On Thursday, the National Rifle Association told it’s members to boycott Ellen’s in Dallas, Texas, because of the restaurant’s support of common sense gun laws. When customers pay, the bottom of their receipt reads: “Thanks for visiting Ellen’s! A portion of this week’s proceeds will be dedicated to implementing reasonable and effective gun regulations! Welcome to Dallas!”
The restaurant chose to do this now because of the NRA’s annual meeting held at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center May 4–6, where approximately 80,000 people were in attendance. Ellen’s owner, Joe Groves, told local news outlets he decided to add the note to the bottom of the receipt because of conversations among patrons and comments made towards his staff.
Groves posted on Facebook: “I’m making a list of the vile, racist, moronic conversations overheard from NRA attendees eating at the restaurant. They don’t even speak softly.”
Groves told the Dallas Morning News customers were making racially insensitive comments to his staff.
“Do you keep your illegals in the back?” they allegedly said to his Hispanic staff. To his African American staff, the customers allegedly said: “You don’t sound black. Where are you from, India?”
The NRA then tweeted to it’s more than 660,000 followers to boycott the restaurant.
Attn @AnnualMeetings attendees. Steer clear of Ellen’s in downtown Dallas! Why go there when there are so many other great choices. 🤔#sorrynotsorry #StandAndFight #DefendTheSecond pic.twitter.com/joX7pPoPm4
— NRA (@NRA) May 5, 2018
There has been a mixed amount of responses to the incident on social media.
Some Twitter users have agreed with the restaurant including “Blue Bloods” actress Bridget Moynahan who wrote, “If I ever come to #dallas I’m coming to see you #ellens #comprehensivegunreform #brunchoclocksomewhere.”
Another person tweeted: “Decent food, but I don’t need the people who fry my eggs deciding my right to bear arms.”
Groves told BuzzFeed News the restaurant has also received phone calls threatening “to shoot the place up.” About an hour after the NRA posted its tweet, Ellen’s decided to make the message more clear.
“What a day this has been!” Groves wrote on Facebook, stating that Ellen’s was not in favor of gun control.
“The opposite is true we support the Constitution, including the 2nd Amendment, 100%. And like the NRA, we also support finding solutions to the senseless killings that happen much too frequently. We believe those two things are completely compatible.”
[Washington Post] [Photo courtesy REUTERS/Joshua Roberts via The Atlantic]