Restaurant receives threats after printing gun regulation messages on receiptsPosted: Updated:
(Meredith) – A restaurant in Dallas has received threats of shootings, fires and boycotts after putting a message on its receipts supporting "reasonable and effective gun solutions."
The messages on the receipts of Ellen's restaurant were printed during the time that a National Rifle Association convention was taking place nearby.
At the bottom of the receipts, a printed message read: "A portion of this week's proceeds will be donated to organizations dedicated to implementing reasonable and effective gun regulations."
Ellen's restaurant posted on its Facebook page that the words "reasonable and effective gun regulations" on the receipts have been misinterpreted as the restaurant's support for gun control.
"We support the Constitution, including the 2nd Amendment, 100%. And like the NRA, we also support finding solutions to the senseless killings that happen much too frequently," the Facebook post read. "After a very courteous and informative conversation with a customer, we realized how our message could be misconstrued and we moved quickly to clarify. By then, the situation had become viral."
The NRA had caused situation to go viral after posting a photo of an Ellen's receipt on Twitter.
"Steer clear of Ellen’s in downtown Dallas! Why go there when there are so many other great choices. #sorrynotsorry #StandAndFight #DefendTheSecond," the NRA's tweet read.
After the NRA's tweet had gone viral and restaurant employees spoke with customers, Ellen's modified the message on the receipts. The new receipt now reads, "A portion of this week's proceeds will be donated to organizations dedicated to implementing reasonable and effective gun regulations that protect citizens' 2nd Amendment rights and also help reduce needless gun violence."
The owner of Ellen's restaurant told BuzzFeed News people have called the restaurant saying "they’re going to shoot the place up; one that implied he would be burning us down today."
Ellen's restaurant took to its Facebook page to attempt to clear up some confusion about the receipt situation, saying the proceeds would go toward the efforts of finding "common ground and compromise in the fight to eliminate needless gun violence, especially in our schools and against our dedicated police officers."
"We believe our position is anything but controversial," the post read. "No one wants children to die in their classrooms. No one wants police to be killed in the line of duty."
Ellen's Facebook post has gathered nearly 2,500 reactions, comments and shares. The NRA's tweet has gathered nearly 24,000 comments, likes and retweets as of Sunday morning.
Ellen's restaurant has received hundreds of reviews, both positive and negative, on Facebook following the incident.
One Facebook user gave the restaurant a five-star review, writing, "Kudos to you for supporting sensible gun laws! Showing love from the East Coast." Another user gave Ellen's a one-star review, writing, "No thanks. I am definitely not wasting my time and money here!"