Restaurant turns away homeless Marine vet and throws away his wheel chair

A disabled combat veteran was recently turned away from a Nashville, Tennessee Waffle House restaurant.

According to a WMSV report, Nashville based musician Jesse Brand and a friend went to get something to eat after a performance, when they noticed homeless veteran Roger Hornsby.

In an interview with WMSV, Brand said, “I saw this guy hobbling across the parking lot with a cane.“ He also said, “He had a Marine Corps tattoo on his arm.”

Brand also told the station that he had been homeless at some point, and knew he had to help the man.

Brand and his friend decided to ask Mr. Hornsby to join them for dinner.  When they went into the restaurant, however, he couldn’t believe how the staff treated the homeless veteran.

Brand said, “Within 30-40 seconds, the gal behind the counter said, ‘you two can stay, he’s got to leave.'”

According to Brand, things got worse when Mr. Hornsby asked for some of his belongings back. In the WMSV interview, Mr. Hornsby said “I went over there to get my sleeping bag and wheelchair, and they said, ‘You get out of here. Get out of here.’”

Brand added to Mr. Hornsby’s statement, and said, “The gentleman said, ‘Can I have my sleeping bag and wheelchair?’ They said, ‘We threw it away.’”

After the restaurant staff told the men they had thrown away Mr. Hornsby’s possessions, Brand said he turned to the manager and told him he would never come back to the restaurant. The three men left the restaurant together, and Brand said, “We drove five to six miles to the next Waffle House, where we were treated like kings.”

Waffle House vice president Pat Warner responded to the story with a statement. In the statement, he said that the company is currently pulling surveillance video from that night to confirm that Hornsby was harassing restaurant employees.

“We want everybody to feel welcomed at Waffle House,” Warner said. “We want everyone to feel welcomed in. In this case, however, that patron was asked to leave the property because of threatening our associates. The safety of our associates and customers is as important as it being a welcoming place.”

The offending Waffle House eventually returned Mr. Hornsby’s possessions, but Brand says the way Waffle House treated Hornby was “deplorable.” Brand also added that he plans to hold a benefit concert in support of the homeless veteran.


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