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Shocking footage has been shared online showing the moment a bartender crushed a military veteran's ID. Watch below:
A group serving in the US military visited LOTO Lounge in Missouri recently, when they were confronted by a member of staff over the validity of their identification.
In a video posted to social media, the server, identified as Josh Weitkamp, can be seen holding a woman's military ID card.
Weitkamp then crushes the card up in his hands and throws it in the bin, telling the group that you shouldn't be able to 'scrape the front off a military ID' and that they had 'done nothing for his country'.
"We've been to Iraq and Afghanistan," says one member of the group holding a camera.
To which Weitkamp replies: "Dude, you don't even look old enough to know about f***ing 9/11."
Later in the video, Weitkamp appears to mock one of the male members of the group.
When asked if he feels bad for his behaviour, Weitkamp says: "For somebody who hasn't even served my country for doing s***?
"Yeah, you can do a lot more push-ups than me, that's great, that's awesome. Yeah, that's great, you can do a lot more push-ups than me... what have you done for this country since World War Two?"
As the video progresses, Weitkamp becomes more agitated, telling the group to 'get the f*** out of the bar'.
He then shows the group a number of his own credit and ID cards, claiming that they are more secure than their supposed military IDs.
However, when the police arrive, it soon becomes clear that Weitkamp is very mistaken.
The responding officer, who had previously served in the US military, validates the group's story, telling Weitkamp that he remembers his card being similar.
In a post that has since been deleted, a spokesperson for LOTO Lounge apologised for the incident.
The statement read: "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.
"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."
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