Usually, restaurants will refuse to serve someone if they’re not wearing shoes or a shirt, but Cafe 8 1/2 in Honolulu, Hawaii is deciding to ban all Donald Trump voters. The Italian cafe has a posted yellow sign on the storefront window reading: “If you voted for Trump, you cannot eat here! No Nazis.”
The controversial political statement was posted up by the restaurant’s owners, Robert and Jali Warner. The couple’s restaurant has had grand reviews on Yelp, but controversy has swarmed them since putting up the anti-Trump sign. One angry customer posted on the cafe’s Facebook page the following:
“This smacks of discrimination!! Like discriminating against a bakery for not wanting to bake a cake for a certain group, or a minister not wanting to perform a gay wedding??? Is this not the same thing??”
And then another posted this:
“I come from a country that once banned all people from a certain group from entering restaurants, makes me feel enormously sensitive about your approach; in other words, I don’t see how people can’t be allowed into a bar just because they are black, or gay, or Jewish, or voting for Trump.”
Since the backlash, Jali Warner has attempted to backtrack the unprofessional move of displaying the controversial poster, telling news outlets she and her husband were never intentionally going to deny service to Trump supporters. “Robert just wants to express how much he doesn’t like Trump. 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.”
“We don’t put anything different [in] your food,” she continues about serving Trump supporters in her cafe. “We don’t want to create trouble. There is enough trouble in the world.”
Considering Jali’s rhetoric following the display of the anti-Trump message, it makes one wonder: why put up the sign in the first place?
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