Pub thought stam­mer man was drunk

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By REX ROW­LANDS

A PUB chain has apol­o­gised for wrongly re­fus­ing to serve a sober cus­tomer who they thought was drunk – be­cause he has a chronic STUT­TER.

Teetotal Tony Woods­ford, 36, was de­nied a cof­fee and break­fast by a barman who mis­took his speech im­ped­i­ment for ine­bri­a­tion.

Bar staff be­lieved he was slur­ring through drink, even though it was just 10.30am.

Build­ing worker Tony, 36, tried to ex­plain he had a stut­ter but was un­able to get his words out.

He said: “I have never felt so em­bar­rassed in my life. It’s the first time I have been turned down for break­fast. I don’t even drink.”


Tony had gone to the John Wal­lace Lin­ton Wether­spoons pub in Newport, South Wales.

He was up­set at be­ing turned away, but later re­turned with a friend to ex­plain. The pair were then al­lowed a meal.

Tony, of Maindee, Newport, said: “I was told I would not be served as they said I was in­tox­i­cated. I couldn’t get them to un­der­stand it was my speech prob­lem.”

A JD Wether­spoon spokesman yes­ter­day apol­o­gised for the slip-up, ac­cept­ing Tony was stam­mered not ham­mered.

He said: “We un­der­stand the gentleman’s anger at the sit­u­a­tion and apol­o­gise to him.”

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