A North Carolina tow-truck driver is defending his decision to abandon a woman on the highway after noticing she was a Bernie Sanders supporter when he arrived to help her with her car.
Cassandra McWade experienced a minor car accident outside of Asheville on Monday, and local tower Kenneth Shupe was dispatched to the scene after she called for assistance. Shupe was about to load up the car, but then he noticed that McWade’s car had Sanders bumper stickers on it, and told her that he wasn’t going to help her after all.
“Something came over me, I think the Lord came to me, and he just said get in the truck and leave,” Shupe said. “And when I got in my truck, you know, I was so proud, because I felt like I finally drew a line in the sand and stood up for what I believed.”
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There are a few takeaways from this. It is not illegal to refuse service for political beliefs. And I don't think it should be. I think it is stupid though. I work every day with people who have worldviews and political beliefs which to put it mildly, I think are cretinous. But I'm not at work to debate or discuss politics or punish people with different beliefs than I. I'm there to make money. Why, absent being backed into a corner somehow, would I let politics get in the way of that? The other thing is, and there may be more written about this later, is that people who enjoy hearing about travel bans or boycotts launched at states who do not adhere to the latest NYT approved socio-sexual customs should remember that boycotts and service refusals can go both ways. The bad publicity that Shupe's business is receiving may cause him to rethink his policy of not helping self-identified Sanders supporters. Or it may not. He may get more business from Trump supporters. I don't know. What I do know is that as a culture and country we need to step back from the idea that we should only do business with people who think like we do. Or we're going to need to split up.