Lexington, VA, has had to dip into emergency funds to save the Red Hen restaurant from capsizing the entire tourism industry in their area. This after the restaurant refused to serve White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and her guest. The disgusting politically motivated decision came directly from the owner of the Red Hen and has cost their town dearly.
Let this be a lesson to other business owners who decide to turn their business into a political platform for the leftists.
According to Roanoke Times, all three localities met and decided to pull together emergency funds to increase digital marketing and spread positive messages of the area, especially Lexington, which brings in the largest number of tourists.
Rockbridge Regional Tourism agreed to spend an additional $5,000 per month from the office’s emergency fund from July through September.
The tourism office receives 0.8 percent of the lodging and meals tax collected from each locality. About 20 percent of its annual budget, which is around $800,000, is put into a reserve for emergencies.
Typically the money is saved. But each locality agreed the region was in desperate need of positive coverage after The Red Hen incident.
Director of Marketing Patty Williams said the area is still feeling effects from the controversy — the tourism office received a letter Thursday from a family in Georgia who said they would never come back to the area because of what happened. And during the immediate aftermath of the incident, the tourism office received thousands of phone calls and emails.
The backlash against the Red Hen was massive. It was so bad that people accidentally protested outside of the Red Hen in New Jersey, which is the completely wrong restaurant and is not connected to the Red Hen in Virginia. They are not owned by the same liberal unhinged woman who owns the one in Virginia. The Red Hen in New Jersey is very nice and loves all of their customers. The food is good too!
Let this be a lesson to all business owners out there. If someone walks into your restaurant and supports the president, or hates the president, then it’s not your job to judge them. If they’re good paying customers and are respectful to you and your staff, then they should be served.