A belligerent Missouri bartender was caught on camera denying service to a group of veterans and crumpling up one of their military IDs.
Noel Cook, who lists himself as a member of the Air Force, posted the clip of the tense May 2 exchange at LOTO Lounge in Osage Beach last week.
The bartender, identified by the bar as Josh Weitkamp, is seen and heard damaging and disposing of one woman’s laminated military ID, and repeatedly accusing the group of lying about their age and profession in a profane rant.
Eventually, police arrive and straighten out the dispute between the polite party of six and the abominable barman.
“We’ve been to Iraq and Afghanistan,” one customer is heard saying.
“You don’t even look old enough to know about f—ing 9/11,” Weitkamp replied.
“Myself and 5 other military friends were at Loto Lounge where this drunk bartender (Josh Weitkamp) started to destroy someone’s military ID because he ‘used to be a cop and knows what an ID is supposed to look like’ and bends her card and throws it in the trash, refusing to let us retrieve it and just leave,” Cook wrote in his Facebook post, which had hundreds of thousands of views Tuesday night.
“Let’s come in our uniforms tomorrow and have a good ol’ time about it,” one service member said on the tape, trying to diffuse the situation, and get the ID back.
“I can buy those at the f—ing store,” Weitkamp retorted.
In another angry tirade, Weitkamp demands to know: “What have you done for this country since World War II?,” before insisting “I’ve been working my d— off.”
The hostile barman also sarcastically accused the group of being on “some secret bulls–t” military operation, while repeatedly barking at them to “get the f— out” of the bar.
The video ends as police arrive to verify the confiscated ID card.
No arrests were made and the group left the bar, according to Lake News Online.
On a since-deleted Facebook account, LOTO Lounge did the proverbial walk of shame, according to the outlet.
“We, at LOTO Lounge, deeply regret the events of May 2nd and want to stress that we have tremendous respect for military members and their service to our country,” the post reportedly read.
“Josh Weitkamp is not a bartender at LOTO Lounge; he is a local musician who has personal ties to the venue. He is extremely remorseful for his actions and we are working to make amends with the military members involved. We will do our best to reach out privately to those individuals and to publicly convey our appreciation to all military members in the future.”