Bar slammed for ‘Michael Brown special’ Tequila shots offerBy Melita Kiely
A bar sparked outrage after advertising a deal of six Tequila shots for US$10, naming it the “Michael Brown special” in reference to the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot six times by a police officer in Ferguson in August.
The offer was advertised for US$10 at Mug Shots, in St Joseph, Missouri, US, and caused a Twitter storm last weekend.
According to the Kansas City Star, one of the bar staff Tweeted in response to the social media criticism: “Just wanna thank everyone who is going on about our shot special. Its just giving us free publicity.
“Everyone will know where the cheapest drinks are now. It also shows everyone that we believe our slogan ‘where sarcasm is always free’.
“We have never been hateful to anyone because of race, class, sex or sexual preference.”
Co-owner of the bar, Rodney Stapleton, told the St Joseph News-Press the idea for the special came from Facebook, after spotting another bar had success with a similar offer.
The sign has now been removed from the bar.
Approximately 20 protestors gathered outside the bar on Friday night, but there were no reports of violence.
Janet Christmas, manager of a nearby petrol station, said: “It was silly. They should never have done that, but it has been blown out of proportion.”