A Northern California’s sandwich shop owner has come under fire for a publicity stunt offering customers who saying “send her back” with a free side dish.
John Canesa, who is the owner of Canesa’s Brooklyn Heros Deli in Clayton Town, North of San Francisco, introduced the promotion of Facebook in a show of support for recent remarks by the United States President Donald Trump, who has targeted left-learning ethnic minority lawmakers.
The sandwich shop owner was influenced by racist chants of “sent her back” targeted at Democratic Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, who is a Somali-American refugee, broke out at a rally of President Trump in North Carolina in June.
The controversial social media post of Canesa, which can no longer be viewed by the public but the screenshots of which are circulating on social media sites, also mocked about his ingredients in an apparent way at Muslims.
Last week’s post reads, “Meatballs made with beef today in case we offend any of our sensitive pork haters!”
In a series of post last Friday, Canesa claims that the promotion had gone well with customers, which had given out at least 65 free side dishes.
He wrote, “Come and get it we are about to sell out,” adding that “I have to post more often!”
Not everyone has been delighted by the promotion, with local Mayor Tuija Catalano claims it only served to promote “hatred and bigotry”.
Attached with the screenshots of Canesa’s promotion, she wrote: “When hateful comments are being promoted as part of a local business, they reflect on our community’s reputation.”
A Finland native Catalano said, “As an elected official, who is also a woman and foreign-born, I personally find a comment about sending anyone back over their political opinions unacceptable.”
Many on social media sites has also weighed in on the controversy with some termed for a boycott of business and other praising the idea.