Coffee is generally warm, fuzzy, and awakening. Apparently, if you are conservative, it can also be lethal.
Black Forge Coffee House in Pittsburgh has a new punch card. As part of a buyers incentive program, the card has pictures of conservative leaders on it, and when a coffee is purchased, the store punches the conservative in the head and it appears the person was shot it the head.
The card features President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, former Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee, hedge fund founder Martin Shkreli, media mogul Pat Robertson, and three political pundits: Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, and Rush Limbaugh.
“We are definitely not advocating violence,” said Nick Miller, co-owner of the Black Forge Coffee House, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “This is purely political satire statement and an expression of frustration with the system.”
“We’re not threatening the president,” Corts said. “We don’t want to physically hurt him, we do not condone any sort of hate. It’s completely against who we are.”
Trump was reportedly just added to the card.
Turns out they also like to pretend to shoot religious leaders as well. Past pictures included evangelists and televangelists Creflo Dollar, Billy Graham, and Jerry Falwell.
Not everyone found the pro-violence message humorous.
“It’s definitely been a rough couple of days. It escalated quickly and not to the intent that we wanted,” Ashley Corts, co-owner of the heavy metal themed shop, said, noting that multiple callers have called her misogynistic vulgarities and others suggested that “someone should put bullets in our heads,” and one caller hoped that the pair “burned alive in their building.”
The coffee place considers themselves cutting edge, grunge, punk and all that. Oh yeah, and they are all about non-violence. Its just really hard to tell by the pro-violence message they are sending out to their customers.
I mean, it was “fake news” that almost got a pizza shop shot up in Washington DC last year. So of course, it is all harmless.
Maybe if the “card” were on the other foot?
It would be interesting to see what would have happened if any other major coffee chain would have pictures of Obama and other liberals getting shot in the head, how would that have turned out? How about some other religious leaders, like the Reverend Al Sharpton, or Jesse Jackson?
Where would the pink hat brigade go with Hillary being “shot” in the head?
Here is video of the controversy, from Fox News.
We are not about violence . . . We just depict it whenever we can, against anyone who opposes our view. Not really buying that argument.
Personally, I’ll go decaf before I let my children see me supporting kind of establishment. Fortunately, this is America and we have that choice.