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Virginia Bakery Booming With Business After Telling Joe Biden “No”

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Having a celebrity or big-time political figure stop by your place of business is a surefire way to attract some attention to your business. But I think turning down said celebrity or political figure because you don;’t agree with their beliefs is a even better way to attract business.

In Virginia, Chris McMurray, owner of “Crumb and Get It” bakery, was offered the chance to have vice-president Joe Biden stop by his bakery on the VP’s way to Blacksburg, Virginia. But, in retaliation to President Obama’s now infamous “you didn’t build that” speech, McMurray declined the offer.

Wednesday morning, advance teams for Vice President Joe Biden walked in. “I approached her she said Joe Biden is coming to town today,” McMurray said.

“Crumb and Get It” is a mom and pop store. Literally. Chris and his wife Kelly run the place and need all the business they can get. McMurray said the Vice President’s entourage got to the point and made its pitch. “She said they have selected ‘Crumb and Get It” to be his stop on his way to Blacksburg and was wondering if that was ok.”

Here’s the part that might make other business owners crazy. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime but essentially I said ‘No offense to you or the campaign but I just decline you guys coming in here. At that time she said ‘Are you sure? There’s going to be a lot of press, a lot of activity,’” McMurray said.

Why in the world would a new business owner say “no” to a photo op with the Vice President of the United States? McMurray said it was President Obama’s recent remarks about small business and who built what.

“Very simply, ‘you didn’t build that’” McMurray said. “Speaking of small businesses and entrepreneurs all across this country and actually last night my wife was up all night. No sleep, she’s worked a full 24 hours.”

When “Crumb and Get It” said ‘no’, “River City Grill,” just around the corner, said ‘yes’ and has the pictures to prove it, and didn’t care about the politics.

But wait: we haven’t even gotten to the best part of the story yet.

Here’s the back story, we’re told that shortly after Crumb and Get It told Biden’s advance people ‘no’ — the secret service walked in and told Chris McMurray ”Thanks for standing up and saying ‘no’ — then they bought a whole bunch of cookies and cupcakes.

And they weren’t the only ones thanking McMurray for his refusal. The bakery saw so much business that day that they ran out of food and closed at 1:15 PM.

Not only did this guy completely snub the Obama campaign, (which I absolutely love) but he essentially chose his beliefs over his business. He could have sold out and gotten a little photo op, but Instead, he chose to stick to his guns and he got richly rewarded for it. Just goes to show you that a little integrity can still go a long way in the business world.

By the way, what does it say about the Obama administration when even the Secret Service aren’t backing them?

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