December 8, 2014

Back in August when the Ferguson protests were raging, someone changed the sign at a St. Charles bar to call a six-shot special the "Mike Brown" special.

At the time, people were ready to torch the bar over the insensitive change, but the owner was able to explain that the sign was a community chalkboard over which he had no control. A customer changed it, he faced all kinds of backlash, but it still went viral.

All of that makes this decision on the part of Mug Shots, a St. Joseph bar, that much more amazing.


A “Michael Brown Special” is now being offered at Mug Shots, a Missouri bar. The six shots of Jose Cinge for $10 drink has sparked quite a controversy both in the town of St. Joseph and around the country.

Mug Shots bar is reportedly known for its “sarcasm is always free” mantra. One of the co-owners of the Missouri bar now regrets his most recent attempt at sarcasm and the creation of the Michael Brown Special drink.

During an interview with WDAF-TV local news, the co-owner who asked not to be identified, said, “[The Michael Brown Special drink] was not meant to cause any harm. I should have thought a little bit more about it before I made it a shot special.”

Or maybe he should have Googled it first.

[Title updated to correctly reflect location of the bar]

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