'Yield For Bacon' Advertisement Pulled Because Local Resident Won't Eat Pork

August 25, 2014 - 2:26 PM

A local Vermont woman is up-in-arms about a restaurant sign because, as a Muslim, she is "personally offended by it."

The Winooski, Vermont restaurant "Sneakers Bistro & Café" decided to take part in a city-approved program that allows restaurants to advertise their businesses in exchange for tending the local flower-beds, according to WPTZ.

The bright yellow sign advises drivers to "Yield For Bacon" at Sneakers.

However, their advertising didn't go as planned when the woman wrote that the word "bacon" in the advertisement is insensitive to those that cannot consume pork.

The restaurant took down the sign after the owners contacted the woman and apologized for "any harm" caused by the sign, WPTZ reported.

The city decided to side with the woman:

"The cool part of living in a diverse community is that it's not always comfortable. It's a fascinating place with lots of opportunities for conversation. The City has to pay attention to a lot of factors while acting within what we can regulate," said Katherine "Deac" Decarreau.

But, other people in town support Sneakers' right to advertise its product. As one resident said:

"I respect her religion and her right to believe what she wants, but I'm pretty sure the first amendment extends to bacon and the selling of it."

Once the issue spread nationwide, users took to Twitter to express their outrage that the restaurant caved:

 

The Winooski Islamic Center has not returned calls for comment or made any public statements to the media at this time.