A tweet posted by @Wetherspoon__UK on October 20 this year stated: “Due to the ever expanding multiculturalism of our clientele we will be taking no part in this year’s poppy appeal campaign and no staff will be permitted to wear a poppy or any other political paraphernalia while working. We appreciate your understanding and continued support.”
Mr Hirst said: “This stuff goes around [the internet] like wildfire.”
He added: “Some old boy from the (United) States… came to the AGM in London and asked some very heated questions of the board why this was the position.”
The court also heard that a crowdfunding page had been set up to “fund Tom’s legal costs when Spoons finally lose the rag and set their legal team on me”, which has raised £125.
Twitter also asked for a copy of the order so it could “notify the user… before disclosure is made”, Mr Hirst added.