Ft. Benning soldiers banned from Auburn bar due to issues with behavior

Ft. Benning soldiers banned from Auburn bar due to issues with behavior

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Fort Benning is responding to a sign posted on a door at Auburn's Skybar Cafe.

The sign reads in part, "FT. BENNING SOLDIERS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN SKY BAR."

The bar owner says he respects the military, but cites issues with behavior from Fort Benning soldiers that led to the temporary ban.  The bar cites Alabama law and says it has the right to refuse entry for any reason.

On Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for the military post sent News Leader 9 the following statement:

The Ft Benning Commanding General has not approved any action against the SkyBar Cafe. The claim by SkyBar Cafe that the Commanding General of Ft Benning has instructed Soldiers not to patronize their establishment is inaccurate. SkyBar Cafe is not recorded on any approved Ft Benning Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board off limits list.

On Tuesday, Skybar owner, Pat Grider, released this statement:

"Sky Bar Cafe supports our military. Our father, a 100 percent disabled Purple Heart Navy Veteran, served our country bravely, and we respect the men and women in our armed forces. Unfortunately, Friday night we felt obligated to institute a temporary ban on Fort Benning soldiers due to a large increase of incidents involving soldiers and a complete lack of respect to our customers and staff.

Some members of the Auburn community have also expressed their feelings on the temporary ban.

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