We have all seen the signs: this establishment reserves the right to refuse service to anybody.
Well, strictly speaking, that’s not exactly true. Though the U.S. is built upon a premise of a free market system that values choice for both consumer and business owner, if one wishes to exercise the right to refuse service, he must first obtain permission from the government.
So, in essence, we operate within an economic system that does not value choice.
An Oregon bar owner must now pay a whopping $400,000 to a group of transgender individuals who feel wronged by the bar owner’s actions.
Chris Penner, owner of a bar formerly known as the Twilight Room Annex, ran his bar in Portland, Oregon, but noticed business started declining when a group of dedicated transsexuals began meeting at the bar to celebrate their collective delusions.
Penner left two voicemails for a member of the Rose City T-Girls, a group of men who identified as women who met at the bar every Fright night.
The voicemails asked that the men stop frequenting the bar as business had noticeably dropped-off in the 18 months since they began using the bar as a hangout.
In 2013, the state Bureau of Labor and Industries ordered the bar to pay monetary damages and the Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed on Wednesday that Penner would have to pay $400,000.
The ruling is the first to take place since the creation of the Oregon Equality Act of 2007 which prohibits supposed discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Penner defended his position and claimed that people were no longer comfortable coming to the establishment as they wrongly concluded it was a gay or “tranny” bar.
“People are not coming in because they just don’t want to be there on a Friday night now,” he said in one voicemail message. “In the beginning sales were doing fine, but they’ve been on a steady decrease so I have to look at what the problem is, what the reason is and take care of it.”
Penner’s attorney claims that Penenr may continue the legal fight as he never barred them from the premises, but merely asked that they meet elsewhere.
“Originally, the Rose City T-Girls approached his business and asked if this is going to be a problem and they said, ‘No.'” Penner’s attorney said Wednesday. “In essence, he was going back to them and saying, ‘This is a problem for my business.’ We think he’s got a constitutional right to make that inquiry.”
Penner was forced to close his bar in 2014 and lay-off his employees after his accounts were seized in cooperation with the hefty penalty.
This is a shocking display of atrocious behavior. What freedoms for business owners are left to exist when a bar owner cannot ask for the vacancy of patrons causing a problem for business?
It seems astonishingly clear: the state of Oregon does not care about the rights of business owners. Instead, in this PC-dominated culture, the state only appears interested in protecting the right of the victim-class to parade their lifestyle and punish those who do not stand to cheer.