An Ohio music store by the name of Joe’s Music has come under fire for it hesitancy to to sell its merchandise to Trump supporters. The owner, who has only been identified as Joe, hung a sign in his window denouncing right wingers’ practices. Then, the shop’s owner shared a photo of the sign to Facebook. The original post has since been deleted.
The sign claims that the owner feels as though taking Trump supporters’ money is a reflection of his own personal morality. In fact, the sign says that the owner would “rather starve and close the store” than sell to that group of people.
“Dear Trump supporters,” the sign reads. “I am truly sorry, however I feel unclean and dirty accepting money from you. Please, politely shop somewhere else. Sorry, I would rather starve and close the store than participate in wrongdoing. Many blessings to you. I hope you understand.
You can check out the sign below.
According to Cleveland 19, the owner took to Facebook again to clarify his position after the sign amassed a ton of backlash.
“Let me be very clear this is not a ban,” Joe says. “I am asking people to make a choice. There is a difference between asking and telling. I am not refusing service to anyone.”
However, Joe’s decision has come with hefty backlash, despite his intentions.
“I did not do this for attention,” Joe says in a story with the Hill. “I have posted things before about President Trump, so I didn’t expect this response.”
That said, many people have taken to various social media platforms to contest the owner’s latest policy.
Dear Joe, of Joe’s Music; Oh yes, yes we DO understand. We understand that you are a self righteous SOB. Maybe they should make a lot of signs & place a big red circle with a line through it over your business name. But then they would be acting like you and that would be wrong.
— Suzan Leiby (@suzan_leiby) February 20, 2019
Additionally, a shop that goes by the same name in Michigan, has since denounced the Ohio shop’s practices.
On the flip side, many are also supporting Joe’s Music.
Trump supporters are upset that someone is keeping them out of a place…. Using doors and walls 🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/im5yXKOYH8
— Noopy Scroops McDoops (@NoopyMcdoops) February 20, 2019
— Bec (@beccanalia) February 20, 2019
According to the Hill, Joe’s Music offers lessons in addition to selling instruments.
What do you think of the shop’s decision not to sell to Trump supporters? Sound off in the comments below.