A contractor who posted a sign on the entrance of his eccentric Italian café in downtown Honolulu ban on President-Elect Donald Trump trailer, removed the plate that broke a day after FoxNews.com a story about the serious policy.
“If you voted for trump, you can’t eat here! Not Nazis,” explains owner Robert Warner on a bright yellow, hand sign, which he taped to his Café, 8/12, front glass door.
“This is my place, and not to serve if I want a trump card to person that I can do,” he said to Hawaii News Now on Wednesday, a day after the FoxNews.com report generated thousands of negative posts in the story comment section, as well as on Yelp, Twitter and Facebook.
While Warner claims business was better than ever, as the story went viral in the media around the world, he took the note down on Wednesday, telling Hawaii News Now: “If someone came in and said, ‘Hey, I know you can’t say who I voted, but I voted for Trump, would you eat me?’ I would say, ” Sure, if you’re nice with me and I’m nice with you and you like my food, sit down, no problem.”
Jali Warner, Warner’s wife, told foxnews.com the same on Tuesday, the determination of whether a trump supporters ate it, “we do not put anything in your food.” Neither could be reached for comment by phone this week, because the phone has consistently rang.
Warner is known to channel the “soup Nazi” persona of New York City and Seinfeld fame to throw– “, pots and pans,” “complaining customer” and “do not hang-so-friendly reminders on butcher paper for its customers.”
Honolulu tech guru Ryan Ozawa, who said eating in the Café 8 ½ on Wednesday to show his support, as long as he is on the court, “it’s been provocative and snappy and cheeky.”
“He (Warner) had a sharp edge but his wife, offsets a lot of it. She said sweetly,” Ozawa.
However, not every customer will continue to keep the faith. A patron, said on Yelp, he has eaten in the cafe left, 8 ½ for two years, with its customers, when they saw the sign.
“I was so embarrassed, as my customer, you can read this (sign). I couldn’t believe what I saw…My client turned to me immediately and said, ‘I don’t think we are welcome here.’ My company will not patronize any establishment that serves up hate and discrimination, and the word ‘Nazi’, just because those political views.”
It would not be surprising if the business flourished in the predominantly blue state. Trump received just 29 percent of the General election, the vote in Hawaii. All four members of the congressional delegation, the Governor, and 70 of the 76 state legislators are Democrats.
However, the celebrity Beth Chapman from the CMT TV series “Dog and Beth on the hunt” to you and your husband, Dwayne “Dog” Chapman ‘ s adventures as a bounty hunter, to tell her 500,000 fans on Facebook, that you will never patronize the establishment.
In a call to FoxNews.com Chapman said, “I live in Hawaii, and I have for Donald Trump for President. I would never refuse service to someone based on whom they had supported in an election. It is totally unacceptable to breed for anyone, as hate in the “Aloha state”.