The owner of a diner in Debary, a small Florida city, has a big message for supporters of U.S. President Joe Biden: “I don’t want your business.”
The owner of the DeBary Diner, Angie Ugarte, told Orlando TV station FOX 35 she decided to deny service to supporters of President Biden after 13 American service members were killed at the Kabul, Afghanistan airport. She made her position known with a large sign on her diner’s entrance.
Ugarte said many of her customers are veterans. She blames Biden for the recent Middle East deaths. “I was just angry,” she said in the interview, adding she felt let down by the president.
She said she felt like denying food service at her diner, which she has run for about five years, was the only way she could express her anger and disappointment with the president’s policy.
The sign reads: “If you voted for and continue to support and stand behind the worthless, inept and corrupt administration currently inhabiting the White House that is complicit in the death of our servicemen and women in Afghanistan, please take your business elsewhere.”
The diner, which specializes in Cuban style food, had to close its doors soon after the sign went up. The closure was not because of backlash from her customers. Her customers appreciated her message so much she sold out of food and had to close the door because there was nothing left to cook. Ugarte said she has received a flood of calls from around the world offering help with feeding veterans. A number of calls by a reporter were greeted with a busy signal, this afternoon.
“I’ve had people come to the door and look at it and turn around and walk away” Ugarte told FOX 35. “And I’ve had people come into the kitchen while I’m cooking and say, ‘Hey, I love your sign.’”
The DeBary Diner owner said she will keep the sign up until all Americans who want out of Afghanistan are home.
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