” Latimore said. “It’s something I won’t stand for.”
My libertarian streak tells me that any business should have the freedom to serve or not serve any patron for any reason. Jerry should let it drop.