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March 18, 2014

Red Jug co-owner apologizes for Instagram post

“Responsibly” was the adverb of the week on Oneonta’s Red Jug Pub social media accounts, just days after a co-owner of the pub sent a letter to Oneonta officials acknowledging and apologizing for an “inappropriate” and “distasteful” message that was posted on the bar’s social media website on March 6.

Mayor Dick Miller said he received the apology via email on Monday from Tom Terwilliger, co-owner of The Red Jug Pub, acknowledging the inappropriate nature of a recent St. Oney’s Day post on Instagram that, some thought, crossed the fine line between encouraging patrons to have a good time and promoting excessive drinking. Miller said the apology letter was also sent to members of the city common council and State University College at Oneonta officials.

“Over the weekend, a re post was made to one of our company named social media accounts,” the email read. “By any measure, this post was inappropriate and distasteful. My partner and staff deeply regret the post made by one of our employees. We are currently reviewing the methods we use to promote our business using social media. I can personally assure you that nothing like this will ever happen again and we sincerely hope you will accept our collective apology.”

Miller said the city has had “nothing but good relations” with Terwilliger in the past and called him a “serious business man.”

This was an unfortunate, isolated incident, Miller said, over which Terwilliger had no control.

Common Council member Dave Rissberger said he has seen a noticeable difference in the quality of the pub’s social media content this week, leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, noting a significant drop in Twitter posts that seemingly celebrated binge drinking, at least on the Oneonta-based Red Jug Pub accounts. The social media accounts for the Cortland-based Red Jug Pub continue to include some questionable posts, which makes him wonder, he said, if the gravity of the situation was understood and earnestly regretted.

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