A bar in southern California is feeling the wrath of the internet over a Cinco de Mayo promotion that invited customers to climb an inflatable “border wall” in exchange for a free drink. The stunt at Hennessey’s Tavern in Dana Point, Calif., included handing out free drink "green cards" to customers who scaled the faux border wall, reports CBS News. Critics on social media are calling out the promotion as racist and offensive, but owner Paul Hennessey defended the ploy in a statement on Facebook. After thanking everyone for their comments, he writes, “Our intentions were to create a dialogue and show how ridiculous that it is to spend tens of millions of dollars to build a wall and even infer that Mexico foot some or the entire bill and have their citizens build it.”
Hennessey adds that many have misunderstood his intent, and that he hopes people will spend equal time writing to Washington about President Trump's proposed border wall as they do criticizing him on social media, ending with, “let’s stop this wall from being built.” But an employee who asked to remain anonymous said the tone of the event wasn’t so politically reflective, claiming the bar handed out mustaches while some customers yelled "build the wall."