Canadian flags hung from a parked car were the only Canada Day apparel getting anywhere near the Fox and Feather pub on Sunday. The bar's owners banned all staff from wearing red and white, painting their faces or bringing Canadian flags in to work.
Credits: Michael Aubry/QMI AGENCY
OTTAWA -- What should have been a sea of black at the Fox and Feather pub showed signs of an underground resistance on Canada Day.
Servers were rebelling, some with painted red fingernails, others sporting dangling red earrings, necklaces or red flowers pinned in their hair. Another server leaned over a table to serve food, pursing her unnaturally red lips.
That's in contradiction to a strict policy enforced by the pub's owners banning red and white clothing for servers, Canadian flags and displaying face paint on Canada Day.
A QMI Agency story published Sunday about the memo to staff, which was posted on Tuesday, ignited a firestorm on Twitter.
Down at the bar patrons seemed oblivious to the owner's wishes, decked out in Canadian flag headbands and face paint.
A former employee, Shelby Burnell, who contacted QMI Agency said while she made some of her greatest friends working there, dealing with the owners was always a challenge.
This latest measure is just another in a long list of restrictions on Christmas and other Canadian holidays, another staffer said.
While party-goers still flooded into the pub, some were tentative upon hearing about the memo.
"They're part of Ottawa and everyone's celebrating Canada Day, and it would be nice to see some support for their country," said Alex, who had just eaten at the Fox and Feather.
"I think it's just unfortunate."
Others were more vocal in their disagreement.
"Shame on you! You do not deserve to make money in this country should you choose not to celebrate Canada Day, just stay closed," said Elnur Allahverdiyev, who chose not to visit the pub.
"You are blacklisted!"