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Marine Veteran and War-Wounded Amputee Thrown Out of Charlotte, North Carolina Bar With Family

…And once again the State of North Carolina distinguishes itself in our pages.

Garrett Carnes, of Mooresville, North Carolina, lost both legs to wounds received while fighting in Afghanistan.

According to reporting by the Charlotte Observer, Carnes and his family went to a Charlotte bar, called The Moosehead Grill to relax. The problem? The Cowboys were playing the Panthers that day. And several members of Carnes’ party were wearing Cowboys Jerseys.

A verbal altercation ensued, according to the Charlotte Observer:

The incident happened after Carnes, his wife Courtney, their parents, and friends Brett and Nicole Coburn stopped at the restaurant for dinner after attending the Carolina Panthers’ game against Dallas. Several members of the party, including Garrett Carnes, were wearing Dallas Cowboys jerseys.

“Courtney was the first one out of the vehicle, and while she was getting Garrett’s wheelchair, one guy immediately started yelling at her,” said Brett Coburn, who described the man’s comments as “taunts.”

Coburn said that when the group reached the front door, the fan was waiting for them.

“He was standing at the door, and he started harassing us because of the Cowboys jerseys,” Coburn said.

He said the fan told Garrett Carnes, “Don’t use your wheelchair as a crutch.”

Restaurant staff then asked Carnes and his party to leave, but escorted the Panthers fan to a different area of the bar.

The Cowboys won the game, 19-14.

Meanwhile, the owner of the Moosehead, Chris Nielson, says he is “heartbroken,” and wants to make it up to the Marine and his family in some way. According to him, the fan who taunted the Carnes family was “not a regular.” Nielson also says “I didn’t want them to leave.”

It is not clear why the staff asked the Carnes party to leave and had the “not regular” fan stay.

For some reason, the Charlotte Observer was able to interview the fan who taunted the Marine and his family, but does not identify him. Other local sources identify him as Josh "Tank" Watts. According to sources and confirmed via his LinkedIn profile, Watts is a security guard for the Charlotte Bobcats.

A Facebook page called “Boycott Moosehead” has 205 followers as of this writing.

P.S. Lest anyone think I’ve just been slagging on North Carolina lately, here’s a slide show of photos on how the town of Mooresville, NC, welcomed Cpl. Carnes home last spring.

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