California bar celebrates Cinco de Mayo with inflatable wall and green cards
An Orange County bar decided to celebrate Cinco de Mayo not with margaritas, but with an inflatable wall and "green cards."
Hennessey's Tavern incorporated President Trump's border wall concept in the holiday; they put an inflatable climbing wall outside the bar for the day.
Here is a now-deleted Instagram post of the wall:
The green cards were "permanent drinking cards" and permitted one free drink at the tavern:
The move stirred controversy -- and led to angry Yelp reviews and phone calls. The celebration went viral on social media when California resident Laycee Barragato Gibson shared photos on Facebook. "Hennessy's in Dana Point California is having a Cinco De Mayo event where people can climb a 'wall' to get a 'green card,'" she explained. "Yep this is really happening. Disgusting."
The owner, Paul Hennessey, believed patrons were taking it the wrong way. He told the LA Times, "It was our way of protesting the fact that Trump wants to spend billions of dollars to build a wall that is pretty useless."
Gibson did not accept the explanation. She told the LA Times, "This is a pretty frightening time when families are being broken up. Some bar thinks that this is funny? There's nothing funny about this at all."
Hennessey's Tavern took to Facebook on Saturday for a public statement:
"This event obviously struck a chord with many of you out there and you and a number of you did not understand our intent," it said. "I encourage all of you to take the time that you have spent posting on social media to spend an equal or greater amount of time writing your congressman or the President himself to express your concerns just as I have."