The LOTO Lounge in Osage Beach, Missouri is in full apology mode after a recent incident where a bartender refused service to a military member who tried to use his military ID to buy a drink. The bartender, who’s now been identified as Josh Weitkamp, wads up the ID and throws it in the trash as he yells at the customers that he can recognize a fake ID and he’s not falling for it.
LOTO has since said Weitkamp is not a bartender but has close ties to the bar. Whatever the case, he refused to serve the military members and went on a long diatribe about IDs and how he wouldn’t give it back until cops told him to turn it over.
Noel Cook a member of the U.S. Air Force posted the following on Facebook:
“Myself and 5 other military friends were at Loto Lounge where this drunk bartender (Josh Weitkamp) started to destroy someone’s military ID because he ‘used to be a cop and knows what an ID is supposed to look like’ and bends her card and throws it in the trash, refusing to let us retrieve it and just leave.
“So he tells us to call the cops. If you can see, the blonde bartender is 1) urging us to call the cops and 2) also calls the cops. I appreciate her efforts since she realizes that he is getting out of hand. I’ve never been more heated about a non-racial interaction with someone and the straight disrespect he had for fellow service members ESPECIALLY when some of us (if not all) joined the military because of 9/11 and how it shaped our upbringing.
“I hope you see this Josh Weitkamp and know that your actions that night will define you as a person. Actions always speak louder than words.”
Myself and 5 other military friends were at Loto Lounge where this drunk bartender (Josh Weitkamp) started to destroy…
LOTO Lounge issued an apology on Facebook, but the bar’s page has since been deleted. A Google Cache for the bar’s page reveals the following statement that was released before the page was deactivated:
“We, at LOTO Lounge, deeply regret the events of May 2nd and want to stress that we have tremendous respect for military members and their service to our country. Josh Weitkamp is not a bartender at LOTO Lounge; he is a local musician who has personal ties to the venue. He is extremely remorseful for his actions and we are working to make amends with the military members involved. We will do our best to reach out privately to those individuals and to publicly convey our appreciation to all military members in the future.”