Grace Currie was thrown out of the Shrewsbury Hotel on Saturday night after staff in the Wetherspoons pub mistook her disability for drunkenness.
The 24-year-old from Shropshire was attending an 18 to 35 group meet-up at the pub with her personal assistant Netty Brook when a bouncer ejected her from the pub without her bag, phone, or coat. Brook found her on the street outside the pub where she appeared “vulnerable,” and had no idea why she had been thrown out of the pub.
Outraged – Weatherspoons Shrewsbury Hotel should be ashamed, escorted daughter out of pub saying she was drunk, left her on pavement alone, no bag, centre of Shrewsbury Saturday night. Disability discrimination at its worst.
— Lorraine Currie (@CurrieLorraine) April 15, 2018
Currie has a cognative impairment which affects her speech and movement, which staff mistook as severe inebriation, despite Currie having only had one drink.
Currie had made her way to the bar to buy another drink when staff accused her of being innebriated as she was having slight difficulty speaking, a part of her cognative impairment, as she struggles with finding words and pronouncing them when tired. Staff also mistook her mobility issues for drunkeness, which lead to them having the bouncer escort her from the premises.
Will keep you informed of the response. We have made a formal complaint and also contacted Wetherspoon national MD and their PR department. BBC Radio Shropshire are in contact with us too. Thanks for you involvement. https://t.co/w2GpLWLnPd
— Graeme Currie (@graeme_currie1) April 15, 2018
In a statement made to the Shropshire Star, Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said:
“The pub manager spoke with Grace and her companion, realising during the conversation that there had been a misjudgement.
“The pub manager apologised to them both and welcomed them back into the pub – which they both agreed to – offered them both a drink and they carried on with their evening.
“We again apologise to Grace for the mistake.”