Town That Refused to Serve Sarah Sanders Now Needs Emergency Funds Because Suddenly Nobody Wants to Go There

A small town in Virginia made the news after one of its restaurants, the Red Hen, refused service to the White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The owner then chased Sanders’ in-laws across the street to another restaurant and reportedly harassed them there. it appears that the small town may be suffering the consequences of the image sent out by that owner’s actions.

Lexington, Virginia has suffered a tourism hit, ever since the Sanders incident in June.

From Fox News:

The area’s regional tourism board is pulling together emergency funds to boost its digital marketing campaign, the Roanoke Times reported Sunday. The money is normally saved, however, officials agreed the region is in desperate need of positive coverage after the Sanders controversy.

The tourism board serves Lexington, Va., where The Red Hen is located, and other communities that are about three hours from Washington, D.C.

Following the incident, the tourism board was flooded with thousands of calls and emails — and the complaints are still coming. The office received a letter Thursday from a Georgia family that wrote to say it would never return because of what happened.

That’s a lot of negative reaction for a small town to recover from, said Patty Williams, the director of marketing said, saying it had a “significant impact.”

People dinged the Red Hen restaurants in reviews. Protesters even came out to the restaurant and it was shut down for a couple of weeks.

And the owner had to resign from the local business board that she was on after her actions because harassing people was not the look they wanted.

From PJ Media:

Local businesses were reportedly appalled by Wilkinson’s “small-minded and intolerant” decision to boot Sanders from her restaurant and at the time, some called on her to step down from her position as executive director of the volunteer-based organization Main Street Lexington.

Wilkinson resigned from the position on June 26.
“Considering the events of the past weekend, Stephanie felt it best, that for the continued success of Main Street Lexington, she should step aside,” said Elizabeth Branner, president of the Main Street Lexington Board of Directors.

Sanders dealt with it with great dignity, just getting up and quietly leaving when the owner asked her to leave.

But maybe the town should invite her back and try to remediate the negative with a positive, showing they want to be welcoming to all.

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Arthro
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Arthro

Liberal business owners are sometimes complete morons. Republicans have disposable income to spend in your store. They have jobs, pensions, annuities and they tip 20%. Democrats have mom’s maxed out credit card with a $500 limit and a $25 iTunes card they got from grandma. And they tip 15%, at most. Maybe someday liberal business owners will figure out why you shouldn’t alienate half of the population. Idiots.

Jeff Y
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Jeff Y

Maxine Waters is an insult to humanity. If not for her ability to hoodwink uneducated ghetto voters, she herself would be a bag lady living under a bridge. there is nothing civil, intelligent or worthwhile about that ghetto urchin. The fact that she is a lawmaker in this Country is simply embarrassing.

Christine Vermeulen
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Christine Vermeulen

First we are NOT a Democracy we are a REPUBLIC. Second Karma is a bitch. Don’t go there and vote red and remove these Communist from our Republic.

Classy2
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Classy2

I read that the Red Hen owner is a relative of Meryl Streep; bet she still thinks she did the right thing. Too bad the vicious libs get all the publicity but the majority of hard working citizens don’t operate by or approve their behavior.

Ann Marie Compesi
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Ann Marie Compesi

See the problem is the restaurant owner did the wrong thing by making this a political issue. I owned a restaurant for 7 years, and no matter what your political stance, you don’t verbally/vocally state it in your business. For instance, when Obama came to our town, Golden CO for a rally, even though I didn’t like him, I still went down there and talked to Secret Service about lunch,… Read more »

Herman Vogel
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Herman Vogel

There is an old saying. “You are judged by the company you keep” Obviously, the business owners in this town need to do something fast or they too will be tainted by this Evil Deed

Tonia
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Tonia

Glad the Red Hen doing poorly, after kicking Sara our. KARMA can be a bitch

carol
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i’m so happy that many AMERICANS have finally said enough is enough”””””’no matter what you think about politic’s ”we have the right to go out to dinner and NOT be harassed””””””’keep it up AMERICA””’

JOHN PERRY
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JOHN PERRY

You reap what you sow.

Earl
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Earl

I am a PRESIDENT TRUMP supported and I would avoid The Red Hen and the town of Lexington, because I do not know if this is the feelings of the whole town. There are other towns in the area to go to. Racial OR political discrimination is the same. To consider anyone that is not your equal is WRONG.

Debbie F
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Debbie F

Violence always comes from the Left. They just can’t get over the fact that President Trump won the election fair and square. You didn’t see the Republicans behaving badly with Obama in office for 8 lousy years. Dumbocrats just don’t get it. I hope the restaurant that refused service to Sarah is boycotted to the point they have to close their doors.

LauReen F Perkins
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LauReen F Perkins

Don’t give them a dime!!!!

Copperman
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Copperman

Can’t believe that it is legal to not serve someone because of their political views, but it is…..maybe the laws need to be changed…..we have protection against religious discrimination why not political discrimination? Any thoughts?

Sharron C Beaty
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GOOD!!!!

Steve Hollar
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Steve Hollar

I’m not a big believer in karma, but then again.

Lori P
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If the small town in Virginia really cares about the way Sarah was treated by this outright Bitch, that thought she was special because she’s related to Meryl Streep( a real good friend of Weinstein’s (LOL)kick her and hers out of the town, this thing also caused trouble for a business across the street ,hope anywhere she moves, realize s what a worthless piece of garbage she is, do you… Read more »

Santiago Tello
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Santiago Tello

Serves them right. I hope they go bankrupt.

tacticomp
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tacticomp

DEMONcRATS Continues their COLLECTIVE SUICIDE! and Self Destruction!
“Never interfere when the enemy is committing mistakes”!

RDP
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RDP

See, this is why you don’t antagonize an elephant.

Reg Ekiss
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Reg Ekiss

When any business or other entity demonizes either Republican or Democrat, they are alienating half of the possible patrons. Don’t do it, don’t be that small minded and don’t be filled with that level of hatred. Service with a smile and don’t do anything to their food. that is against the law.

Magnus Piscator
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Magnus Piscator

I wish I lived near Lexington and had visited so that I could also never go there again! lol

Jim Foster
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Jim Foster

Don’t you see what they’re doing? They’re trying spoil the roaring Trump economy before the election by destroying their own businesses. Bwahahaha

beverly
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beverly

They’ve apparently never heard or understood the expression, “You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar”.

Karla
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Karla

I feel that justice has been served, the actions of this despicable restaurant were to all very clear. Red Hen is from that moment on off-grid to decent people in America. It’s sad such a small town has people like this within.

J
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J

Get Woke, Go Broke

Ernie's Pile
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Ernie's Pile

The fact that they are getting their due reward is POSITIVE (IMO)!

Spamalot
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Spamalot

Stephanie Wilkinson stepped down as an executive director of Main Street Lexington, an organization tasked with promoting economic viability. Perhaps the town should sue her for mismanagement.

Roy Henderson
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Roy Henderson

That’s how karma works

Mary
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Mary

Maybe the owners of the Red Hen should repay the other businesses involved. They were the ones who started it. I thought it was funny when the restaurant was booked solid for several days after closing for 2 weeks. They were all locals! No tourists.

Colonel Sanders
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Colonel Sanders

Does anyone believe this bullshit story? This is a real example of fake news.