Source: FOX 17

Morton's Steakhouse is responding to a social media firestorm regarding an alleged treatment of a cancer patient at their downtown Nashville location over the weekend.

According to numerous reviews on Yelp and posts on facebook, a large party of about 16 people held a company Christmas party at Morton's, The Steakhouse, in downtown Nashville, but there were no good tidings. After spending more than $2,000 at the Church Street location, one of the men dining with the group put on a wool beanie. Witnesses say he needs the added warmth because he is a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy.

The diners say their friend was asked to remove his hat, and explained the situation to the manager, who allegedly said that the gentleman should bring a doctor's note or call ahead so that he could be seated in a private dining area.  Witnesses say the cancer patient along with his wife and kids became very upset over how the situation was handled and they stormed out to leave. The police even arrived.

The incident has created a firestorm on social media.  One witnesses account posted on Facebook has been shared nearly 6,000 times already.  Dozens of people have commented on sites like Facebook and Yelp. 

One witness named Ashly posted this on Yelp. "I will never step foot in this establishment along with everyone else who was a part of our party. And we will spread the word of this terrible treatment until an apology is received. Unacceptable to say the least. 

Morton's responded on their Facebook page say, "Morton's fans: We are aware of the situation that happened at our Nashville location over the weekend. We appreciate you all bringing it to our attention, and we have reached out to the parties involved and can assure you that all facts will be uncovered."