Maryland Restaurant Owner Forced to Apologize for Transgender Sign

A Maryland restaurant owner was forced to apologize Sunday for posting a sign saying that if men can identify as women, then a restaurant can identify as a grocery store and stay open in spite of local coronavirus shutdowns.

The owners of the Market Street Inn, a restaurant in Salisbury, Maryland, posted an apology on Facebook after photos of the sign — which read “So if a male can identify as a female, can a bar identify as a grocery store?” — began appearing on social media.

The owner, Rob Mulford, told the Salisbury Daily Times that he is sorry for the “extremely insensitive and derogatory” sign.

“I the owner of Market Street Inn am sorry for the distasteful sign that was written in front of a place of business,” Mulford said in his statement. “A public business is not a platform for political or personal feelings or opinions and … is ultimately the responsibility of the person responsible for that organization.”

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The eating establishment owner also said the incident was a “process of learning.”

“[I]t’s a whole new thing, and it was a big mistake, and it’s hurtful,” he admitted. “Hopefully over time [the community] will take that I am sincere about it, and that sincerity we build on it, and move forward, and correct our problems, and that’s all you can really ask.”

Mulford also said that the employee who made the sign has been fired.

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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.
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