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A bar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is under fire today, after a young woman accused the club of stamping her hand with the word “nigger.”

Taylor Ward, a freshman at LSU, had gone to Reggie’s, a local establishment, with friends, but her mood quickly soured when she noticed the stamp on her hand was a racial slur.

“The bar stamped our hands at the door, and shortly after I noticed that the stamp spelled nigger backwards. I immediately showed my friends,” she told CLUTCH. “We decided to bring it to the manager’s attention. However all he had to say was, ‘It’s a stamp,’ so we left.”

Ward said the stamp itself was upsetting enough, but what upset her the most was the manager’s indifference to her concerns.

“I was really shocked. What upset me the most is that it was blatantly disrespectful and it was obvious that the design of the stamp was intentional,” she explained.

While it doesn’t appear Ward was singled out for the stamp because she’s Black–she said others in the mixed crowed were also marked with the slur–she is frustrated by the entire experience.

“I just don’t understand why we’re still having to deal [with] racist incidents like this in 2015,” she wrote after posting the image to Twitter.

This isn’t the first time Reggie’s has been accused of being discriminatory. Earlier this month, the Daily Reveille, a student paper at LSU, published an interview with a Black student who said he was turned away from the bar because of his shoes. Interestingly, the bar’s dress code bans “political” clothing and “inappropriate symbols” on shirts, but flies the Confederate flag.

Ward’s first experience at Reggie’s was disheartening, but she isn’t letting the bar off the hook. In addition to sharing the image on Twitter, she said her parents are taking this matter “very seriously” and trying to decide what to do next.

CLUTCH reached out to Reggie’s for comment on this story, but has yet to hear back.

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  • Randy Aucoin

    First of all, I live in Baton Rouge. Second of all, this image with the confederate flag is a fake! I have been to Reggies many times and recently within the last 2 months and this flag is not in the bar at all. As for the stamp, get the F over it! I find Black Lives Matter a racist and terrorist organization as a white person that needs to be stopped! Of course, I do not get a free pass to complain because I am white. Who is the racist now? The stamp was a mistake! Get over it! It is an upside down G and R. Like the owner said, is he not able to sell Gin now because of what it spells backwards? Blacks need to get a grip and a life!

  • Randy Aucoin

    Who wants to go to Niger with me? Sounds like a pretty racist country to go visit.

  • Lao Zoot

    “Marked with the slur”… please.

  • mywordsaremypower

    Well she entered the bar and must of seen that flag. Your going to tell me she went to bar and did not look at anything behind the bar?None of her friends noticed this flag and felt any urgently to feel uncomfortable or fear of their friends safety? Probably not as it is easy to be white in those places. Everyone notices what is behind the bar. So she saw the flag and after the controversy of what is symbolizes she should of opted to leave the bar, not by her own fault but for safety. She does now know who could be watching her. It is now her very last and only time she will probably go to the hick dive.

    • Mark Wester

      Well, it if confuses you to NOT know if your going into “FRED’s” Bar or
      “REGGINS” Bar then your probably too drunk to care. Or your a DUMB ASS!!! If a white girl
      goes into Reggins and gets an underage stamp and it say “CRACKER” then I
      can see some legitimacy in her Argument of being called a “REGGIN”
      but…she proved nothing of the sort. So….if she doesn’t like being a
      “REGGIN” then don’t act like ONE!!!! lol..sorry..couldn’t resist!!!!!

    • mywordsaremypower

      How was she acting like one?

  • Mark Wester

    Well, it if confuses you to NOT know if your going into “FRED’s” Bar or “REGGINS” Bar then your probably too drunk to care. If a white girl goes into Reggins and gets an underage stamp and it say “CRACKER” then I can see some legitimacy in her Argument of being called a “REGGIN” but…she proved nothing of the sort. So….if she doesn’t like being a “REGGIN” then don’t act like ONE!!!! lol..sorry..couldn’t resist!!!!!