WDBJ7 New River Valley Reporter
1:26 p.m. EDT, August 16, 2012
"Crumb and Get It" in Radford had to shut down at 1:15 p.m. Thursday because they ran out of food.
Would you say no to the Vice President?
One New River Valley business owner turned Vice President Joe Biden down. To see video of the story, click here.
This might happen more than you
think from both political parties, most businesses just don't talk about
it. The owner of "Crumb and Get It" - did.Chris McMurray's bakery has been open only since May, barely three months.
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.
and Get It" is a mom and pop store. Literally. Chris and his wife Kelly
run the place and need all the business they can get.McMurray said the Vice President's entourage got to the point and made its pitch.
"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."
Here's the part that might make other business owners crazy.
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.Why in the world would a new business owner say "no" to a photo op with the Vice President of the United States?
McMurray said it was President Obama's recent remarks about small business and who built what.
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."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!
Back at the bakery, a couple of guys said they'd hoped to see Biden and didn't care that the VP had been turned away.
mean it really doesn't matter to me. Everyone has their own views so I
love the food here anyway. I agree. Everybody's different so I could
care less," said Spenser Critterton of Radford.Here's the back
story, we’re told that shortly after Crumb and Get It told Biden’s
advance people 'no' -- the secret service walked in and told Chris
McMurray ''Thanks for standing up and saying 'no' -- then they bought a
whole bunch of cookies and cupcakes.McMurray said he's hoping
folks will understand he just didn't want to be part of a photo op for
an administration whose policies he doesn’t agree with.**UPDATED*** Virginia business owner declines request for Joe Biden to stop in
WDBJ has updated their story noting that today “”Crumb and Get It” in
Radford had to shut down at 1:15 p.m. Thursday because they ran out of
food.” How awesome is that!***No doubt this Virginia business
owner will get some hate, but I bet he gets a lot more business because
he turned down Joe Biden’s request to stop in his store. And it’s
because Obama said he didn’t build his business. Ha!Watch to the end to hear the “back story” from the reporter:
Because of the late update I’ve change the publish time to get the
update more attention. The original publish time was Aug 15 at 22:09.
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