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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- An East Side bar owner is issuing an apology and looking for new employees. That's because a few of them quit this weekend after the bar's owner allegedly tossed some patrons out because of their race.

"Two Bucks" is a popular bar on Milwaukee's East Side. For the last couple of nights, it has been closed. This, after an incident this weekend that has some calling for a boycott of the bar.

Former Two Bucks employees and former customers were among those hanging posters on the East Side Sunday. They are urging the community to boycott the popular bar after a group of African-American patrons claim they experienced racism by the bar's owner.

A Facebook group encouraging the boycott had more than 1,200 "likes" Sunday evening.

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"She was just kicking the blacks out, so that was pure racism to me," Anye Ngwa said.

Ngwa says Two Bucks was his favorite bar -- so he was confused when, after ordering drinks around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, he says the bar's owner approached him and told him if he wasn't drinking, he had to leave.

"When she first said she was owner of the bar it really got me confused -- like owner of the bar wants to kick people out? The bar where you want to make money?" Ngwa said.

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Two Bucks

"She starts pushing all these people out the bar and the bouncers like, 'what did these people do? We didn`t see them do anything,'" former Two Bucks bartender Oval Reid said.

Reid says he was having a drink at the bar Saturday night, but he left when things became tense, as the owner started ejecting African-American customers. Hours later, Reid texted the owner that he was quitting -- and he says he wasn't the only one.

"All the bartenders walked off. Even the bouncer that was bouncing at the time -- he was a black gentleman that she hired recently and he's like 'I'm not gonna stand for this' and he walked off," Reid said.

Reid showed a text from the bar's owner to a FOX6 News crew. In it, the bar's owner apologizes, and says she understands Reid's decision to quit.

Lynn Forthaus sent a statement to FOX6 News, saying:

"There was an unfortunate incident at Two Bucks late Friday, May 1st. I apologize that this occurred. It does not reflect the views of the company, owners or employees of Two Bucks. We embrace diversity and have already taken steps so this will never happen again."

Those hanging posters around the East Side Sunday told FOX6 News they've reached out to the NAACP.

A sign on Two Bucks' door says the bar will reopen Monday.

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  • Virginia Cotts Rn Bsn

    I sure hope that information is public knowledge. If he’s operating on an invalid license and you know it, have you turned him in? Because if you haven’t, I’m guessing you’re BSing. Despite being an RN with 34 years experience and a spotless record, including 16 years in critical care, I got caught in a transitional job and let go by the recession. The hospitals were cutting way back on permanent and temp help. I lost my house and couldn’t pay the credit bills jacked up by the 2005 banking bill that allowed them to raise my interest rates from single digits to 27-29%. Lengthening the payment time far beyond what I had set up in a payment schedule.

    One situation was entirely the fault of USB’s computer program. I informed Master Card of the incident and sent copies of the totally erroneous withdrawal, USB also explained to MC. The next month my payment was a very large amount higher. Suspiciously I called, yep, it was because of the late payment, and no they wouldn’t change it knowing the circumstances, because they didn’t have to. The real kicker. I was busy, didn’t want to change my bank. Three years later the exact same error occurred under the same circumstance. I had made sure to make the deposit when no withdrawals were due.

    A lot of Americans with good education, skills and experience have been out of work long enough to lose plenty and get behind on payments. Those with no training or education after high school had a really hard time in our economy since the recession. Many lost everything from health care bills before the ACA.

    Making accusations like that about someone whose real name is in the news, while you remain anonymous, doesn’t say much for your character.

    • Elizabeth Davies

      “A popular Milwaukee east side side bar at the center of racism allegation has closed. The national Two Bucks franchise has pulled its name from the bar. Several employees walked off the job Friday night, claiming the bar owner kicked out African Americans. Community Organizer Solana Patterson Ramos appreciated the company’s rapid response to a tense situation. “They came out here very quickly and resolved the situation and investigated the situation and talked to everyone.”

      “Two Bucks of America’s COO Eric Nugent issued a statement saying; “Milwaukee, your voices have been heard!” The Ohio based company says the local bar owner has, “24 hours to cover or remove all trademarked signage and materials in and around their premises.” Nugent added. “Two Bucks of America was built on a foundation of ethics, values, and integrity.”

  • Diddly foo

    They pulled the franchise from the owner. They have 24 hours to take down the signs and change the name of the place.

  • Kuni Leml

    Look at the bright side, and count your blessings.

    • It is people like this bar owner that helped Scott Walker create those 250,000 new jobs by the end of 2014.
    • It is people like this bar owner that support Scott Walker’s right to work legislation. Legislation that leads to workers benefiting to the tune of losing around $1,500 a year from their pay thus bringing then closer to God faster (lower incomes lead to lower life expectancy rates so rejoice, Maranatha)

    Unlike those in Minnesota who are now cursed to wait longer until they can meet the Lord.

    Minnesota’s statist Liberal Socialist Marxist Stalinist governor raised the tax rate on the rich (now the 4th highest in the country), increased the minimum wage, and rammed a state law guaranteeing equal pay for women down their throats.

    This led to the disaster of only a measly 172,000 new jobs being added (leading to the crisis of now having the 5th lowest unemployment rate in the country, 3.6%, without having to resort to modern slavery, i.e. jobs that do not pay a living wage) while forcing Minnesotans to bear the heavy burden of having a median income that is at least $8,000 higher than the national average.

    Not only have these failed Liberal policies led to more than 6,000 people moving up to the now higher top tax bracket, it has also led to a fiscally irresponsible $1 billion budget surplus.

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