Pub landlady refuses to serve man with Tourette’s after telling him to be quiet
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A musician with Tourette’s has told how a cruel pub landlady told him to control himself or he would have to leave.
Steve Ley, from Devon, said he was having a drink with a friend in his local pub when the landlady came over and told him to behave in a “patronising” way.
He has now made a video that he has posted online to raise awareness of Tourette’s, reports Devon Live.
Carpenter Steve says he has to put up with ignorance on a regular basis about Tourette’s syndrome which causes people to have involuntary sounds and movements.
“It was a beautiful day and I was really happy to be out. I have drunk in there before but the landlady came over and was really rude and patronising to me.
"I was asked to control my Tourette's and to 'try and be quiet and on my best behaviour', and 'if I was bad' I would have to get out.
"I explained I can't control it and that it just comes out. I also pointed out what she was saying was discrimination because I have a medical condition which I can't help.
"She then would not serve me so my friend got me another drink. I was able to stay.
"I don't want to name the pub; I just want to educate people. Killing it with kindness gets you a bit further in life. Children understand it better than adults sometimes.
"It didn't get me down, down, but I thought I would do a video about it and post it on my Facebook page. It has already had 2,000 views."
Steve is well-known locally for his music and also for having appeared on television such as BBC3 documentary MisFits Like Us.
He said: “Having Tourette's can make you feel really isolated and alone. It can make you feel anxious and depressed sometimes, and it’s something that you just can’t escape from. I constantly feel like I have to apologise for it.”
One thing that helps to channel his tics is performing on stage.
Steve said: “I am a singer and I often perform at local pubs and festivals. I find that performing and being on stage really helps my Tourette's.
“I like to keep busy; my tics are at their worst when I am sat around doing nothing. I also have a great group of friends that help me and that I feel comfortable around."
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