A California Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant had to apologize after an employee apparently censored the national anthem during a football game broadcast.
A customer in the southern California franchise, who identified herself as Lori, told CBS2 Los Angeles that the employee turned down the volume before an NFL game on Monday, which was also the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack.
How did @BWWings commemorate #September11?
By silencing the national anthem at its #Eastvale, California location:https://t.co/IMm8PJwy9p
— Michael Johns (@michaeljohns) September 14, 2017
Lori alleged the employee had left the sound on for the previous game but then nixed it, claiming the anthem was too controversial and there was a company policy against playing it in the restaurant.
“No one understood what was so controversial. It’s 9/11, it’s a sporting event, why is it controversial?” Lori asked.
She posted a photo of the employee on social media prompting an immediate response from a manager who apologized for the employee’s behavior, CBSLA reported.
This is the manager at buffalo wild wings in Eastvale California. He refused to play the national anthem for the Broncos game pic.twitter.com/gCf2uBMX9h
— Lisa ??⚓️? (@mymac24) September 14, 2017
“World Wide Wings, a Buffalo Wild Wings franchise, apologizes for what happened at our restaurant before the Monday Night Football game,” the franchise owner said in a statement, according to CBSLA. “We do not have a policy regarding this matter.”
News of the slight made waves on Twitter as many, including comments from former congressman Jason Chaffetz.
.@BWWings you are on the clock. Are you in favor of playing the National Anthem or not? https://t.co/fgHLZ3XSAF In CA it was silenced
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) September 14, 2017
Which prompted a response from the company’s Twitter account:
We do not have a policy about this. Our focus is always to provide a great experience for all our Guests on game day – and every day.
— Buffalo Wild Wings (@BWWings) September 15, 2017
But the outrage continued on Twitter where many slammed the employee and the restaurant.
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What the hell is going on? I’m glad I wasn’t there… ???????????? Wish the patrons stood up and sang on their own!
— America First (@nshep5) September 15, 2017
1. I honestly thought they went out of business.
2. Glad to see they have well-rounded managers with knowledge of their customer base.
— KatieKatieKatie (@KatieCartright) September 14, 2017
That unnamed employee should be put in a box and shipped to Afghanistan to live out the rest of their miserable life
— America First (@TexasScottLee) September 15, 2017
Of course it is California. Stain of the planet. No more @BWWings for me.
— ??Michael (@rktequMike) September 15, 2017
Stop going I don’t watch NFL anymore because of sitting players
— Derrick (@Derrick83788165) September 15, 2017
Gonna be a lot of wings being tossed in the trash.
— Covfefe Jim (@jimdwrench) September 15, 2017
That’s one crappy “company policy” #BuffaloWildWings. I make it a policy to #Boycott anti #American establishments.
— NCCate (@Carolinacate3) September 14, 2017
People will respond by patronizing other establishments…let BW’s b the ESPN of the restaurant chains…just look at their numbers
— D.j. Coles (@DjColes_228) September 14, 2017
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