New York grocery store owner under fire for offering vocal Trump supporters discounts

Get the latest BPR news delivered free to your inbox daily. SIGN UP HERE

CHECK OUT for best SWAG!

A New York grocery store owner said he is now facing calls for boycotts after announcing a 20 percent discount for supporters of President Donald Trump, even after he extended the offer to supports of Joe Biden as well.

In a Wednesday Facebook post, the Fresh Food Supermarket in Oakdale posted the announcement with a graphic indicating that customers would be able to claim the discount if they voiced their support for the president at checkout, though beer purchases were not included, Fox News reported.

Posted by Fresh Food Supermarket on Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Store owner Jose Colon, who was born in the Dominican Republic and is now a U.S. citizen, immediately faced criticism as platform users threatened to boycott his business and report him to local health inspectors.

Colon appeared dumbfounded by the reaction.

“We’re supposed to live in a free country,” he told Fox News. “This is weird. It’s crazy.”

As of Thursday, there was no similar post about a similar deal for supporters of the former vice president. However, Colon said he would nevertheless honor the same discount for those customers.

“We live in a free country where we support democracy, where we can go both ways, we can support left, right — whatever you want,” Colon said. “I decided to vote and support the best interest, I believe, for this country.”

“But at the same time, I meant to post, to do the 20 percent, also for Biden,” he added.

Another post to the store’s Facebook page contains a photo of a sign on a deli case that says, “ALL law enforcement, fire, EMS, doctors, nurses, healthcare staff, health department officials and senior citizens eat free until further notice,” with a thank you message “for all that you do now and everyday to keep our community safe & supplied.”

Yes is Free

Posted by Fresh Food Supermarket on Friday, April 17, 2020

However, Colon said, before he could get the Biden offer posted he was blasted with hate messages and threats of boycotts.

Messages under the post were mixed, but it appeared as though there were more negative comments than positive ones.

“Way to alienate customers,” wrote one Facebook user under the name Cecelia Karen. “I will make sure friends out that way don’t shop in your store. When you support Trump that tells us that you don’t care about what he has done to this country and how he has hurt the environment and taken away the rights of so many, including women, LGBTQ, other minorities, and immigrants.”

But, Colon noted, “I’m an immigrant as well. I came here to this country legally, and I’ve been working hard since day one.”

The store owner went on to defend his support for the president, who is from New York City, adding that he believes Trump has done well with the economy especially, pre-COVID, and that he’ll lead the country to a rebound.

“I made my comments, I made my point, I think I gotta live with it,” said Colon, stating further that his support wasn’t going to change.

“If this is gonna cause me losing my store, I’ll run it until Election Day. I’ll run it until the last day.”

As to his post about offering free food to public service employees and senior citizens, Colon noticed a difference in the responses.

“Nobody shared those posts, nobody put a nice comment on those posts,” he said.

One person did comment, saying “a massive rush” of pro-Biden health workers would “be a big problem for y’all.”


Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!

Success! Thank you for donating. Please share BPR content to help combat the lies.
Jon Dougherty


We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.

PLEASE JOIN OUR NEW COMMENT SYSTEM! We love hearing from our readers and invite you to join us for feedback and great conversation. If you've commented with us before, we'll need you to re-input your email address for this. The public will not see it and we do not share it.

Latest Articles