Are there people I would rather not allow into a business if I owned one? You bet your sweet bippy there are. Unfortunately, quite often, a business owner is prohibited from doing just that. Quite frankly, unless an owner has a very good reason not to allow someone inside, they’d better do it, or they could face a nasty law-suit. As a former business owner, there were very few times, if any, I ever refused service, even when I knew the people who had invaded were the worst family of shoplifters in the region. During their previous visit, they had stolen a $2500 Zuni inlay squash blossom necklace. I knew who and what they were, but I could not prevent them from coming inside my business. To even breath that I knew they were shoplifters could have been disaster. So, I called my best friend, who was there in five minutes. I called another friend, and one of the neighbors. They followed the people, sticking to them like glue, watching their every move. They left fairly quickly and never returned. I said nothing. When you are in retail, that’s how you do it. Other than that, and you know someone is dangerous, you’re stuck. When I was in doubt about a person, and their safety, I’d call the local sheriff. They dispatched officers several times, making the individuals so uncomfortable they would leave.
The state of Indiana blew it, big time. By damning the entire state to ‘religious freedom’ they have shown just how ugly and nasty fake Christians can be. Ironically, Indiana is probably on the verge of violating the Civil Rights act of 1964.
“…The Civil Rights Act of 1964 explicitly prohibits restaurants from refusing service to patrons on the basis of race, color, religion, or natural origin. In addition, most courts don’t allow restaurants to refuse service to patrons based on extremely arbitrary conditions. …”
According to Legal Zoom, restaurant owners have a right to refuse service for the following reasons:
- Patrons who are unreasonably rowdy or causing trouble
- Patrons that may overfill capacity if let in
- Patrons who come in just before closing time or when the kitchen is closed
- Patrons accompanied by large groups of non-customers looking to sit in
- Patrons lacking adequate hygiene (e.g. excess dirt, extreme body odor, etc.)
There are ways of going about refusing service.
I consider myself a strong Christian. I also pride myself on having standards. I also pride myself on attempting to do what is right. Like everyone else, I have a right to like who I like, and associate with who I want to associate with. If I am in business, I do not have a right to discriminate, unless I have a very good reason. Quite frankly, the customers I would turn away would be the Bill Gothards, Duggars, Pearls, Swansons, and ultra religious freaks of the world who treat other people like dirt.