Mansfield restaurant in social media row

A Mansfield restaurant removed a social media post which caused outrage online.

Monday, 12th October 2020, 1:52 pm

Il Rosso restaurant on Nottingham Road shared a viral post to their Facebook page which caused some followers to express their concerns around hidden disabilities.

The post shared on October 9 was of a poster reminding customers of the rules on wearing a mask unless seated to eat and drink.

It also contained the wording: “If you cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, ask yourself if you should be going to a bar/restaurant during a pandemic.”

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The post was met with negative comments

The post prompted angry comments and some reviews from customers threatening to boycott the restaurant and accusing the post of being discriminatory.

One shocked reviewer said: “I won’t be returning after seeing your recent post, what an awful disgusting thing for a business to post.

"Discrimination at its best!

"You should be well and truly ashamed of yourself Il Rosso.

Il Rosso on Nottingham Road

"It’s absolutely terrible and to discriminate people with disabilities and invisible illnesses is one of the worst things you can do, it can definitely have an impact on someone’s health, especially mental health.”

Another reviewer said: “I cannot believe what I have read on your poster.

"Absolutely disgusted, I am exempt for reasons that are none of your business.

"Doesn't mean I cannot walk into a restaurant, spend my money in local businesses, businesses who probably really need it at the moment.”

The picture was eventually removed from their Facebook page.

Il Rosso have been approached for comment by the Chad.

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