Wetherspoons accused me of being drunk and slurring my words but I'm deaf – it was so humiliating | The Sun

A WETHERSPOONS punter claims staff accused her of being drunk and slurring her words – without realising she's deaf.

Sally Arathoon, 47, says a bartender "refused" to serve her a second alcoholic drink and a coffee for her husband Scott.

The staff member accused her of "speaking too loudly" and claimed she was drunk at the Wheatsheaf Wetherspoon in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

Scott and Sally had gone into the pub for a drink after Scott's mum's funeral.

Sally has rare Ménière's disease – affecting the inner ear – meaning she lost 55 percent of her hearing, dad-of-three Scott said.

Scott told the Liverpool Echo: "She had gone to the bar and she looked at me and she looked mortified and she was shaking.

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"She was shaking with her hands because when she gets anxious she shakes with her hands."

Sally explained she was deaf and even took out her hearing aid to show staff, he said.

But the bartender allegedly insisted she was drunk – and wouldn't serve her.

Sally had been ill for three years and was diagnosed with Ménière's disease in December.

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Scott added: "The damage and humiliation has already been done, having to remove hearing aids to show her she was deaf in front of other people has left my wife embarrassed, humiliated and upset and not wanting to leave the house again today."

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "We are investigating the incident and cannot comment further at this stage.

"We will be happy to speak with the people concerned once we have fully investigated the incident."

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