Apparently, food truck operators these days need to be so “woke” that if they’re toting any ethnically charged food that they’d best steer clear from Homeland Security installations.
Don’t believe me? Then check out what’s going on in New York with the Buffalo-based taco truck that recently apologized for serving up their eats to ICE agents in the area.
The taco truck company, called simply Lloyd, is in the middle of a controversy after serving workers at an immigration detention center in upstate New York, and then subsequently apologizing for it.
You didn’t misread that, a food truck published an apology online for selling food to people who enforce our federal laws.
We're sorry. pic.twitter.com/chKkSGwwBr
— lloyd (@whereslloyd) October 24, 2019
The taco truck company had parked one of its trucks at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia and served lunch for workers there last Wednesday. What caused the whole outrage from the online snowflakes was that the company had posted their route that they had scheduled out for the day onto Twitter.
1.) Department of Homeland Security (4250 Federal Drive, Batavia)
2.) @larkinsquare (745 Seneca Street, Buffalo)
3.) Airborne Business Park (300 Airborne Parkway, Cheektowaga)
— lloyd (@whereslloyd) October 23, 2019
When the sky-screaming children saw that Lloyd intended to serve tacos to ICE agents, they attacked the comment section of the food truck’s page.
Some self-proclaimed clients who had stated they’ve eaten the tacos before were now vowing in the comment section of Twitter to never eat their tacos again. As silly as that actually sounds, for whatever reason the taco truck company felt compelled to put out an apology the next day, saying it was a mistake to have served Immigration and Customs enforcement workers.
They expanded to say that there was “no excuse” for their actions while acknowledging their ties with the local immigrant and refugee community.
Then came the second, and honestly more logical, wave of backlash from this whole debacle: why was a food truck was apologizing for serving workers on their lunch break?
In what world does a company feel the need to apologize for serving food to federal law enforcement officers who work in dangerous conditions? Pathetic pandering. The men and women who work to enforce our immigration laws and protect us deserve better. https://t.co/0LUqpxrDZn
— Rob Ortt (@SenatorOrtt) October 24, 2019
ICE Buffalo Field Office Director Thomas Feeley went so far as to call it discrimination against the facility workers. Feeley said in a statement to CNN:
“The men and women who work at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility are detention officers, deportation officers, administrative support staff, doctors, nurses, judges, attorneys, and maintenance staff. Each and every one of them is entrusted with the safety, security, and care of the detainees here.”
Feeley continued on:
“We are doing our jobs, enforcing the laws passed by Congress. Just like we have for many presidents. We will not apologize for doing this, not even to a food truck that now chooses to discriminate against us.”
On the heels of the uproar, on Monday came the second apology. At a news conference, Lloyd co-founder Pete Cimino said their intention was never to be political.
“We make tacos, not war.” he said.
Still, whomever was running their Twitter account managed to create strife by apologizing for serving some tacos to agents.
“Chris (Dorsaneo, the co-owner) and I want to fully and sincerely apologize for our past statement after our truck’s visit to the federal detention facility in Batavia last week,” Cimino said. “Our statement was hastily made, and we reacted too quickly to criticism we received for that visit.”
But with angry customers on both sides, and apologizing for their apology, the taco company became a representation for America’s culture wars. The question is, who are they going to attempt to appease moving forward? Will they disregard people who get mad at them serving food to federal agents or will they cave to people asking them not to make a profit and prosper?
Well, from the looks of it, it seems that the company is just going to err on the side of serving tacos to whomever wants to enjoy them with the co-owner stating:
“You know, we just want to serve tacos. This is not a political thing by any means.”
Now if they were really smart… they would have paid attention to what happened in the world of food politics in Texas over the summer. It left U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) furious.
He decided to try and doxx Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, publishing the business’ name among those of 44 constituents who gave the maximum donation to President Donald Trump’s campaign.
His hope would be that the knowledge would crush the company.
But just the opposite happened.
Business is booming at Bill Miller Bar-B-Q after published his business’ name
Rep. Castro actually singled out Bill Miller Bar-B-Q in his tweet. He published the list of Trump supporters, whom he accused of “fueling a campaign of hate”:
Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump — the owner of @BillMillerBarBQ, owner of the @HistoricPearl, realtor Phyllis Browning, etc.
“Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”
Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’ pic.twitter.com/YT85IBF19u
— Joaquin Castro (@Castro4Congress) August 6, 2019
But according to Fox News’ Todd Starnes, it backfired.
“The day after Castro published that hateful screed, thousands of Texans piled into their pickup trucks and drove to the nearest Bill Miller Bar-B-Q.
“Social media reports flooded in showing massive drive-thru lines backing up onto busy streets. Hungry customers patiently waited in lines out the door.”
Even Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott jumped on board. The next day, he tweeted a photo of plate of barbeque from one of the chain’s 75 locations, declaring it was a “Perfect night for @BillMillerBarBQ.”
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 7, 2019
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It’s not the first restaurant chain in Texas to come under fire. In case you missed it… here’s what happened in March, brought to you by Sgt. A. Merica.
And it’s worth noting that the former mayor of San Antonio is none other than Rep. Castro’s twin brother…
I haven’t seen any scientific studies on this, but I think it’s safe to say that 98% of my fellow officers aren’t exactly healthy eaters on the job.
Pack a lunch? Nah. That’s what God invented the drive-thru for.
Because of that, police officers are to fast food restaurants what sommeliers are to fine wine – nobody knows them better.
Ask most of us, and we’ll tell you what fast food restaurant is the most LEO-friendly – Chick-fil-A.
They treat us like gold. We don’t go there for the free food, but I don’t think they’ve let me pay any time I’ve gone there in uniform.
Their staff is kind, prompt and respectful. Their prices are fair. Their food is delicious. There are actually healthy meal options for us (not that we choose them, because those fries are like crack). And most of all, they’ve proven time and time again that the Christian values that the company is run with translate into deep respect and appreciation for law enforcement, something that many people seem to lack these days.
Suffice it to say the latest story I read about San Antonio International Airport discriminating against them in the name of inclusivity chapped my ass.
In case you missed it, the San Antonio City Council rejected a potential Chick-fil-A location at the airport this week.
According to media reports, the latest Food, Beverage, and Retail Prime Concession Agreement, which is a seven-year contract, is set to generate more than $2 million for the Texas city.
And although other restaurants and retail spaces were approved, Chick-fil-A, which was proposed, was struck down.
Councilman Robert Treviño said that the council made the decision based on inclusivity.
“With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” he said. “San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”
“Everyone has a place here,” he added, “and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport.”
No, you hypocritical jack ass. Discriminating against a company because of their religious values isn’t “inclusive”. It’s “exclusive” and frankly, arguably a violation of the separation of church and state.
It’s another demonstration that progressives welcome freedom of speech and religion as long as it’s what they believe in.
The decision came after Think Progress published a “bombshell” on Chick-fil-A earlier this week, revealing the company’s tax documents and the organizations they support.
The business’ foundation donated more than $1.8 million to organizations considered “controversial” because of their stances on biblical marriage.
Those organizations included the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army, which have come under scrutiny regarding their stance on LGBTQ issues.
Chick-fil-A issued a throat-punching yet incredibly Godly response after the reports were released, condemning the spread of untruthful and biased reporting.
A restaurant representative expressed their disappointment with this statement:
“The press release issued by Council Member Treviño was the first we heard of his motion and its approval by the San Antonio City Council,” the spokesperson said. “We agree with him that everyone is and should feel welcome at Chick-fil-A. We have a fundamental code of conduct at Chick-fil-A: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
The statement went on to explain that the restaurant embraces all people from all walks of life.
“The 140,000 people who serve customers in our restaurants on a daily basis represent and embrace all people, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity,” the statement noted. “Our intent is to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”
They finished the statement by extending a diplomatic offer to the city council.
“We would still welcome the opportunity to have a thoughtful dialogue with the city council and plan to reach out to them. It’s unfortunate that mischaracterizations of our brand have led to decisions like this,” the statement concluded. “The sole focus of the Chick-fil-A Foundation is to support causes focused on youth and education. We are proud of the positive impact we are making in communities across America and have been transparent about our giving on our website.”
Let’s be clear – using the power of your office and taxpayer dollars to discriminate against a company because YOU don’t like their religion isn’t just wrong – it’s unconstitutional. It’s time we start removing people like this from power.
In the meantime, thanks for reminding America which restaurant we should be dining at… and which city we should avoid traveling to.
America still exists – apparently just not in San Antonio.