Vermont restaurant removes ‘bacon’ sign after one Muslim woman complains

A Winooski, Vermont restaurant chose to take down an advertisement after receiving a singular complaint from a woman who claimed Sneakers Bistro & Café’s “Yield for Bacon” sign was offensive to her Muslim faith. On radio this morning, Mike Broomhead filled in for Glenn and had a blunt message for those who are easily offended.

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“[W]hile the world is on fire… [and] radical Islam on the march across the Middle East… Let me tell you what we’re doing in the U.S.,” Broomhead said. “A sign advertising bacon in Vermont has been taken down after a Muslim complained about the sign on the internet.”

Sneakers put up the sign (photo below) after partaking in a community campaign known as “Operation Bloom.” According to WPTZ, the program allows businesses that tend the town’s flowerbeds to post an advertisement.

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After Sneakers posted there cheeky sign, a conversation began on the Winooski Front Porch Forum about the political correctness of the ad.

WPTZ reports:

It started with a post from one woman who wrote that the sign was insensitive to those who do not consume pork. She said as a vegan living in a Muslim household she is personally offended by it.

The owners of Sneakers spoke to WPTZ. They say they’ve reached out to the individual who made the post and proactively took the sign down. They also say they regret any harm caused by the sign, and that their goal was never to cause stress or bad feelings.

While members of the community believe Sneakers’ decision to remove the sign was respectful, few believe it was necessary.

“It’s nice that they were respectful enough to take it down,” Caleb Wiley told WPTZ, “but I also think they shouldn’t have, or had to at any rate.”

TheBlaze highlighted a few social media posts on the topic that seem to share a similar sentiment:

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“Let me say something to anybody out there who is an American Muslim,” Broomhead concluded. “If you’re offended by a sign that says ‘yield for bacon,’ you should drop on the ground, face Mecca, and pray to Allah that you’ve got such a great life… If that’s the biggest problem, maybe you should open the newspaper.”

Watch the WPTZ-TV report below: