The Obama administration is now hurting small businesses through more than its policies. Obama’s mere welcoming at one pizza restaurant has sent some customers buying elsewhere. Politico reports,
The owner of a Florida pizza shop says people are boycotting his business because he bear-hugged President Barack Obama on Sunday.
“People are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant,” Scott Van Duzer, 46, told POLITICO. “There’s no middle line anymore, and that’s exactly what’s wrong with our country right now.”
The owner of Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Restaurant in Fort Pierce, Fla., said that both Democrats and Republicans are welcome in his store.
Since then, Van Duzer’s store has even received negative reviews on Yelp, the restaurant review site, with a flood of one-star ratings and comments ranging from sarcastic to angry.
Reviewers have made tongue-in-cheek comments such as, “the problem is that if you order one, you have to share the pizza with everyone else in the restaurant.” Others wrote things like, “I will never go to this place again. After seeing this so called Republican hug Obama, I’ve lost my appetite.” And a host of commenters wrote comments wondering if Van Duzer “built” his establishment, which is a reference to Obama’s infamous “you didn’t build that” comments he made on the stump in Virginia.