Security Guard Placed on Leave After He Allegedly Asked Black Bartender to Make a 'Trayvon Martini'

A security guard from Missouri has been placed on leave after a local bartender claimed the guard asked him to make a "Trayvon Martini," referencing the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed in 2012.

Bartender Alobar Bandaloop wrote on Facebook on Monday that a man by the name of Michael Dargy Jr. tried to order the offensive drink at the Buzzard Beach Bar in Kansas City, Missouri. Bandaloop wrote that after the man noticed the shocked look on his face, he told him the recipe of the drink.

"When he noticed the shock on my face, he decided to tell me the recipe: One shot of vodka, watermelon juice, and it only takes one shot because it only takes one shot to put him down!" wrote Bandaloop on Facebook.

Bandaloop wrote that he refused to serve the man after his request and claimed he was shocked someone would ask him to make the offensive drink.

"Herein lies the big problem: he's paid by the neighborhood to walk around with a pistol and "police" the area. This is a huge issue with me," Bandaloop wrote on Facebook. "Who can trust this man in any interaction with an African American? How can this man make sure any mixed cultures are "secure"?"

Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed in 2012 in Florida by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman was acquitted of the 17-year-old's death in 2013.

Newsweek has reached out to Dargy's employer, Chelsey Brown International, where Dargy worked as security for the town of Westport in Kansas City, for comment but did not hear back in time for publication. In a statement to The Kansas City Star, the Westpoint Regional Business League told the publication that the incident was under investigation and Dargy has been placed on leave.

"The allegation is currently under investigation by the security company, which has already put its employee in question on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation," the league said. "If true, it is reprehensible, and we will have zero tolerance for that type of behavior in this welcoming district."

Dargy worked as a police officer with the Olathe Police Department in Kansas, but had not worked for the department since 2016, The Kansas City Star reported.

A South Carolina bar owner was also under fire this week after employees and a former manager claimed they were fired from their jobs in July because the owner believed his staff was "too dark." Josh Sutton, who is white, told The State his boss, Matthew Shmanske, fired him and other employees because of the number of black customers and employees that were inside the bar.

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Posters announcing the "Million Youth March" in support of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager killed by George Zimmerman, are spread on the ground in New York, July 20, 2013. A bartender in Kansas City, Missouri, claims a security guard asked him to make a "Trayvon Martini." REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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