I read that article on the BBC website, not just the headline, and noted with interest that the policy is now being reconsidered. That is for the business to decide. If their policy leads to them going out of business, that is there own decision. They could always change their policy.
However, the policy of not serving uniformed personnel is an interesting one. The Armed forces have a policy about drinking in uniform in public, but that extends to alcohol. Soft drinks and water may be consumed when on duty.
Any shop, bar or business that decides to enact a blanket ban on serving a person based on what they are wearing should be reported. If those chaps were wearing a dishdasha and the bar refused to serve them a cup of tea, I'm sure the headlines may have been as prominent. Although, in today's climate, perhaps as acceptable to a certain breed of mind?
The fact that these guys were on pall bearer duties is one thing, but the issue to me is the fact that the bar owner held in refusing to serve the guys in the first place.
It's an almost victorian attitude to our personnel. Must keep the tommies from our premises incase they decide to cause any trouble or bring down the tone of the establishment.
I've encountered that attitude many times before, and still do today. I and my family were once asked to leave a pub, which we had booked for a meal, when they spotted my ID card in my wallet. I was with my wife, children and parents. Naturally we left, and ensured that all our friends and family were made aware of their policy and behaviour. I'm sure it has no bearing on the incident or our reaction, but that pub is under new management.
Simply put, if the staff had used some discretion or even actively thought about the consequences of their actions, then there would have been no incident. The business owner would not have lost custom, and a grieving family would not have been further upset. But who uses discretion these days when there is an overwhelming eagerness to enforce petty policy on someone. Nothing beats that smug feeling of satisfaction when you adhere to the rules thoroughly.