Bar manager speaks out after social media post considered offensive

Bar manager speaks out after social media post considered offensive

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The manager of a Charlotte bar is speaking out after a post made on social media, he says by a former employee, was considered offensive in the wake of national headlines.

Bar Charlotte has been facing backlash on social media sites like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook after a popular meme was posted on the bar's Instagram account.

The meme shows Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka saying "You're being treated poorly by police? Have you tried not breaking the law to see if that helps?"

The post comes in the wake of riots in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray Monday afternoon. The 25-year-old was arrested by Baltimore Police on April 12 and died one week later from a fatal spinal cord injury.

An Instagram user named "jimmyquetron" posted a screen shot of the Instagram post Tuesday morning.

WBTV spoke with a manager at the bar who says the post was made by a former employee who was retaliating against the bar for their termination.

He says the social media accounts for the bar are managed by multiple employees. One of those employees was fired several weeks ago and still had access to the social media site.

The manager told WBTV that when the company saw the post online, they immediately deleted the post. He says the passwords have been changed so that this kind of incident couldn't happen again.

Around 2:15, the bar posted a statement on its Instagram account saying the account was "compromised" and offered an apology to "anyone that may have been offended by the post."

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