Most anyone you talk to who knows the state will tell you that Colorado is a beautiful, welcoming place. But for a group of military veterans, a hotel in Colorado Springs wasn’t so friendly.
CBS News reports:
The manager of a Doubletree by Hilton in Colorado said two employees had been fired after a customer posted a photo from the hoel that said “No longer serving military personnel and their guest(s)” during a “post deployment ceremony” for military members. The hotel’s general manager Daniel Kammerer issued an apology on the hotel’s Facebook page the same day, explaining two staff members, “acted without the proper authority to close and exclude military guests from our hotel’s bar.”
A Facebook user named Justin Vames posted an image of the offending sign to the social network on Friday, March 15. He wrote the night before over 600 people attended a “post deployment ceremony” for military members at the Colorado Springs hotel, but didn’t receive the service they expected.
The article also notes that a photo about the incident was originally posted to Facebook by Aimee Osbourne, a disabled veteran, but she took it down because of negative comments she said she received in response.
Read Vames’s full post below for what he says happened:
So last night we took over 600 people to the #doubletreecoloradoSprings and paid over $50 a person. They came in and…
Here’s the apology from the hotel:
I wanted to take this opportunity to provide again my sincerest apologies for the situation that took place last week…
Unfortunately, these types of incidents have happened before so they aren’t surprising. That said, it still floors me when I think about the fact that the idiots who refuse service or who otherwise give shoddy/disrespectful service to our military veterans and law enforcement officers actually think they can get away with it.
Military veterans and law enforcement officers share time in their respective fields under the harshest conditions imaginable. They train together. They work together. They shed blood, sweat, and tears together. They have each other’s backs. They’re willing to take bullets for each other.
And it’s deeply personal to every one of them when one of their own comes under attack, whether in the battlefield, in the line of duty here stateside, or in the normal, everyday roles they serve in their communities.
Anti-police/military service workers (which I assume is the case here) should know better than to think that the people who rush to protect and defend their fellow Americans whether at home or abroad are actually going to take being insulted and disrespected lying down.
But said workers have been emboldened by Resistance™ culture, and act accordingly. So be it. In the end, though, they will more often than not find out it’s not worth it.
—Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–