Denyse Santoro, the owner of Ballaró, a wine bar and tapas restaurant in New York City’s East Village, was reportedly bullied by a group of 15 drunk Taylor Swift fans for refusing to play the singer’s music exclusively.
In an email to the restaurant’s neighboring tenants, published by Gawker, Santoro explained why the sidewalk in front of the restaurant now features a profane warning for Taylor Swift fans.
According to Santoro, the incident started with the intoxicated group berating her and her wait staff, “screaming ‘BOO, YOU SUCK!’ at me and my wait staff because Taylor Swift wasn’t playing on our sound system.”
Santoro continues, “I then played two Taylor Swift songs for them to placate them and they were dancing and singing all together so I assumed I had made my customers happy. However, after the two songs ended and the playlist moved on to other artists, they started complaining even more and it escalated.
“They started screaming that the songs I played weren’t the right one and I was told that, ‘This place is sh**, the music and the people here suck.” I was then told to, “Go back to your country with that f****** immigrant face.”
Santoro then kicked the group out of her restaurant, leaving their $500 bill unpaid. The next day, Santoro wrote an incensed sidewalk warning to Taylor Swift fans. The message and Santoro’s email, which both contain profane language, can be found uncensored on Gawker.