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Take your jacket? No, I really must insist.

2001-12-18 01:00:05+00 by Shawn 2 comments

Bodyguard/stuntman/actor Chuck Zito was arrested and removed from a Conneticut casino for refusing to either remove his Hells Angels jacket or leave the establishement.

The media never tells the whole story, but it sounds like he wasn't being a nuisance and the state police said he was cooperative. Zito says he was just standing up for his right to free speech. The casino claims that they have a policy prohibiting the wearing of "gang colors".

[ related topics: Free Speech Political Correctness Journalism and Media Law Enforcement Civil Liberties ]

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:49+00 by: TheSHAD0W

As much as I believe in the right to speak one's mind, I also think speaking one's mind on someone else's property, when your host doesn't like what you say, is not the right thing to do. The casino should have "the right to refuse service to anyone", and if he wouldn't leave when asked, they had every right to have him charged with trespassing.

And if you asked me whether the place should be allowed to refuse service to minorities, I'd still answer in the affirmative.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:49+00 by: Shawn

In general I agree that they should have the legal right. But I can still disapprove of their choices in who to charge and think of them as stupid, narrow-minded over-reactionist ;-)

Rather than supporting a lawsuit, my response - as an observer (of sorts) - is more along the lines of; 'well, I'll not be patronizing their casino'. Which is really a moot point since a) I don't gamble and b) I can't see myself ever going to Conneticut for any reason.