Man asked to leave bar by staff after being refused tap water to take medication

A man was asked to leave a bar after he was refused tap water to take his medication.

Jonathan White, 25, asked a female bartender for a glass of tap water in the Clock Hotel pub in Hebburn, North Tyneside. He was told to pay for £1 for bottled water instead.

In the video captured by Jonathan, he repeatedly asks the blonde barmaid for a glass of water to swallow some antidepressant pills due to his a "medical condition", but she told him to get out of the bar if he did not pay.

Cabin crew Jonathan was out with his pal Shaun at the pub at 9.45pm on June 15 when the incident took place.

In the video, the barmaid can be heard saying: "If you've got a medical condition, you've gotta go home."

After Jonathan insisted that he needed water to take his antidepressants, she then said "you can tape us as much as you like".

Jonathan was "shocked and upset, and already vulnerable".

Speaking about the incident, Jonathan said: "I was anxious and scared.

"I was made to feel stupid and insecure around her. Shaun thought she was nasty. I even told her that I'd bought two pints.

"I couldn't see why she wouldn't just pour me a glass of water for my medication."

Jonathan said he only brought cash enough for two pints, and does not own a contactless card while his American Express card failed to work.

A police spokesman told Mail Online: "Shortly before 10pm, June 15, police received a report of an assault at the Clock Hotel, Hebburn.

"Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to contact police by calling 101 and quoting reference number 1217 15/06/19."

The Clock Hotel has been contacted for comment but was unavailable.

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