Over the weekend, the owner of the Red Hen restaurant, Stephanie Wilkinson, refused to serve Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family. Now, the restaurant owner is feeling the consequences of her action.
In addition to being the co-owner of the restaurant, Wilkinson has also had an important role in the community of Lexington. She was the Executive Director with Main Street Lexington. Now, she's no longer in that role.
According to local news Virginia First, officials with the City of Lexington confirmed that Wilkinson has resigned from her position. The announcement comes after the organization posted that Wilkinson's actions were not the actions of the organization.
On Facebook, they wrote that Wilkinson's actions were made as owner of The Red Hen and "were taken independently from her role as executive director."
Wilkinson has still declined to comment. The post has since been removed from the organization's page.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders was denied service at a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Trump. Sanders wasn't the one who initially publicized the incident. She responded on Twitter after a server's post about her family being kicked out of the restaurant went viral.
In a since-deleted post, Jaike Foley-Schultz, who said he is a waiter at the restaurant, took to Facebook shortly after the incident to share that he had served Sanders and her family “for a total of 2 minutes” before the owner asked them to leave.
Sanders confirmed the incident in a tweet. Her response was pure class, showing who had the high road in the situation.
“Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for [President Trump] and I politely left,” Sanders tweeted.
She pointed out: “Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”
According to The Hill, the incident as caused a variety of reactions from both supporters of the POTUS and critics. They've taken to the restaurant’s Facebook and Yelp pages to leave one- or five-star reviews.
One Facebook user wrote, "As a native Virginian, I am outraged at your shameful treatment of Sarah Sanders. As a regular visitor to Lexington, I will not be spending one red cent in your restaurant. Is your intolerant treatment of Ms. Sanders because of her political views/association any different from the treatment of blacks based on race in the Jim Crow South? I don’t think so."
Another wrote, "I’m shocked your staff allowed their hatred for the President of the United States to become so ugly as to deny entry to a woman who works as our nation’s Press Secretary, who merely gathers & reports the news, doesn’t make policy. Your staff showed unfair political bias & discrimination. By such a knee-jerk reaction, you have made your establishment a place where no one could feel safe...neither right, left or middle-of-the-road leaning customers. And this makes me sad."
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