A pub owner was charged with discriminating against young people after banning customers from wearing hoodies, tracksuits or Stone Island clothing to prevent “chavs” and “roadmen” from coming.
Brian Hoyle finds himself in the midst of controversy after banning under 21-year-olds from the orange tree in Hereford on weekends because teenagers “are unable to handle their alcohol”.
He has also banned anyone from wearing sportswear, hoodies, tracksuits, belt bags, or Stone Island branded clothing any day of the week. the mirror reports.
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Brian took over the pub last summer and says the move is aimed at cracking down on unruly customers – who regularly include “folks or roadmen with fanny packs.”
Young people in the city, however, accused the downtown bully of prejudice and age discrimination.
Brian doubled down and defended his politics by saying it was part of his mission to make The Orange Tree a “real” Hereford pub again.
Neil Finley, a 19 year old student from Hereford, said, “I think what he’s doing is very superficial. Has he never heard of not judging a book by its cover?
“It’s age discrimination, pure and simple, and once again young people are wrongly tainted with the same brush.
“He tells people who wear Stone Island clothes that they’re not good enough for their pub, how do you judge a customer by their jacket choices?
“Why not just banning anyone who causes trouble instead of singling out anyone under a certain age who happens to be wearing a hoodie?”
Jacob Astley, 22, of Hereford added, “I understand that some young people play after having a few too many, but labeling all of us is completely wrong.
“So someone is not welcome in a £ 400 Stone Island jacket, but if I showed up in £ 5 Primark pants, would I be okay? It makes no sense.
“Some of my pals are only 20 and we’re not causing any trouble, but now we can’t drink too because of this crazy discriminatory policy.
“It’s also class discrimination, a lot of the people who wear these clothes are working class guys. They are singled out because of their social class.”
Others turned to social media, with one resident writing, “Absolutely pathetic, I wear tracksuits but I’m not a bully, it’s just comfortable to wear.”
Another added, “Pretty sure your clothes won’t determine how the younger generation behaves in this scenario, especially after a few drinks.
“Wouldn’t it be better to ban the troublemakers in your bar than condemn anyone who wears a hoodie when many of them could be pretty decent, well-meaning people?”
But some online endorsed the controversial policy. One wrote: “Good for her. Especially with the behavior of not dealing with them [sic] drink … have to show respect for others. “
Another said, “We all think so, but finally someone was brave enough to say it. Unfortunately, most of the trouble-free teenagers dress a certain way.”
A local resident said: “Sounds tough, but absolutely the right decision to keep these young troublemakers out.”
The innkeeper said: “The young people don’t know how to behave in a pub.
“Many of them lived to the age of 18 during the lockdown and are only behaving in the interests of fairness and deterring other customers.
“There are probably people in their 40s or 50s wearing it (Stone Island and sportswear), but I’m trying to make a point.
“It’s these young people who cause trouble.
“There are a lot of young guys or fanny pack roadmen in Hereford, if you know what I mean, who go to the pub and don’t know how to behave.”
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