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Tavern in Nafplio kicks out dining gay couple; triggers outrage

A tavern in Nafplio has kicked out a gay couple that was dining in its premises. the tavern argued the gay couple should go because there were children and elderly there.

In a denouncement on social media, one of the young men involved in the incident said that while they had started eating their dinner starters, one of the waiters, who was also manager of the tavern, came to their table.

“He picked up and shook one of the chairs at our table and told us loud and sternly: You must leave, Now. You can do whatever you want at home, but not here. Criticize all you want online, I don’t care. Get out of here now.

Bewildered, after a few seconds we answered him, politely but firmly:

You know, that’s discrimination and we think it’s illegal.

He answered louder and more irritated, making vigorous movements in the space:

I don’t care what it is. There are children and old people here and you can’t do whatever you want. Leave Now.

We immediately left, shocked, but we had each other. We found another tavern, sat down. We made fun of the incident but admitted that it was probably better to be less demonstrative in public there.”

The couple had apparently kissed each other.

The incident that took place on Christmas days but the complaint was made yesterday, Tuesday, triggered an outrage about the homophobic behavior, both on social media and some mainstream ones.

Many Greeks posted negative reviews about the tavern as its name circulated on social media.

Speaking to media on Wednesday morning, the tavern owner defended his behavior.

“We asked them to leave because the neighboring tables were disturbed.. There were two families, two couples with two children, an eight-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl. This group was disturbed on Christmas Eve and immediately at the table in front of them was a young couple with their elderly parents,” the tavern owner told ANT1 TV.

He said that the couple left quietly, adding “We had customers, who very politely asked me to stop this.”

“There was a misunderstanding” he said and made reference to “normal couples” in 2023

He claimed that “there was a misunderstanding, as happens in every restaurant, there have been various misunderstandings in too many restaurants, not of this kind,”

He continued speaking of “normal couples” saying he had made leave recommendations also to “a normal couple, to a heterosexual couple, when it had deviated in its behavior.”.

He underlined that he is not going to take legal action nor to respond to the several people “swearing at him.”

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13 comments

  1. Oh for goodness sake 🙄

  2. Disgusting ignorant restaurant owner. Shame!

  3. Please name the restaurant. I go to Nafplio frequently with groups and do not ever again want to give that restaurant and its troglodytic owner any more business.

  4. I have visited and lived in Greece for 20 years, and have never experienced any bigoted, homophonic behaviour. Such a shame this taverna owner demonstrated such a neanderthal attitude in 2023!

  5. Surely this kind of behaviour is illegal. This guy should be arrested, or at least the taverna closed down. PS I’m not gay and probably count as elderly and can’t see what that has to do with anything. Discrimination is discrimination, full stop.

    • And what about refusing unvaccinated people? Is that also discrimination? Less than a year ago, the majority of people agreed to that.
      Yes, it is discrimination, even if you had the option to be tested.

    • He also chucked out a heterosexual couple for i guess being over amorous in a public setting with children nearby. Some people lack situational awareness as in both of these cases, which i guess led to the complaints from other customers. 2.30am in a nightclub with a slow song, go for it. Evening dinner at a family restaurant reign yourselves in. Perhaps he should put a sign up similar to swimming pool warning signs, no ……. etc.

  6. Well done the taverna manager !!

  7. This on a website which allowed an egregious gay insult as a reply to a post….nothing to see here

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