The marquee outside the Blind Tiger Bar & Grill shortly after the Super Bowl. (FOX5 Report It)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A local bar is taking a great deal of heat after putting up an insensitive joke on its marquee, targeted at the Denver Broncos but including sick children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The sign at the Blind Tiger Bar & Grill said, "Broncos couldnt [sic] beat the kids at St Judes." It's since been taken down and the staff has apologized, but that's not enough for a man whose daughter has cancer.
The sign, viewable from Pecos Road, quickly drew a firestorm on social media. Jesse Moore saw a picture on Facebook.
"It was disgusting. I just got in the car and came right down here," Moore said.
Moore's 3-year-old daughter Jillian is battling stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer.
"I can't even describe the anger of not only me, but of all the families," he said.
When Moore arrived at the Blind Tiger, the sign had been changed. Still, he spoke his mind.
"I said, ‘I just wanted to let you know that my daughter has neuroblastoma cancer. It's got a 50-50 shot of killing her, and what was on that sign was just soulless,'" Moore said.
Moore spoke to bartender Sara Pranke.
"My heart goes out to his family and all the other ones," she said. "We apologize. It just wasn't meant to be that mean or hurtful towards these children or their families."
Pranke said the bar's co-owner was responsible for the message, admitting it crossed a line.
"It was in bad taste and we took it down," she said.
The bar's phone has been ringing off the hook and hateful Facebook comments keep coming.
According to Pranke, the bar actually helped raise thousands of dollars for St. Jude in the past.
"In May will be our third annual bike run with the donations all going to St. Jude," she said.
While Moore said he understands that Pranke and other employees are not responsible for the message, he'd like the co-owner who conceived it to personally donate to St. Jude and spend some time there.
"Let him take a walk through a St. Jude's cancer ward. Let him take a walk through any cancer ward so he can see the parents crying, he can see the children losing their hair and in pain, hooked up to all those machines," Moore said.
Blind Tiger employees said that in the past, racy jokes on the bar's marquee have attracted new customers. They said they'll be more sensitive from now on.
In an apparent public personnel move, the marquee currently reads, "We fired the sign guy."
Copyright 2014 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.
Bar's Super Bowl joke prompts social media firestormMore>>
Friday, August 22 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:17:39 GMT
Portland city leaders are considering a plan to build tiny houses for homeless people to help get them off the streets. The tiny houses would be about 200 square feet and look a lot like the ones at TheMore >
The tiny houses would be about 200 square feet and look a lot like the ones at The Caravan Tiny House Hotel in northeast Portland.More >
Thursday, August 21 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:55:51 GMT
Deputies have identified the man found shot and killed in a Clackamas County field earlier this month. The body of Misael "Gallo" Delgado Nunez, 45, of Aloha, was discovered on Aug. 11 off Highway 551More >
The body of a 45-year-old Aloha man was discovered off Highway 551 between Wilsonville and Aurora on Aug. 11. No suspects have been identified.More >
Friday, August 22 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:35:14 GMT
The streets of Ferguson have been peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions have been subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted for several nights after a white police officer fatally...More >
Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens...More >