‘Shell-shocked’ grandad, 76, turned away from bar for being ‘too old’

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A 76-year-old granddad has claimed he was discriminated against after he was allegedly refused entry to a Liverpool city centre pub for being "too old".

Anthony Severs, from Vauxhall, said he was out on Mathew Street on the evening of July 25 and having left The Grapes he walked up to Irish bar McCooley's at around 10pm.

But the retired shipbuilder said he was left "shell shocked" when he was turned away by a bouncer, who he claims said he was "too old" to come in.

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Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Anthony said he had not experienced anything like it in his almost 60 years of drinking in the city.

He said: " I’d just come out of The Grapes – it was raining and I’d been soaked. I don’t live far from town and without the buses (due to the ongoing Arriva strike), I was walking home.

"But because it was raining, I thought I'd go into McCooley's just to dry off and have a drink. I got up the stairs to go in, but a bouncer said I couldn’t come in. I asked why and she said I was too old.

"I said ‘that’s discrimination’. She then said nothing. I just walked away, I was shell-shocked."

Anthony continued: " How would it make you feel? It was only when I walked away that it hit me. I thought ‘hang on – too old?’.

"I was shocked, I’ve been drinking around town for 60-odd years and nothing like this has ever happened before. People might laugh – being told you're too old – it's not on."

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Anthony's daughter told him to get in touch with McCooley's in order to complain.

After doing so, Anthony said he was then told to contact the firm the bar employs to provide security staff.

He explained: "When I got my head together, I went down to McCooley’s and they said it wasn’t down to them, it was down to the security firm. I said that I wanted a personal apology, because she kept me out personally."

The Daily Star has approached McCooley's for comment.


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