The Berryhill Baja Grill says it will not let political correctness ruin its celebration of Christmas.
The Houston area restaurant chain put signs up in each of its five locations that warn potential customers to be prepared for a big serving of Christmas spirit and patriotism when they walk through the door.
“Notice. This store is politically incorrect. We say Merry Christmas. God bless America. We salute our flag and give thanks to our troops, police officers, and firefighters. If this offends you, you are welcome to leave. In God we trust,” say the signs, which are simply signed “Berryhill.”
Berryhill CEO Jeff Anon said he was inspired to put up the signs when he saw the generic red cups debuted by Starbucks this winter, which he and other Christians have interpreted as the company’s attempt to downplay the celebration of Christmas.
Anon’s son showed him similar signs at other stores across the country, and he decided to follow suit.
“I don’t think anybody means anything bad or mean when they say ‘Merry Christmas’, and I thought somebody had to stand up and say enough of this,” the CEO told KTRH NewsRadio.
Even with the politically incorrect warning, Anon says business is still good at the popular Tex-Mex chain and most of his customers approve of the message.
“I’d say for every one who thought it wasn‘t appropriate, probably 10 to 20 who thought it was and supported it," he said.
“I guess the political correctness has gone overboard sometimes,” customer Randy Massy commented.
“I celebrate Christmas. I salute the flag. I’m an American. It doesn’t offend me at all,” said attorney Cynthia Bivins while eating lunch with her friend at the chain’s Post Oak location.
Other businesses have used the same sign to express their unapologetic support of America and Christian values.
“We didn’t do it for the publicity,” bakery clerk Katelynn Jackson added. “It was just to prove a point. We still live in America, and we’re standing up for what we believe.”
“I had no idea it was going to turn out like this,” bakery owner Trent Schuler told Breitbart regarding the “overwhelming amount of support” he has gotten from the public.