Sports Bar In Hot Water For Tasteless Domestic Violence Joke On Sign

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An employee at a Philadelphia sports bar was fired over the weekend after posting a joke about domestic violence on the bar’s sign.

“I like my beer like I like my violence … domestic,” read the sign at Bar-Ly.

It’s the same joke that got an Austin man fired from a bar in October when he wrote it on a sandwich board outside.

The signed was removed after the Chinatown bar received complaints, but a spokesman told NBC 10 that he didn’t feel the sign was offensive.

“We didn’t want to offend people, so we took it down,” a representative of Bar-Ly said. “I personally didn’t think it was offensive.”

The representative said the sign was not approved by the bar owner, Buu Ly, before it was posted.

Ly said the staffer who posted the sign did so with “very poor judgment.”

"In no way does Bar-Ly condone domestic violence nor do we find it humorous," according to statement from the bar. "We are sorry to everyone who was offended."

More than one in three women are victims of domestic violence, according to the Philadelphia-based advocacy group Women Against Abuse.

The group estimates 2,000 emergency room visits by Philadelphia women per year are likely the result of domestic violence.

Sources: UPI, NBC News