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March 18, 2014

Red Jug co-owner apologizes for Instagram post


“I acknowledge the apology,” Rissberger said, “But I question its sincerity.”

Rissberger said he feels it was Terwilliger’s responsibility as co-owner to know what was being posted by his employees and the possible implications of that content. Terwilliger contacted him in particular before the apology was sent, Rissberger said, seemingly trying to justify the posts and saying that similar postings are frequently made around St. Patrick’s Day by bars in other cities. Rissberger said Terwilliger told him that he did not know his employee was posting such a message.

“Ignorance,” Rissberger said, “is not an excuse for non-action.”

The main March 6 post in question read: “Me blacking out when I’m drunk is God’s way of telling me that what I do when I drink is none of my business.”  

On March 10, the following message was posted on the pub’s Twitter account: “An earlier repost on our Instagram has been found to be offensive. We agree & apologize. It’s sentiment is not in keeping w/ our philosophy.”

The pub’s Twitter account posted a slew of “drink responsibly” messages following the incident which, Miller said, will hopefully never happen again.

“Remember while you’re enjoying yourself responsibly this weekend, our staff will be hard at work making sure everyone is having fun and staying safe” was posted on March 14, as well as, “With this weekend’s festivities getting closer by the hour let’s remember to have fun, stay safe and drink responsibly.”

“Remember to enjoy this holiday weekend responsibly,” was posted on March 15, and on the morning of St. Patrick’s Day, the following was posted: “It’s finally here!! Doors are open and the GREEN beer is flowing! Come enjoy some Guinness or Jameson on this beautiful day! As always, enjoy responsibly #juglife.” 

Terwilliger, on Monday, declined to further comment.

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