Pub Landlord Issues 'No Poppy No Pint' Rule To Support Remembrance Day
A pub landlord has told bar staff not to serve anyone unless they are wearing a Royal British Legion poppy today.
If any customers go in without one, they need not worry though because they will have the option to buy one of a range of poppies that are on sale at the bar - then they will be served.
Speaking to Daily Star Online, Sean said: "Our 'no poppy no pint' rule is just to try and raise awareness of Remembrance Sunday and what our forefathers did to allow us to be where we are now, after they fought and won us the right to live as we live today."
Sean insisted that he won't turn anyone away though, adding: "We would not chuck someone out for not wearing a poppy but we would ask the question as to why they're not wearing one.
"Youngsters do not seem to be aware of the importance of this day as it's not part of their schooling."
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There have been mixed reactions to the rule, with one person writing: "I personally wear a red poppy as a mark of respect as I come from a military family. But I don't agree with forcing people to wear it lest they not get service.
"The poppy is supposed to be about respecting our war dead and freedom. By imposing on people you are politicising it not respecting the very freedom it represents!"
The pub responded: "Not forcing anyone," before adding: "Go to another pub then. Simple."
Someone else commented: "Fair play good on um I'd imagine there's a poppy box on the bar which they can put a couple of £ in then get served. Good work 3 Lions."
The pub's social media account replied: "Correct it's not we won't serve it's we would prefer you wore one but still your choice."
A spokesperson for the Royal British Legion told LADbible: "The poppy represents the sacrifices our Armed Forces have made in the defence of freedom; and so the decision to wear it must be a matter of personal choice. If the poppy became compulsory it would lose its significance and meaning.
"Whilst we are grateful to the Three Lions for their support for the Poppy Appeal, and appreciate their intentions, under no circumstances do we support the shaming or coercion of individuals who choose not to wear a poppy."
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