Tiki Bar Owner Fires Employees and Apologizes for Memorial Day Weekend Incident

June 2, 2017

The following was posted on the Tiki Bar Facebook page:

To all veterans, active or retired, I was deeply saddened by the post that Tiki security asked patrons to remove any military affiliated motorcycle attire, especially on Memorial Day Weekend when it’s our turn to show special thanks to those who have served. It is not the policy of the Tiki Bar, but a failure of management to follow the policies of the Tiki Bar for the past 37 years. As the owner, I was not present, but undergoing surgery and truly sorry I was not there to correct this issue. You would be hard pressed to find anyone that loves this country and appreciates the military for their service more than I do!
The corrective measures have been implemented and are as follows: The general manager and the responsible security member have been fired. All staff will be retrained immediately to understand when honor and respect is due.

The Owner

66 Responses to Tiki Bar Owner Fires Employees and Apologizes for Memorial Day Weekend Incident

  1. Just My Opinion on June 2, 2017 at 11:22 am

    How is this an apology? Terry Clarke, owner of The Tiki Bar, could’ve at least had the balls to sign his name. I’ve witnessed 1st hand mistreatment by security, management and owner with Tiki Customers. I’ve witnessed them getting physical for absolutely no reason. The apology is as sincere as his marriage vows to his wife. In my opinion, when you’re having a long term affair with the little Miranda Lambert looking bartender, your word and apology means NOTHING! Damage control isn’t what’s necessary…an entirely new owner, crew and management is what’s needed.

    No Longer Associated

    • Bob Lob Law on June 2, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      Get over yourself. You’re entitled snowflake act won’t get you anywhere. Keep trying though.

      • Heather on June 3, 2017 at 5:27 am

        You get over yourself, all that negativity is going to come back 10 fold on you.

      • Dick on June 3, 2017 at 6:59 am

        Shut up Bob. Everyone knows that you just wanted to use the word “snowflake”.

        • Steve Stifler on June 3, 2017 at 10:32 pm

          Exactly, he’s an idiot

        • weusthem on June 4, 2017 at 11:49 am

          Don’t be so hard on Twinkle, he doesn’t know any better.

      • Rob Stark on June 3, 2017 at 8:48 am

        Insult-Side Step-offer no real insite-Move on! The king strikes again!

      • Anonymous on June 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm

        Really let’s just use the term snowflake for everything and be ignorent that solves it when she is calling out a cheating jerk who diserves every bit of her criticism

        • Bob Lob Law on June 5, 2017 at 7:47 am

          Ignorent? LOL

          • Anonymous on June 6, 2017 at 8:14 am

            Says the guy who used “you’re” instead of “your”

          • Anonymous on June 6, 2017 at 10:33 am

            When you don’t have an argument, resort to pointing out spelling mistakes. So dumb.

          • RR on June 8, 2017 at 7:22 am

            To: Anonymous on June 6, 2017 at 8:14 am

            Go back to school, “you’re” is correct.

            …when you’re having a long term…
            …when your are (you’re) having a long term…

            Get educated before your criticize.

      • Dee on June 3, 2017 at 3:37 pm

        Huh? You make no sense. Go away.

      • Steve Stifler on June 3, 2017 at 10:31 pm

        He’s just a sad person in the real world who uses this site as a means to get some type of gratification that he (or she) can’t get elsewhere.

    • Mr.BeHumble on June 3, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      If you claim to know that much about their daily operations, then you’re obviously an alcoholic. Therefore, you have zero room to tall, you little snowflake you. See, it’s easy to make assumptions looking from the outside in, huh? Do yourself a favor and go to rehab… If not for yourself, then for your family!

    • Mixx A Lot on June 3, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Affair with ML look alike? So he’s into fat chicks now? No reason to condem him for that. Look in a mirror and check yourself, Miss Piggy!

  2. Kim on June 2, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Make it up to the military vets and active members by honoring them on another day with special drinks, special prices and a free appetizer. Or something like that

  3. Bob on June 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Grow a set.. rules are rules, veterans aren’t exempt. The veterans should have been adult enough to accept it.. unless they are Girl Scout veterans..

    • Dee on June 3, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      What an ass. Did you serve? I didn’t think so.

      • Bob Lob Law on June 3, 2017 at 10:33 pm

        I’m sure you didn’t either. Shut up.

  4. Vet on June 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Sorry Mr. Owner. In my humble opinion, when you refuse to put your name to the apology, your apology means nothing. Perhaps you should try again!

    Just my opinion

  5. Bill Cosby on June 2, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Bill Cosby – Likes This!

  6. Deirdre on June 2, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    That place is so trashy

  7. Charly B on June 2, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    That’s correct way to correct a problem, kudos

  8. Anonymous on June 2, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Who is “The Owner”?

  9. jnolan on June 2, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I do not believe this.. They are not good management and the TIKI Bar as we knew is GONE

  10. Truth Teller on June 2, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    You are just as disrespectful. You literally threw my brother’s money in the water after he paid you to park his boat. Where is the honor in that? Taking a 32 year old tradition and suddenly charge $10 to enjoy it? Maybe invest some of that into training for you employees.

  11. Mei on June 2, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    WHO in there right mind would disrespect our vets or anyone in the military. Really… what were you thinking, obviously not with your mind. Now think about the respect you’ve lost.

  12. TellItLikeItIs on June 2, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I’m sorry but… I agree with the fired personnel. If the policy is that gang affiliated attire is not welcome then…. I don’t care if it is biker vests with “Unicorn Slayers” on it. It is not allowed. Even if they are depicted as veteran or military, it is still a gang affiliation. Look up the word “gang.”
    If you ask me, these “bikers” were just trying to get around the policy and/or create a scene.

    • Anonymous on June 2, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      There was not “gang” affiliation. One person had a Harley Davidson bandana which is a brand just like Chevy or Ford and the one just had military patches on a vest.

      • read facts before bitching on June 3, 2017 at 11:27 pm

        and Bandana’s are not allowed!

    • Karen Smith on June 3, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      Who makes an ignorant comment like yours? Motorcycle riding is not just for gangs. They pay taxes and have professional jobs. How is someone gang affiliated for wearing a vest with Veterans ‘charity rides’ and military patches with the words ‘Retired Air Force’ lettering on the back? These people just left the Rolling Thunder ride supporting our military. The do-rag (aka bandana) is worn to protect hair under a helmet. The bouncer was rude and confrontational walking past the four people several times and going so far as to intentionally ram his shoulder into the smaller of the two guys. The looks from the bar bouncer and manager were intimidating. Point blank–the ‘owner’ should have used his greedy $10 cover charge for the tiki bar opening to train staff. Many people will never go back to this overrated bar.

    • MarineVet on June 6, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Motorcycle clubs are NOT gangs…
      Little FYI… Motorcycle clubs were started by Veterans… and have done more for veterans suffering PTSD than the VA ever has…

      No colors… No business!!!

  13. Diane Berry on June 2, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Wow! The owner really took a big step when he fired the gen. manager and security personnel. I guess it is evident that some people do not totally realize that because of our men and women who have served or are serving do so freely, and because of them we are FREE. We are the free country of the world. That is why our country is such a diverse one because of the many different cultures that exist. I myself have a totally different outlook for our veterans because of their heroic actions they have done for our country. They make me proud! However, I wld never want anyone to loose their job, however thank you Mr.Tiki bar owner for taking immediate action to rectify the issue.

  14. Nick on June 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    It’s nice to see an owner who will openly back his or her patrons.
    This was totally uncalled for.
    Thank You

    PS I hope you recover from your surgery.

    • Another time... on June 4, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      He’s not backing his patrons, that made me lol. He’s backing his income, when he should be backing his employees for enforcing the rules that HE put in place.
      The place is a crap hole. 20-30 minutes to get a drink, and you better get in the bathroom line well before you even need to go.

      The place reminds me of ” South of the Border” all hype as your driving down Rt. 95. You finally get there and the disappointment sets in quickly.

      As others said, it’s all hype.

  15. SM on June 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Sincerely, the owner?? Had this been a totally sincere apology, “the owner” should have signed with his actual name. Cop-out

  16. Sad Sam on June 2, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    The Tiki went to hell when John and Kathy Taylor sold it to the !@#$% that owns it now. Sad. It used to be a nice place to go.

  17. Kat Martin on June 2, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I live in Florida. My niece who lives in your area posted your apology on her Facebook. I hope you have a swift recovery from your surgery. I do hope your message gets to those it is intended to reach.

  18. Robin on June 2, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Memorial Day is not a day to recognize veterans and active duty. Memorial Day is the Only day of the year set aside to remember those who gave their lives in service, those who Died while serving our country. Please don’t make the happenings of your unfortunate event about veterans (which include current military). Remember the reason for the day. People are forgetting. Those who died should never be forgotten !

    • Dee on June 3, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Really? What a crappy comment to make! Who cares whether it is Memorial Day or Veterna’s Day??? The root cause here is disresect toward veterans, which should never happen on any day. Smh.

      • Bob Lob Law on June 3, 2017 at 5:40 pm

        What’s disresect? It sure sounds serious. And apparently it has something to do with veterans. Interesting.

      • Anonymous on June 6, 2017 at 8:20 am

        So by your logic, veterans should be allowed to drive as fast as they want and shoplift? If rules are in place they apply to everyone. If you don’t like the rules, you are free to drink somewhere else. That place is an overpriced dump anyway. That’s one of the reasons that makes America great; you don’t have to patronize a single business if you don’t want to.

  19. Dave on June 2, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Sounds like management (or lack there of) didn’t have the owners interest , but then again you know the old saying ,s#it rolls downhil

  20. Ashley on June 3, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Why on EARTH would you fire the security team? They are not to blame, it is the general manager who obviously agreed that it was “gang related”. If the security team was in the wrong then the manager should have handled it and apologized for the misunderstanding. If the general manager wasn’t sure then why not contact the owner’s wife or see if the owner was out of surgery to confirm the rules? Offending a veteran is a serious accusation and should have been dealt with seriously, BY MANAGEMENT. Don’t fire the security team who was just doing what they were told. Heck, I’m not even sure why it matters what people wear. Who cares? As long as they aren’t banding together a group of gang members to terrorize civilians then I don’t see why what someone wears needs to have any impact on their ability to peacefully drink at a bar. Heck, it’s Calvert county. Is “gang” related activity even such a serious problem that they needed to create a rule preventing their attire? Screw your heads on straight tiki, this is ridiculous.

  21. SRS on June 3, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Went there 25 yrs ago – waited 20 minutes for a beer – had a boring time – never went back. Lived here all my life and don’t buy in to the hype. It’s a bar.

  22. Zeke on June 3, 2017 at 6:38 am

    When are they gonna shut down that overpriced
    S**thole.It’s literally the toilet of Solomons.
    Not gonna be soon enough for me!

  23. SRS on June 3, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Kind of trivial compared to real veteran issues.

    • Bob Lob Law on June 4, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Yep. People around here love trivial though. Gives them something to focus on, instead of their boring lives.

      • Anonymous on June 5, 2017 at 8:31 am

        I guess that makes you an idiot for staying in a place where peoples lives are boring and trivial. Most intelligent people would find some ware they liked better to live where they don’t have to be a hateful prick who trolls message boards all day. If I had to guess, the reason you haven’t left is it would take a forklift and the removal of a wall to get you out. Go ahead and move, I can start a GoFundMe to rent the heavy equipment. We won’t miss you.

        • Anonymous on June 6, 2017 at 7:50 am

          Who made you the spokesperson for the website?

  24. Still going to Tiki on June 3, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Such a trivial issue that had more to do with Calverts policy of no colors, than any outward disreputable for vets. Get a grip. The shame is standing up for what really happened, versus the fear of public backlash. The backlash of the sheep believing that in something published without fact checking. Think what you want of tiki, but save vitriol for politics you choose to follow blindly.

  25. April on June 4, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Bob C…..Veterans have pride, most are upstanding citizens, they have a moral code of conduct that one could only wish that a lot of today’s society lack. A true veteran would have obeyed the law set forth by the establishment and would not have dished out the grief that this employee encountered which ended up with him being dismissed from his position.

    I have never met any vet that has stated treat me special because I am a vet, actually the opposite held true. The ones I know are suffering terrible with the after effects of conflict. They do not feel special nor do they like attention drawn to them because of what they know or saw. So my question to you is where are these whiny children you speak of?

    As for the owner of the Tiki Bar this is directed at you….

    The correct action on your part would have been to uphold your own rules, back your employee and do nothing about the social media nonsense it would have blown over.

  26. Jessica on June 4, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Its not your right nor mine to judge anyone for there sins because we have all sined one way or another.It takes more energy to hate someone that has hurt you or a loved one of yours than it does to just let go and forgive.Pray for your family,frienda,neighbors and your community.Show everyone in your life that you can big the bigger person.Ill pray for your heart to heal.

  27. Anonymous on June 5, 2017 at 4:29 am

    I understand the vigilance of the staff. Nothing spoils an outdoor venue like Tiki bar quicker than a bunch of morons on Harley’s in their costumes. But you need to be smarter about than that when it comes to veterans and the military.

    • cheyenne W on June 5, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Wow bet you wouldn’t say that to a bike ” anonymous” … Another keyboard warrior…

      • Anonymous on June 6, 2017 at 8:23 am

        I’d say it to a bike all day long.

      • Anonymous on June 6, 2017 at 10:34 am

        Wouldn’t say it to a bike? Christ you’re dumb.

  28. Billy Hance on June 5, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I took a huge dump there, about a month ago. Now, Calvert County sent me a violation notice about making improvements to the property, without approvals and permits! I knew I should have flushed twice!

  29. TellItLikeItIs on June 5, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Lots of “opinions” on this post. I am guessing a lot of you are regulars at the ‘ole Tiki Bar. I just wonder which ones of you I need to point and laugh at because you actually take vacation from work to go to a bar opening. Truly sad…… truly sad!

    Rules are rules! If the rules said no specific attire allowed than that applies to ANYONE! Veterans included.

  30. cheyenne W on June 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm


  31. Bill Cosby on June 5, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    who cares….

  32. THIS IS BS on June 5, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    THe “Owner” Terry Clark? How can that be, Terry Clark is a convicted felon and can not have a Liquor License in Maryland. That is why the “Owner” will never sign his letter. It was also BS this year when they charged money on opening weekend to stand on a PUBLIC STREET, how did that happen.

    • No more Tiki on June 5, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      Exactly, how exactly does that happen?

      • Anonymous on June 6, 2017 at 8:24 am

        Ask Mike Evans, maybe he knows.

  33. Anonymous on June 7, 2017 at 11:07 am

    It’s just a dive bar. Is it really that important. Let our drunken redneck vets drink! Seriously dipwads, go home and drink on the cheap,