Coffee Shop Criticized For Satirical Punch Card Featuring Trump’s Face


LIVE FROM THE KDKA BROADCAST CENTER IN DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH THIS IS KDKA TV NEWS AT SIX. A COFFEE PUNCHCARD IN ALLENTOWN IS CAUSING A STIR FEATURING THE FACES OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND NOTABLE FIGURES LIKE RUSH LIMBAUGH. EVERY TIME YOU GET COFFEE THEY PUNCH A HOLE. THE CARD IS GETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION IN THE SHOP OWNERS I GETTING ANGRY PHONE CALLS AND THREATS AS FAR AWAY AS CANADA. WE WENT TO THE COFFEE SHOP TO CHECK IT OUT — NEW AT 6:00. AT BLACK FORGE COFFEEHOUSE THEME IS PUNK ROCK AND HEAVY METAL. IF YOU HAVE A BLACK METAL COFFEE SHOP WHAT DO YOU EXPECT? THEY HAVE OFFERED FREE PUNCHCARDS SINCE THEY OPENED IN AUGUST 2015. ON THE OTHER HAND I COULD SEE WHERE IT WOULD BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME PEOPLE. THEY HAVE GOOD COFFEE, THOUGH. THIS IS THE PUNCHCARD STIRRING THE POT. IT FEATURES PRESIDENT TRUMP AND VICE PRESIDENT PENCE ALONG WITH TED CRUZ AND BILL O’REILLY AND OTHERS. THE CO-OWNER WANTS PEOPLE TO KNOW IT WAS INTENDED AS A FUNNY WAY TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS. WE ARE NOT CONDONING VIOLENCE OR HATE. IT’S OUR WAY OF EXPRESSING OURSELVES. SHE SAID THE CARS WERE RENTED BEFORE THE ELECTION. IT WAS PRINTED WAY BEFORE WE KNEW THAT DONALD TRUMP WOULD BE PRESIDENT. IT WAS WHEN IT WAS SANDRA DYLAN THERE. MANY SEE IT AS DISRESPECTFUL. SOME SAY THEY WANT TO PUT BULLETS IN OUR HEAD AND THEY HOPE THAT WE BURN INSIDE OUR BUILDING. IRONICALLY, THE COFFEE SHOP IS LOCATED NEXT DOOR TO THE POLICE STATION. MANY OF THE OFFICERS COME TO THE SHOP REGULARLY TO GET COFFEE. THE OWNERS HAD TO GO TO THE POLICE STATION TO TELL THEM ABOUT THE HARASSMENT THREATENING MESSAGES. PEOPLE ARE OFFENDED BY DIFFERENT THINGS. THIS IS A BIG POLITICAL STATEMENT. I’M NOT SURPRISED. I THINK IT’S A GOOD BUSINESS MOVE BECAUSE IT GETS PEOPLE TALKING. THE PUNCHCARDS NOT GOING ANYWHERE. IT’S OUR FREEDOM AS AMERICANS AND AS A SMALL DISTANCE.

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