Bartender Slammed for Wrongly Accusing Air Force Soldiers of Using Fake IDs

Last week, a bartender in Missouri refused to serve a group of military members in a bar, leading to an altercation that was caught on camera that has since gone viral.

In a seven-minute-long video, shared by Noel Cook, a TACP/JTAC at the United States Air Force, has been making rounds of the internet since the incident occurred on May 7.

The bartender, according to Cook's post and as report by Lake News Online, is named Josh Weitkamp and works at LOTO Lounge located on Osage Beach.

"Myself and 5 other military friends were at Loto Lounge, where this drunk bartender (Josh Weitkamp) started to destroy someone's military ID because he 'used to be a cop and knows what an ID is supposed to look like," wrote Cook in a Facebook post.

In the video, Weitkamp holds a woman's military ID before crushing the card in his hands and throwing it in the bin, calling it fake and telling the group to "get the **** out of there."

Another member of the group can be heard saying: "We've been to Iraq and Afghanistan." When Weitkamp comes close to the camera and replies, "Dude, you don't even look old enough to know about ****ing 9/11."

In the following five minutes, Weitkamp continues arguing about the ID and refuses to return the one he'd destroyed, instead opting to show the group his own cards. He throws a few at the group, telling them that his "Missouri card looks more secure than their military ID."

Myself and 5 other military friends were at Loto Lounge where this drunk bartender (Josh Weitkamp) started to destroy someone’s military ID because he...

"What are you guys doing here? some secret b******t?," he mocks the group.

Eventually, a female bartender also on shift calls the cops.

"I appreciate her efforts since she realizes that he is getting out of hand," added Cook, in his Facebook post.

"I've never been more heated about a non-racial interaction with someone and the straight disrespect he had for fellow service members especially when some of us (if not all) joined the military because of 9/11 and how it shaped our upbringing."

The end of the video shows Cook's group being vindicated, as the police arrive and confirm that the group's IDs were valid.

"I hope you see this Josh Weitkamp and know that your actions that night will define you as a person. Actions always speak louder than words," Cook wrote at the end.

LOTO Lounge apologized for the incident on their now-deleted Facebook page, reported Lake News Online, and stressed that the venue has "tremendous respect for military members and their service to our country."

"Josh Weitkamp is not a bartender at LOTO Lounge; he is a local musician who has personal ties to the venue," the statement further read.

Weitkamp, a member of the Ryan Voss Band, was apparently kicked out on Sunday.

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"I would like to start by saying that I am completely disgusted by the actions of a now FORMER member of my band," the band shared the statement on Facebook.

They added that it took them a few days to react but their statement clearly conveys that the band is a big supporter of the U.S. military.

"The sacrifices that are made daily for my freedom isn't something I take lightly," the statement further read.

Bartender accused military member of fake ID
Josh Weitkamp at LOTO Lounge in Osage Beach, Missouri, screen captured from the video by Noel Cook. Noel Cook/Facebook/Noel Cook/Facebook