Chris McMurray — co-owner, with his wife, of the Crumb and Get It bakery in Radford, Virginia — recently survived a terrifying ordeal when a spokesperson for the Vice President of the United States entered his establishment with news that every small businessperson is loathe to hear: Joe Biden wants to have a photo op in your store…
Wednesday morning, advance teams for Vice President Joe Biden walked in. "I approached her she said Joe Biden is coming to town today," McMurray said…
"She said they have selected 'Crumb and Get It' to be his stop on his way to Blacksburg and was wondering if that was ok."
Can you imagine the fear that no doubt pulsed through this poor man's body upon hearing that? Joe Biden. In your store. Gaffing all over the place. Tracking socialism all over the freshly-mopped floors. Coughing his disdain for capitalism all over the baked goods. What do you do in that situation?!
"This is an opportunity of a lifetime but essentially I said 'No offense to you or the campaign but I just decline you guys coming in here. At that time she said 'Are you sure? There's going to be a lot of press, a lot of activity,’" McMurray said…
McMurray said it was President Obama's recent remarks about small business and who built what. "Very simply, 'you didn't build that'" McMurray said. "Speaking of small businesses and entrepreneurs all across this country and actually last night my wife was up all night. No sleep, she's worked a full 24 hours."
McMurray's wife was unable to comment herself, presumably because she was busy outside repairing U.S. Route 11 so that patrons could continue making their way to their place of business. Or something equally self-reliant.
Anyway, so what happened with Biden? Was McMurray's refusal enough to repulse the Vice President and send him back into the shadows from whence he came? Not exactly…
When "Crumb and Get It" said 'no', "River City Grill," just around the corner, said 'yes' and has the pictures to prove it, and didn't care about the politics.
"If you want to throw in some libertarians as well that's fine too. Stop in as well," Chris Bell said. "Just bring your money. Sure, right!"
Somebody had to be sacrificed to satiate the Vice President's enormous hunger for smiley photographs. Better him than me is what I say. It's the law of the jungle out there, man. Only the strong survive.
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