Tensions have been running high in America ever since Election Night, when it finally became clear that reality TV star and well-done steak lover Donald Trump would squeeze out an improbable win against Hillary Clinton. But in Iowa—a state that voted 51.8 percent Republican—a bar is fighting back after being accused of hitting Trump supporters where it hurts the most: their wallets.
Stella, a popular restaurant and sports bar in University Heights, reportedly spent the weekend charging customers based on how they voted in last week’s presidential election. According to CBS 2 News, the restaurant had a sign posted on the door that said, “Yes, this is discrimination, but you voted for it.”
Though the business typically charges a $5 cover during University of Iowa football games, an employee was stationed at the front of the restaurant on Saturday, asking customers which candidate they voted for.
Those who said they voted for Trump, and were rooting for Michigan, found the words "Trump Michigan” hidden under a flap, and were told to pay a $20 cover. Trump voters rooting for Iowa, however, had a cover charge of $10, while Clinton supporters for either team were charged just $5. Those who said they didn't vote were charged $10. CBS 2 has a picture of the nifty clipboard payment rules.
Though the story has been making the rounds on social media this week, Stella’s manager Kevin Perez says the price scheme was intended to be a joke.
"It wasn't about the money, it was about the joke," he told the Press-Citizen. "I have no problem if you voted for Trump. I have no problem if you voted for Gary Johnson. It was a funny way engage. There was no fighting, no violence, no anything. Five people got mad over the nine hours we did it, and they would just leave."