Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, has taken to Twitter to publically denounce a café in Seattle after a doorman refused to let him into the packed premises.
Morello gave a solo performance on Friday night at the El Corazon as part of a benefit concert for 15 Now, the organization that successfully fought for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle.
After the performance, Morello and his entourage allegedly tried to get “a special room” at The 5 Point Café.
As Blabber Mouth reports, however, the bar/café was already “at capacity” and there was even “a line” of people waiting to get in.
The café’s doorman allegedly told Morello and his crew that he could not accommodate them.
The guitarist then turned to his Twitter to go on a rant against The 5 Point Café, writing, “Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude & anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word.”
The owner of The 5 Point Café, David Meinert, has since taken to the restaurant’s Facebook page to make his responses equally public.
In his post, Meinert writes, “For the record, Tom Morello, The 5 Point is totally pro worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share.”
Meinert went on to say that when his usually “awesome” staff doesn’t act quite so awesome, “it’s usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick.”
“Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I’ve been a fan for years, both of your work in RAGE and your work for workers rights since,” Meinert went on.
Meinert’s response to the rock star didn’t end there.
“P.S.: Rock stars don’t get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn’t give less of a shit. Sorry,” he wrote.
He then listed a variety of pro-worker campaigns he has been involved in—including working to raise the minimum wage in Seattle—and challenged Morello, saying, “I hope you do the same for your employees on the road…”
As the grand finale to his retaliatory rant against the guitarist, Meinert wrote that Morello and his crew, all of whom were allegedly very rude, “didn’t get let in as the place was at capacity and there was a line. No one was being let in.”
Meinert quoted one of his doormen as saying, “I’ve told bigger rock stars than him ‘no.’”