A restaurant in Scotland is reopening with a message for people to dine elsewhere if they exhibit symptoms of illnesses such as racism, homophobia, or transphobia. The general manager of Wee Mexico in Dundee placed the warning sign outside the popular restaurant as a show of solidarity with their diverse staff and customers, as well as to let bigots know they’re not welcome.
“We have quite a diverse group of staff and this is something we stand for and we figured our customers would agree with it,” Wee Mexico’s GM Ben Wyatt told the Evening Telegraph. “And as the sign says, if not we are not particularly keen to have them in here.”
Wyatt said they “wanted to spread the message that anyone is welcome here,” except, of course, the bigots. The idea falls in line with some merchandise the eatery once sold. In 2018 they had a shirt with the words "Don't Be a Prick" plastered on the back.
“We have had issues here before,” Wyatt continued, recalling how some diners “complained they were being harassed” by fellow patrons and management had to “kick out the perpetrators out straight away.”
The sign was generally well-received in person and on social media. One poster loved Wee Mexico’s take-no-prisoners social distancing policy when it came to confronting bigotry.
Another said they were “in love with this sign.”
Not everyone was as supportive, though, preferring a large side of hatred and bigotry along with their tacos and guacamole.
Another user displayed a stunning lack of self-awareness when asking “when has an eatery been so judgemental” [sic] before claiming that their personal support of women’s rights “would prevent me from entering!”
Wyatt is quick to point out that “the majority have a good reaction” to the sign, though, and that “only the minority” are triggered by the restaurant’s message of inclusion and support for the LGBTQ+ community.
“2020 has been a crazy year with lots of debate on all sorts of issues and we wanted to spread the message that anyone is welcome here,” Wyatt explained. “Businesses shouldn’t get involved in political issues but this is against hate and bigotry towards others.”