Well, in a manner of speaking. But it's refreshing to see a small business establishment with the chutzpah to show more loyalty to their loyal customers than to free advertising that might be generated by the presence of overblown windbags - like Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann or Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer.
Employee Jessica Labrie taped a sign reading "No Politicians, No Exceptions" to the outer door of Colby's Breakfast & Lunch, a popular eatery in Portsmouth, N.H.
Labrie said these politicians have visited their restaurant several times since the summer. Each time, Labrie said, their presence was an interruption.
The most recent candidate visit came Monday when Roemer, a fringe candidate, stopped in. Labrie said Roemer popped in unexpectedly and announced who he was to the entire restaurant.
“It disrupted people’s conversations who were having breakfast,” she said.
A similar situation occurred in the summer, when Labrie said Perry and Bachmann visited the restaurant for lunch. She said the visit was marred by overbearing campaign staff members who requested to reserve one side of the small restaurant despite there being only 10 tables in the entire establishment.
“They said, ‘Just so you know you’ll have the pleasure of waiting on Gov. Perry and (Congresswoman) Bachmann. Don’t be nervous. Just be yourself and you’ll be fine.’”
Labrie said she responded with, “I don’t know if you really want me to be myself.”Imagine that. Campaign staff who are overbearing. I like this girl's spunk. I also like her boss's attitude.
[Owner Jeremy] Colby said candidates and politicians have been stopping in since the summer and have at times overwhelmed his small business.
“I find it incredibly rude,” said Colby, who said his political views are as liberal as they come. “I also find it amusing that they talk about how the economy and small business is so important, yet they are OK with creating a disturbance that impacts my small business.”
Having owned the small downtown restaurant since 2003, Colby said, his business model is only successful if he is able to turn over its 28 seats in an orderly fashion. He said that is hard to do when a politician barges in and interrupts customers as they dine.
“I don’t appreciate Joe Blow coming in here and whoring around the dining room for votes,” he said.So, have faith folks. There are a lot of little Americans out there who recognize whoring when they see it.