I actually support the right of Café 8½ to refuse service to customers who voted for Donald Trump.
As a private business, it is, and should be, your unqualified right to serve who you deem fit to serve. And this implies that you reserve the right to refuse service to those who do not. The ramifications of your business decisions either reward or punish your business success; this is the “check” that dictates and limits political statement on the part of business owners.
A Hawaii restaurant has reportedly posted a sign alerting supporters of President-elect Donald Trump that they aren’t welcome.
Café 8½ in downtown Honolulu boasts a handwritten note on its front glass door that reads, “If you voted for Trump you cannot eat here! No Nazis,” Fox News reported Tuesday.
The cafe was reportedly founded by Robert Warner, a former hair stylist and Seattle restaurateur, along with his wife Jali.
Turns out the sign is just more hysterical left-wing bluster of the type that has insidiously procreated in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. The sign, we are reminded by the passive-aggressive owners, is merely a statement and not intended to reflect store policy.
Jali said the restaurant doesn’t actually refuse service to Mr. Trump’s supporters, and she insisted they don’t “put anything different” in the food ordered by his supporters.
“Robert just wants to express how much he doesn’t like Trump,” she told Fox. “If people take it personally or it hurts them, we cannot help. That’s why we say they have [a] choice if they want to come or not come. We don’t force them.”
So they don’t really refuse service. Psyche!
Café 8½ must have contended with the pragmatic consideration that such a “ban” is hypocritical and impossible to police.
As one wise Yelp user wrote, “How soon we forget the wrath a bakery in the mainland faced for not wanting to service homosexuals. I always thought liberals were all encompassing and conservatives discriminating. This restaurant is an example of reverse discrimination or hypocritical discrimination.”
I guarantee you one thing: if this restaurant instead made a statement which “symbolically” refused service to homosexuals, the uproar at such a sign as a mere expression of belief would be deafening.