Pub axes ladies’ night after man complains

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A pub has called time on a long-running ladies’ night after a man complained. The Star Inn, in Lingfield, Surrey, had been offering a 50 percent discount on food deal for women on Monday nights for the past 12 years. Owner Simon Skinner, 57, said staff told him a male patron visiting the pub on Monday October 17 was refusing to pay full price for his meal because he felt the offer was discriminatory towards men.

The man was told to pay the full price but a few days later the Star Inn made the decision to cancel the female-only discount despite the event often being booked weeks in advance, Surrey Live reports.

Posting on Facebook on Thursday October 20 the pub statement read: “The end of an era! We have been doing Ladies Night for the past twelve years, with 50 per cent off food for all you lovely ladies.

“We are fully booked every week, often weeks ahead, and it is used as a great catch up by many women in the local area.

“We always knew that it was a bit iffy as we were in effect discriminating against men, but in a world that is clearly weighted against women, it was our small way of righting the balance.

“Sadly, following a complaint from a man who visited us on Monday night, we will no longer be able to continue with this offer in its present form, after the end of October.

“We would like to thank you all for your great support over the years and please do watch out for an announcement on how we can continue some kind of ladies’ night in the future.”

Pub owner Simon Skinner told Surrey Live he didn’t think it was worth fighting the complainant over and it was something you have to roll with.

He said: “We’ve often had people joking but we’ve never received any complaints. Until now everyone’s been really happy with it.

“It has always been something I want to do for ladies, I do think women have the wrong end of it and it’s just a nice thing to do.

“If one person objected to what I was doing in any other circumstances then I would laugh, I’d love to stand up to him and say ‘to hell with you’.

“But it’s licensed premises, it’s not something you want to get tied up into and it can paint you in a bad light in the long run. People can be very fickle, they can be supportive of you but then if they see this comment they can think, ‘maybe he’s got a point’.

“If we did a white person’s night it would be utterly deplorable. You’ve got clear discrimination, whilst people are saying ‘it’s only one complaint’ if you read a lot of responses [to the Facebook post] a lot of them are complaining about doing something illegal and we have to change.”

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The pub’s ladies’ night will officially stop at the end of this month, although Simon will keep the night running with deals for both men and women.

While no firm plans have been decided, one suggestion is a 25 percent discount for both men and women on Monday nights, which would continue to be called ladies’ night.

Responding to those who thought the pub’s decision to cancel the event was actually related to financial reasons, Simon said: “To be honest if I put up a post up saying ‘it’s with deep regret I’ve decided to stop doing it due to the economic environment’ I don’t think anybody would be upset.”

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