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Plano Bar Sign Sparks Controversy



    A message posted inside Scruffy Duffies bar in Plano is causing a whole lot of uproar on social media. (Published Tuesday, May 27, 2014)

    A message posted inside a Plano bar  is causing a whole lot of uproar on social media.

    Scruffy Duffies, a bar in Plano, has a sign posted on its wall that states, "I like my beer, like I like my violence—domestic." One customer did not find that funny and took action.

    Courtney Williams took a picture of the sign and posted it on Facebook, along with a message about what she said happened Saturday night.

    “I looked over and I saw the sign that said, ‘I like our beer like I like my violence – domestic,'" said Williams. “I was little bit shocked, I was like there’s no way.”

    Williams said she asked several employees, including the manager on duty, to erase the message. But, she said that was never done while she was there.

    “I was like, ‘Please take this down,'" said Williams. “I was like, ‘I don't know if you know someone who has been in a relationship who has been hit, but it’s not OK, and it’s not funny.'"

    Williams left the bar earlier than planned and posted the picture on Facebook. The post was shared more than 1,100 times.

    The response prompted Scruffy Duffies to make some policy changes, including reviewing all messages before they are written on their chalk boards.

    The general manager on duty that night has been suspended for 10 days without pay, according to Scruffy Duffies’ Regional Manager David Rossetti.

    Rossetti said the bar plans to make a donation to a local women's shelter and they will have a professional come in to give a sensitivity training session to all their employees.

    Williams said she has family and friends who are domestic violence survivors and she does not take the subject lightly.

    “The fact was it was about domestic violence when some people don't feel like they have a voice and when they do, they’re put down or to be told it’s just a joke,” Williams said.