After a restaurant added a post to their Facebook account expressing what they “believe in and support 100%” politically, including President Donald Trump, standing for the national anthem, repealing Obamacare, and drug screening welfare recipients, along with a list of items they “DON’T believe in or support,” the backlash was so great the owner decided to close.
As reported by ABC 15, Tucson, Arizona restaurant Cup it Up American Grill closed indefinitely after a Facebook post went viral and created an unexpected backlash including threats from displeased customers.
According to Ron Sanchez, whose granddaughter was employed by Cup it Up American Grill, “People threatened to burn down the restaurant with the owners in it. It’s a crazy world we’re in.”
As a result, the owner posted an announcement saying the restaurant was “closed indefinitely.”
The original Facebook post that backfired on the restaurant began, “It’s time Cup it Up American Grill made a statement.” It then outlined a variety of points the owner did and did not believe in. The restaurant also asserted that they “won’t show NFL games until the organization got it together.”
Cup it Up’s post also said, “If you like this post, please share it with 5 friends and we look forward to your next visit!
“If you disagree with this post, please share it with 100 friends and we won’t be expecting you any time soon!”
Some customers agreed with what the restaurant had to say. Ericka Ayup, a frequent diner, said, “I respect their decision to speak up and be patriotic whether people agree or not.” However, she added, “It wasn’t smart for them to do what they did from a business aspect especially being down here in the University, which is more liberal and young.”
Once the owners decided to close, the posted a sign on the door of the establishment, that read:
“Dear Loyal fans and Patrons of Cup it Up American Grill,
“We have made a decision to close our doors indefinitely as of today, Monday, October 9, 2017. The safety of our employees, and our families is of great concern and is our #1 priority at this time. We would also like to extend a special thanks to our Military and First responders. Thank you all and God Bless.”
The original viral post has since been deleted, and the remaining content is very limited. However, the organization did “apologize for having to close down” and said, “We hope that our customers can forgive us.”