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Video shows Utah bar refusing service to 2 customers because they're Polynesian

Willie's Lounge Willie's Lounge
Frank Maea Frank Maea
Stephen Wily Stephen Wily
Jeremy Cloyd Jeremy Cloyd

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (HawaiiNewsNow) - A bar in Utah has created an internet firestorm after refusing to serve two customers because they're Polynesian.

FOX 13 reports Frank Maea and Stephen Wily tried to enter Willie's Lounge in Salt Lake City Tuesday night, when they were turned away at the door.

"They checked our IDs, and after that they asked us if we were Polynesian and we said 'yeah' and they said 'we are sorry we can't serve you guys,'" Maea said. "I asked why, and she said 'It is my job, I can't or I will get fired.'"

The owner, Jeremy Cloyd freely admits he instructed staff to not let in groups of Polynesians because they've had a history of starting trouble in his bar. 

"Whether they are Polynesian, just got out of jail, have neck tattoos look like they are hooked on drugs, across all spectrums not just Polynesians. It just so happens -our problem has been with Polynesians," Cloyd said.

But Maea and Wily both say his policy amounts to racial profiling.

A video that Maea and Wily captured as they were leaving the bar has gone viral with Polynesians all over denouncing Willies bar and threatening to show up there en masse.

A response was posted to the Willie's Lounge Facebook pages addressing the matter, defending their policy.

We’ve already had a few posts about an incident that happened at our bar last night and we want to address it head on. ...

Posted by Willie's Lounge on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Cloyd has offered to meet Maea and Wily in person to try and smooth things over, but they declined.

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