Ellen’s Restaurant in Dallas, Texas found itself in deep merde after pictures of their guest checks went viral. The message at the bottom of the guest checks, usually reserved for “thank you for shopping”, had a more political message. They said:
Thanks for visiting Ellen’s! A portion of this week’s proceeds will be donated to organizations dedicated to implementing reasonable and effective gun regulations. Welcome to Dallas!
Normally nobody would think twice about such a thank you message. EXCEPT:
- This is Texas
- The 2018 NRA convention is in town, and
- They are (or were) taking in a LOT of money from NRA members looking for something to eat.
The NRA issued a call to boycott Ellen’s after discovering such a message that would use their money to support anti-gun groups like Everytown for Gun Safety or Moms Demand Action. The NRA tweeted:
And the boycott worked because Joe Groves, the owner/partner of Ellen’s tweeted in part:
Early this morning, we began posting a message at the bottom of our receipts stating that Ellen’s intends to donate a portion of our proceeds this week toward the efforts of finding common ground and compromise in the fight to eliminate needless gun violence, especially in our schools and against our dedicated police officers.
With a limited number of characters available for that message, we simplified it to say we support “reasonable and effective gun regulations” toward that end.
What was not expected was that those two words — reasonable and effective – would be misinterpreted as our support for gun control. The mistake was an honest one. The opposite is true.
They went on to say they: “And like the NRA, we also support finding solutions” for gun violence. They also said they support the Second Amendment 100%!
Well, this appears to be a bold-faced lie! They were caught with their pants down when a message exchange surfaced to show the owner of Ellen’s was definitely anti-gun:
After being caught, they did add a message showing support of the Second Amendment. Too little too late if you ask me.
I wonder: what their gross receipts will be after this fiasco? Maybe lawful gun-owing Texans should make this boycott permanent. What do you think about this?