But it isn’t what you think. The diner was forced to close early yesterday because it was SOLD OUT of food following a huge surge in customers because of the new policy.
Daily Mail The Florida diner where the owner posted a sign (below) turning away Joe Biden voters after 13 US troops were killed in Afghanistan has had to shut its doors – because so many people called to buy meals for veterans that the small business ran out of food.
‘I’ve gotten so many people calling me from all over the world, from Europe, trying to purchase meals for veterans, which I still haven’t been able to organize,’ said Angie Ugarte, who posted the sign in the window of the DeBary Diner in the central Florida city of DeBary.
‘I think that the veterans will be fed for the rest of the year at the rate I’m getting donations.’
The business was temporarily closed Thursday due to the overwhelming amount of donations and diners the day before. ‘Hallelujah!’ a patron said upon noticing the diner had sold out of food following Wednesday’s rush of support.
That didn’t stop supporters from stopping by on Thursday, with one woman posing in front of the diner holding a Trump 2020 banner, while others coming from Daytona Beach, Hunter’s Creek near Kissimmee, and Monticello just east of Tallahassee.
Rod Phillips, a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Florida State Council, shook Ugarte’s hand for her support of military veterans.’We wanted to come over here and thank you personally,’ Phillips told Ugarte.
‘I respect the presidency of the United States, but this could have been handled much better, much better,’ he said. ‘Being a Vietnam veteran and combat-wounded, I don’t wish war on anybody. But there is a proper time and place to get out of there.’
‘One American is too many to be left behind enemy lines,’ he added.
Ugarte, who has owned the diner for five years, said she posted the sign last week after the suicide bombing by ISIS-K at Kabul airport that killed 13 US troops and nearly 200 civilians in Afghanistan.
She intends to keep the sign up as long as there are Americans still stranded in the country, adding she felt like it was ‘the only thing’ she could do to help the situation.
The owner said a lot of her regular customers at the diner are military vets, and has a wall inside featuring military decoration.
Reactions from her customers have been varied, and said some people ‘turn around and walk away’ while others have said they liked it.
She said: ‘If you really, really still stand behind what’s allowed this to happen in the way that it has happened — which was unnecessary — then I really, really don’t want to be associated with you in any way and I certainly don’t want your business.’
Other restaurants around the country have been paying tribute to the fallen troops, as well: