Woman thrown out of Wetherspoons as staff mistake her disability for drunkenness
A 24-year-old woman was thrown out of a Shrewsbury town centre pub after staff mistook her disability for drunkenness.
Grace Currie, who has cognitive impairment which affects her speech and mobility, was ejected from the Shrewsbury Hotel in Bridge Street, on Saturday night.
The 24-year-old from Bagley, between Ellesmere and Baschurch, suffered a brain injury when she was hit by a car in 2010.
JD Wetherspoon, which owns the Shrewsbury Hotel, has apologised for the incident and said it has invited Grace’s dad, Graeme, to the pub to discuss it face-to-face.
“She had only had one alcoholic drink,” Mr Currie said.
“She then made her way to the bar to order another drink and was accused of being drunk.
"They made this assumption based on the fact that when tired, she has difficulty with word finding and pronunciation.
“She also has mobility issues affecting her gait – therefore they discriminated against her based only on her disability.”
He said Grace, who was at an 18-35 group meet-up and was supported by her personal assistant, Netty Brook, was then forcibly removed by a bouncer without her bag, phone or coat.
“Grace’s personal assistant found her outside looking extremely vulnerable, scared and with no idea whatsoever what she had done wrong,” he said.
Mr Currie has asked for all Wetherspoon staff to receive disability training to prevent a similar incident in the future.
He added: "As parents we were devastated when our bright, intelligent 17-year-old daughter’s life was catastrophically changed forever in a car accident.
"Much of the work we have done with physiotherapy, psychology and speech therapy is developing her independence – this was destroyed by the inhumane and degrading treatment she received at the hands of Wetherspoon staff."
Wetherspoon spokesman, Eddie Gershon, apologised and said Grace and Netty were immediately invited back into the pub by the manager.
“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.”