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    North Carolina Bojangles’ Manager Shut Out Trump Supporters After Rally

    North Carolina Bojangles’ Manager Shut Out Trump Supporters After Rally

    “It’s not all about the Bojangles’. It’s about every company and corporation that sits there and tries to tell us what we need to say, what we need to wear.”

    A shift manager at a Bojangles’ in Charlotte, N.C., locked out supporters of President Donald Trump after a rally.

    The Charlotte Observer reported that the manager “is no longer employed” at the restaurant.

    As Furick pointed out, the rally took place at Bojangles’ Coliseum, located about 10 minutes from the restaurant.

    The rally had a full audience with people watching it outside in the parking lots.

    From WCNC:

    To clarify, Furick said he asked people outside the restaurant why no one could get inside.

    “I said, ‘Hey, why’s the door locked?’ Guy in a wheelchair says, ‘They’re not serving MAGA supporters,” Furick told WCNC Charlotte. “They had said we had trashed the place earlier.'”

    As Furick looked in the restaurant, he said he only saw a small pile of debris. Furick said he made a gesture with his hand to an employee, and that’s when an employee held up his hand in a picture.

    Furick believes the restaurant missed an opportunity to win over customers and make money.

    “It’s not all about the Bojangles’,” he said. “It’s about every company and corporation that sits there and tries to tell us what we need to say, what we need to wear. You’re not gonna serve us? Yeah, you are, or you’re gonna get rolled over.”

    Furick said he’s not going to speculate on the political views of the Bojangles’ employee, but he may be visiting other fast-food restaurants in the future.

    Others have said that they will boycott the chain.

    Bojangles originally said that the crowds “likely overwhelmed restaurant employees that night, which led to the doors being locked.”

    The chain changed its tune on Wednesday, calling it a “bad decision:”

    To all our Bojangles’ fans. An unfortunate incident happened at our store near Bojangles’ Coliseum earlier this week. A manager made a bad decision to close the dining room. We apologize. That manager is no longer employed by Bojangles’. At a different store, a customer posted a sign that is not true. We welcome ALL customers.

    Then on Monday a sign appeared on a door at a Bojangles’ in Harrisburg that said employees will ask you to leave if you come in wearing Trump gear. But it was taped outside, which led some to believe the sign was a hoax.


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    tom_swift | March 6, 2020 at 4:23 am

    “They had said we had trashed the place earlier.”

    I’d have to hear a lot more about this little detail before I start slinging generalities or go into remote outrage mode.

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to tom_swift. | March 6, 2020 at 7:25 am

      What probably happened was that like all corporations these days they had laid off and or cut staff to the point they simply couldn’t keep up with keeping the dining room cleaning duties. And then they had the nerve to blame others for the mess and inability to perform their duties properly. (You’d think that being only 10 minutes away from the stadium and a rally they’d be properly staffed for the crowds. But I doubt it.)

        McGehee in reply to Lucifer Morningstar. | March 6, 2020 at 9:43 am

        Unless Bojangles is a huge exception to the rule, its stores are owned by franchisees who make all the staffing decisions for their store. It’s why despite the emphasis on consistent quality of product and service you can still have wildly varying experiences from store to store.

    Arminius | March 6, 2020 at 7:28 am

    I never knew there was a Bojangles.

    Antifundamentalist | March 6, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Refusing service because my beliefs differ from yours… where have I heard that before? Haven’t we established that this is bona fide discrimination and grounds for a massive lawsuit?

      Milhouse in reply to Antifundamentalist. | March 6, 2020 at 10:27 am

      No, we haven’t, because it isn’t, except in the very few places where there’s a law saying so.

      The general rule is that it is perfectly legal to discriminate on any basis you like, except those specifically prohibited by law. If I recall correctly US law bans discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, disability, and age over 40. I may have forgotten one or two other grounds, but that’s it. Anything not forbidden is automatically permitted.

      It is perfectly legal under US law, for instance, to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. State and local laws often add that one to the list, but not everywhere.

      Political opinion is not on the federal list, and is not on most states’ or localities’ lists, so most businesses may turn down customers whose politics they don’t like. Those that are in places that have banned it, can’t.

    McGehee | March 6, 2020 at 9:40 am

    I for sure would consider boycotting that store, if the manager in question still worked there.

    But I live in a state that was a lock for Trump from the moment he declared for president more than a year before the 2016 election, in a county that’s even more pro-GOP than average. I very much doubt the Bojangles store hereabouts would pull a stunt like this.

    They threatened to accept personal responsibility, clear their own tables, and leave the restaurant better than when they arrived.

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