Bar owner apologizes after Polynesian men turned away

Bar owner apologizes after Polynesian men turned away
Jeremy Cloyd
Frank Maea
Frank Maea
Stephen Wily
Stephen Wily
Willie's Lounge
Willie's Lounge

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Salt Lake City bar owner has apologized after one of his employees refused to serve two Polynesian men because of their ethnicity.

Willie's Lounge owner Geremy Cloyd said Wednesday that he has an informal rule that allows bartenders to turn away people who look like they could make trouble.

Cloyd acknowledges that he included all Polynesian people in that category due to past problems with some, but says it was wrong to turn away patron Frank Maea and his friend from the bar on Tuesday night.

Maea tells Salt Lake City's KUTV he was shocked at the treatment and posted a cellphone video of the encounter online. Maea says he's speaking out to prevent something like it from happening again.

He says he'll accept the apology, but he won't go back.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.