We knew Republicans were mean skinflints, but “Burrito Bouncergate” — a recent bit of gossip from FitsNews — really takes the cake.
On Tuesday, a mysterious “burrito bouncer” described as having “no eyebrows” walked into Moe’s Southwest Grill in Charleston, S.C. and prevailed upon the manager to give four patrons the boot in time for a media event with GOP Governors Nikki Haley (S.C.) and Chris Christie (N.J.). These customers, who somehow must have looked more liberal than the others, were then shown the way out by security “in mid-burrito.”
One of the burrito bouncer’s victims insists that they got ejected from the premises “on suspicion of being Democrats.” And — to add insult to injury — the manager refused to give them a refund for the burritos they weren’t given time to eat! Instead, the manager ordered them to “leave now,” and “come back later with issues.”
One of these presumably former customers told FitsNews:
“The guy giving the order was a younger guy, about thirty, and I could swear that he had no eyebrows. Not a bad looking guy, but no eyebrows.”
FitsNews investigated and, of course, discovered the burrito bouncer’s true identity as Kurt Pickhardt, a ham-handed Haley staffer who also organized a disastrous campaign “kick-off rally” for Haley in August which hardly any one bothered to attend.
Christie has gone on a whirlwind tour to support various Republican campaigns — Governor Haley’s running for re-election — and possibly to bolster a possible presidential run in 2016, now that everyone’s forgotten about “Bridgegate.”
Apparently, the GOP’s agenda has become so toxic and volatile that the Republican leadership can only handle it with radioactive-proof kid gloves, in leak-proof canisters, which can only be exposed in heavily-padded safe rooms. This hardly seems surprising, given how cozy Chris Christie’s Republican Governors’ Association has gotten with its wealthy benefactors, the Koch Brothers. Or, as Fitsnews queries:
are these “Republicans” fearful of anyone other than easily controllable mainstream media being permitted to record their public statements?
“I told him I was a paying customer, and that I had yet to finish my burrito and chips. He said we had to leave at that moment.”
Meanwhile, another thwarted burrito customer told FitsNews:
An anonymous fellow started talking to the Moe’s manager, pointing at us. My friend, Sylvie, mentioned it to me and I wrote it off. A few minutes later, the gm, who looked quite unhappy, told us we needed to leave now. I told him that I was a paying customer, and that I had yet to finish my burrito and chips. He said we had to leave at that moment, that it wasn’t up to him and that they knew why we were here, or something to that effect. I asked him if he really wanted to do that, and told him that I was a blogger and that I’d make a huge deal about it, and that there was a swarm of media there. After he asked me three times to leave, I left because I didn’t want to be arrested. We went back later to get our refund which he couldn’t give us at the time, due to the urgency of us leaving. It was a different manager, who said he was working earlier also, and that it was weighing on him all day. He was totally understanding, gave us a couple of free burritos, and told us that we had been flagged by someone with Haley as “threats”. While I have been involved in activism, my party of three has no criminal record I’m aware of, and none of us own guns or weapons of any kind, besides cameras and twitter of course.
Okay, so maybe these customers planned to protest, heckle, or dissent. But since GOP Governors Haley and Christie held their press conference in a public place, they had every right to do that. At the very least, they should have given their patrons a refund.
Because Moe’s management handled the incident so poorly, FitsNews recommends that their readers boycott Moe’s.
Whatever the case, as much as we enjoy Moe’s we’re taking the restaurant off of our list of frequented dining establishments – and would encourage our readers to do the same.
Obviously we believe Moe’s has the right to refuse service to anyone it chooses on any basis it pleases … but it must then deal with the consequences of its actions in the broader marketplace. And while we don’t expect our calling attention to this shameless example of pandering to have any sort of seismic impact on the company’s bottom line, in this economy every penny counts …
h/t: Former AATTP writer Dominic Kelly.