A Missouri pub is facing backlash over a six-shot drink special that invoked the Ferguson police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
The Mug Shots Pub in St. Joseph, “where sarcasm is always free,” offered the “Michael Brown special” on Friday, which included six shots of Jose Cinge for $10, a local CBS affiliate reported.
The deal supposedly referred to the federal autopsy on Brown that found he was shot six times by Officer Darren Wilson.
At least one of the bar owners apologized for the deal after a photo of it surfaced on social media. Protesters gathered outside of the bar Saturday night and chanted with signs, the station reported.
“It’s not meant to cause any harm,” the owner, who did not want to be identified, told a local Fox affiliate. “I should have thought a little bit more about it before I made it a shot special.”
He said he stole the idea from another bar after it appeared to be doing well.
“It looked like it was getting a good response so I just decided to use it here,” he said. “That’s what bar owners do if they find something works at another bar, they try to use it at their bar.”
The owner canceled the Michael Brown shot special and replaced it with another deal poking fun at himself, the station reported.
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