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Grandfather, 76, claims he was turned away from the pub because he was too old

The 76-year-old grandfather claims he was “shocked” after the bouncer told him he was too old to have a drink in a pub in central Liverpool

  • Anthony Sever, 76, from Liverpool, tried to have a pint at Irish bar McCooley’s
  • However, when the grandfather approached the bar, he was denied entry
  • According to the seventy-year-old, a security guard said he was too old
  • But the pub spokesman said that “age didn’t matter” when Anthony was turned away

A 76-year-old man has described feeling “shocked” after saying he was refused entry to a bar in Liverpool city center because he was “too old”.

Anthony Severs, a retired shipbuilder from Vauxhall, Liverpool, was out for a drink on July 25 in Mathew Street – an area where he likes to socialize because he often bumps into people he knows.

After leaving The Grapes when it was raining, he decided to head to Irish bar McCooley’s to get out of the wet and enjoy a pint, he told the Liverpool Echo.

But when the grandfather tried to go into the bar, the bouncer refused him entry, says Anthony, claiming the bouncer described him as “too old” to come in – a claim disputed by a pub spokesman, who said there may have been a “miscommunication” that night.

The experience left him “deeply shocked,” he said, adding: “I just got out of The Grapes – it was raining and I was soaked. I live not far from the city and without the buses (due to the ongoing strike at Arriva) I walked home,” he said.

Grandfather Anthony Severs (pictured), 76, from Liverpool, was

Grandfather Anthony Severs (pictured), 76, from Liverpool, was “shocked” after he said he had been refused entry to a pub – because he was too old

McCooley's is an Irish bar in Liverpool. According to Anthony Severs, a security guard working at the bar refused him entry, citing his age

McCooley’s is an Irish bar in Liverpool. According to Anthony Severs, a security guard working at the bar refused him entry, citing his age

“But because it was raining I thought I’d just go to McCooley’s to dry off and have a drink. I went up the stairs to go in but a bouncer said I couldn’t get in. I asked why and she said I was too old.”

According to the 76-year-old, he told the bouncer that what she said was “discrimination” but she said nothing and he just left.

The pensioner added that he was “shocked” and said that “people might laugh” that being told you’re too old “isn’t going to do it”.

After the incident, Anthony’s daughter advised him to contact McCooley’s to complain about his experience.

According to the 76-year-old, the bar association advised him to contact the company where she hires security personnel.

He said: “Putting my head together, I went to McCooley’s and they said it wasn’t their fault, it was the security company.

“I said I wanted a personal apology because she personally kept me out.”

After the incident, Anthony (pictured) said his daughter advised him to contact the pub to complain and they subsequently suggested he contact the company that provides security

After the incident, Anthony (pictured) said his daughter advised him to contact the pub to complain and they subsequently suggested he contact the company that provides security

A McCooley’s spokesman told MailOnline that while Mr Severs “sadly wasn’t let in after he left The Grapes”, his age made no difference, adding that “there can be misunderstandings on the night”.

The spokesman added: “Most of our customers, particularly during the week, are older. In any case, he can go back at any time.

“The security person from whom he wanted the personal apology unfortunately no longer works here, but he has received an apology from the head of the door company responsible for their employment – personally, on the matter.

“If he wants to come back, we will definitely make sure he is taken care of.

“He has refused to give his details to the security company so we can’t contact him ourselves.”

They added that managers first heard about the complaint after reading about the story in the media.

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