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Brit soldier told to cover uniform at pub

Nov. 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM

SIDCUP, England, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A British soldier about to be deployed to Afghanistan was "humiliated" when told to cover up his uniform in a pub on Remembrance Day, a patron said.

The 22-year-old soldier, who asked not to be identified, was told by the manager of the Horse and Groom in Sidcup wearing his uniform in public was "against the law," The Sun reported Wednesday. When George Flett, a veteran himself, asked the manager what law he was referencing, the manager couldn't answer.

"It was disrespectful," Flett said. "[The young soldier] felt humiliated."

A spokeswoman for the chain owning the pub apologized and said the business welcomes those in uniform -- especially on the country's equivalent to the United States' Veterans Day.

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