PEORIA, Ill -- A U.S. veteran who saw active combat says he was treated offensively while trying to redeem a coupon for vets at a local restaurant Monday.
Ben Beyer says his wife received a text from Garner's Pizza and Wings offering a discounted lunch to vets.
When the couple met at the restaurant, Beyer says he was told to show proof of service and that his dog tags were not sufficient.
He says he has been to other restaurants in the past that did not question his service and showed more respect for veterans.
"They talk to you while you're in line, they want to know more about you, they generally seem concerned and appreciative," Beyer says of three other restaurants. "Where with this place, I was tossed aside."
Dan Garner is the owner of Garner's Pizza and Wings.
Garner says he did not hear any mention of dog tags or see them.
He says he served multiple veterans during lunch who showed proof of service.
"That's not the norm," Garner says of Beyer. "Most people were very appreciative. They were here, they were excited to be here, excited to have a free lunch today, so I'm not going to let that deter me. I'm going to do it next year."
Beyer says he was not disappointed about the discount, rather he felt the owner was being condescending.
The owner maintains it was the customer who was being rude and caused a scene in the restaurant's lobby.