A pub owner has been called “boring and sad” for opening his establishment on Christmas Day by cruel online trolls.
The Trent Navigation Inn, in Nottingham, said that they would throw open their doors for a few hours yesterday, December 25, so that people could drop in for a pint if they fancied one, reports NottinghamshireLive.
But, the boss received abuse from people online who claimed he was encouraging people to drink instead of spending time with their families.
Now, the pub owner has spoken out in a statement online and noted that lots of people feel lonely on Christmas and going to the pub may be their only chance to socialise.
When the pub initially announced they would be opening, one person said: “Why encourage this on Christmas Day?
“Let people encourage the family get-together instead of encouraging alcohol.
“Have to be bored and sad to open Xmas Day.”
But, bosses of the Meadow Lane pub said while they respect everyone’s right to their opinion, they felt the judgemental comment was “short-sighted”.
On Facebook, they explained their reasons for opening from midday to 3pm on December 25.
They said: “Christmas, for most, is a joyous time of year – full of love, laughter and quality time spent with family and friends.
“But this is simply not the case for all, Christmas can also be a very lonely time for some.
“Given the difficulty we’re all facing during this pandemic, there is a mental health crisis bubbling away under the surface and throw this in with loneliness at this time of year and it can be incredibly difficult for some, especially those without close family and friends to share the big day with.
“Pubs play an important role in the community and are a safe haven for many, a place where all walks of life can meet safely, socialise and let off steam and look out for one another – to be thought of simply as a place to ‘encourage alcohol’ is, quite frankly, a sad commentary.”
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They continued: “Our doors will always be open for friends old and new – and you if you are bored, then please do toddle on down!
“It’s not ‘sad’ to do so, but if you are sad – it’s always good to talk.”
They also added that a number of non-alcoholic drinks, soft beverages, tea and coffee would be available for those who didn’t want booze.
And, the pub won the support of their community with the post and gesture.
One customer said: “Lovely gesture to be open for those who want to come down.”
While another added: “What an absolutely amazing response, well said. Merry Christmas Trent Navigation, what a lovely community you have built.”
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