Man destroys 'Hate Has No Home Here' sign in Milwaukee brewery

Posted at 9:26 PM, Jul 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-26 00:35:50-04

A sign promoting a message of inclusion at Milwaukee brewery was crumpled up and torn down by a customer.

The bar said it was not a political message and now they are inviting the customer back for a beer to talk about what has against it.

Enlightened Brewing Company at the corner of Becher and First Streets in Bay View usually gets quiet crowds in their small tap room. But Saturday night one customer got pretty aggressive when he saw a sign that read "Hate Has No Home Here" hanging in the corner.

"All of sudden he ripped the sign down, ripped it off of there and shredded it up, I guess and left it on the table," said Tommy Vandervort, one of the owners.

It's not a new sign according to the owners. The message has been on the corner of the brewery wall since last year. The owners said they never considered it political.

"We put it up basically in support of being nice to each other and carrying on civil conversations," said Vandervort.

The customer left without an explanation. The bar immediately put up a new sign saying the message stands. People in the area say they like it.

"Keep the hate out of here, that does not have to be a political thing. But some people are hated filled and they will bring it anywhere they go," said Ryan Holman.

The owners said they don't want to get into a back-and-forth argument.

"We take all kinds, we don't want to exclude anybody. Even if you don't like beer we urge you to give it a chance, come in here and we can talk about it," said Vandervort.

That includes the man who destroyed their sign.