On Friday evening, one of the owners of the Sardine Can was notified by a manager that a female employee had made the announcement on a microphone from behind the bar. While the employee was attempting to be funny, her joke proved to be anything but, offending several employees and customers.
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“I received a text at home from one of my managers regarding a comment that was made,” bar co-owner Chris Hansen told Fox 11. “While it was very crowded, it was a rather racial-laden comment … We’re appalled by it, we’re embarrassed by it.”
In a statement on their Facebook page, the Sardine Can explained that the employee no longer works in the establishment, and that the incident has proved to be very embarrassing.
“Due to the unfortunate circumstances last night we have since let said employee go regarding comments made over the microphone. We at the Sardine Can are embarrassed over what was said,” they wrote. “We as an establishment and every employee here does not mirror in any way what was said. We promote unity and equality and always will. We apologize for anyone who was offended, as we are sure many were. Peace, love and beer.”
The Sardine Can describes itself on Facebook as “Green Bay’s favorite dive bar.”
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