Bartender accused of trivializing 9-11

September 13, 2011 1:24:00 PM PDT
The petrol station is known for its burgers, craft beers and flat screens for football, that's why Tarek Galayini went there with a friend.

"Just hanging out, just got back in town, so I said lets catch up for a few minutes," Galayini said.

He ordered a burger to go at the bar. When his order was ready a couple of the guys who put it on the counter were laughing so when he opened the bag at the restaurant he saw what had been written on the box, "happy 9-11" with a drawing of the towers and a plane. He confronted the bartender in question, but did not receive an apology. Galayini is Muslin. The offense he takes is as an American seeing 9-11 trivialized.

"It's a sad day in this country's history where we lost 3,000 innocent lives and I don't think there will be a time when that's okay," he said.

Monday night he posted a review on social media which took on a life of its own. The owner of the Petrol Station was told of it this afternoon and the bartender was fired.

"I just don't understand how somebody could think that's a joke," the owner said. "It's not a joke and not how I run my business. I really hope he calls me."

Late Tuesday the call came, the two shook hands, which is how issues should be resolved and perhaps Tarek Galayini will be back.

"I hope the words I heard are sincere and I believe they are," Galayini said, "so yeah, they have good burgers and I'd hate to pass up on that if I didn't have to."