There was a very disturbing photo floating around social media this afternoon. It appeared that a St. Louis bar put out a chalkboard special sign on the sidewalk -- not unusual -- but one that advertised a "Mike Brown Special": six shots of something. It turns out a customer at the Lounge in St. Charles wrote it on the sign sometime while the owner was at the gym on Thursday Night.
It was up for about 40 minutes, owner Justin Donahue told BuzzFeed. Once spotted, the sign was immediately taken down and the customer was thrown out and banned from the Lounge for life.
"I got hacked," he said. "The sign sits outside my business, someone hacked it, and now people are coming to burn my place down."
So to be clear: the Lounge did not put up that sign. It's a community sign near the parking lot on which customers regularly write their own jokes and messages. Unfortunately, this guy took it way too far.
We tried to contact Donahue for comment, but the phone at the Lounge went unanswered.
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