A small business owner in Vernal, Utah, is raising eyebrows with a controversial policy surrounding how much he charges liberals and conservatives for smoothies. George Burnett, owner of "I Love Drilling Juice & Smoothie Bar," has implemented a price structure in which liberals pay more for their drinks than their conservative counterparts.
Burnett, an advocate who is known locally for his support of the energy market (just look at the name of his smoothie bar), has made no bones about his plans to charge liberals $1 more for their fruit-filled drinks.
"I'm very open about it, very public about it, that I'm going to charge them a little bit more, and I have liberals come in and pay the extra dollar surcharge," he told KSL-TV.
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The fee, alone, is enough to infuriate admitted leftists, but they may be even more frustrated when they learn what Burnett does with this extra $1: He donates the monies to conservative causes like The Heritage Foundation, a right-leaning think tank. Despite seeming inflammatory, Burnett claims that his goal, rather than to offend, is to spark conversations about regulatory structures and the energy industry.
"Really what I'm focused on is the fiscal differences between big government/small government and liberal ways, as far as entitlements and spending," he told KSL. "We have a fiscal problem in this country. We've got to deal with it or we don't have a country, so to kind of help make that point, just a little bit, I charge (liberals) just a little bit more."
While some have taken to Burnett's Facebook page to voice concern (one person called his price structure "pathetic"), others are supporting it. The business owner reports that, despite some pushback, a few liberals (he said three, so far, have paid extra) are happily doling out the difference for his smoothies.