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2013-01-18 12:05:34 PM  
Obongo bongo bongo I don't want to leave Fartbongo oh nonononono
Obama bingle bangle, I'm so happy in rural Utah I refuse to go
 
2013-01-18 12:05:36 PM  
I thought consuming smoothies was a liberal thing to do.
 
2013-01-18 12:05:46 PM  

OnlyM3: SnarfVader


I don't have my GED in law, but political affiliation is not a protected class. I do not believe the fired employees have a case (especially in Utah).

That said, the owner is an asshat and deserves a boycott of his business.

I'm sure it will be as effective as you impotent boycott of that chicken joint.


There are no Chik-Fil-A places where I live, so I guess my personal boycott was successful.
 
2013-01-18 12:06:28 PM  

NutWrench: "Love it. We had to let two employees go to cover new Obongocare [sic] costs and increased taxes," Lee wrote. "Found two Obongo supporters and gave them the news yesterday. They wanted the idiot in the Whitehouse [sic], they reap the benefits."

I think that sums up the article nicely.

"Is your political affiliation protected?" he added, explaining that he thought what he did was not illegal. "I don't believe it is, but I don't know."

And this, too.


Based on the mans use of language he fired these people for supporting a black person. Imagine a Klansman beating a white man for dating a black woman. It's still a discriminatory act.
 
2013-01-18 12:07:06 PM  
Did The Onion change its name recently?

The quotes are too crazy to be real.
 
2013-01-18 12:07:14 PM  

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Dimensio: gja: lawsuits in 4....3....2....1

As noted in the article, the owner violated no laws in terminating employees based upon political affiliation.

This. It appears that most Farkers have not RTFA.

Political affiliation is a protected trait only if you are a government employee.

CSB:

Knew an old guy at the Tustin post office with 50 years service. (he refused to retire and get his pension since his ex-wife would get part of it). Now this guy WAS a gold-plated stereotype for the uber-conservative know-nothing meme. Made Ronald Reagan seem like a squishy liberal. He would get into farking political arguments with customers, and when talking with like-minded people would loudly complain about the mindlessness of liberals. USPS management couldn't touch him.

/CSB


Should have asked him why he worked for a socialist organization like the US Postal Service. Surely a rugged, bootstrappy guy like him could have found better work in the private sector? No? Well, then he was just a big-government parasite--no better than a liberal! That would have been a fun conversation.
 
2013-01-18 12:07:25 PM  

OnlyM3: FTFA: "Federal and Utah law do not prevent private employers from firing employees on the basis of political affiliation"


does federal law prevent people who have been fired for political affiliation from suing?
 
2013-01-18 12:07:26 PM  

Sock Ruh Tease: Obongo bongo bongo I don't want to leave Fartbongo oh nonononono
Obama bingle bangle, I'm so happy in rural Utah I refuse to go


i212.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-18 12:07:30 PM  
I'm surprised he found two OBama supporters in Utah. Isn't that one of the most republican states in the country?
 
2013-01-18 12:07:32 PM  
slowgolfclap.jpg
 
2013-01-18 12:07:46 PM  

stampylives: They were Obama supporters. We just knew they were, coupled with Obongo, makes we wonder how he "just knew." If the owner "just knew" because they weren't white my-grandparents-were-born-here amuricans, that starts leaning back into lawsuit land.


Smokin' Joe McCarthy would be so proud.
 
2013-01-18 12:08:05 PM  
I bet this is the kind of guy that would put chopped bugs instead of fruit into his smoothies and would scream like a stabbed pig about "DAMN OBONGO REGULATIONS!!!" when the health department showed up and wrote a citation.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-01-18 12:08:19 PM  

OnlyM3: Illiterate liberal 1gja

lawsuits in 4....3....2....1
Illiterate liberal 2
WTF Indeed

Easiest Lawsuit Ever.

FTFA: "Federal and Utah law do not prevent private employers from firing employees on the basis of political affiliation"


I am LIBERAL!?!?!?!

HAHAHAHAHAHA. You fail so hard. I get shiat on this board for being a gun-toting, right-winging, teaparty-leaning 'publican.
You need to know who the hell you are talking about, friend.

I could not care less other than the guy is a jerk. Legally he may be OK, but that won't stop a lawyer from TRYING to make his life hell-on-earth.
 
2013-01-18 12:08:58 PM  

spentmiles: I'm wearing my MegaCorpse tee-shirt with a baby in a microwave on the back (I also sold tee shirts at death metal shows), black combat boots, and ass tight jeans. I turn back and say to her, "What's up sweetie?"


You're going to have to get a lot better at writing coherent narratives before you can sell your fanfiction on Amazon, PN.
 
2013-01-18 12:09:17 PM  
Why didn't he just shoot them? Tea Party elders will not be happy with this coddling.
 
2013-01-18 12:09:50 PM  
Some places charge less for being female.
Some places give discounts if you show a tattoo.
Some places cut you a break if you're a student, or wear a certain team jersey, or have a visible piercing.
I'm liberal, but I just see it as a discount for conservative thinking people. Sadly, there's no way to really prove it, and I'd just claim to be conservative for the discount (or lack of upcharge, same thing in essence).

Where he farked up was the firing people. That's a no-no.
 
2013-01-18 12:09:59 PM  

spentmiles: I grew up in a vegan household and my mom taught me to make every type of organic burrito under the sun. When I went to college in Richmond, Virgina, I noticed a lot of hippies milling around the campus, smoking Drum and being upper middle class white kids. I saw an opportunity to make some money, so I set-up a burrito cart and sold a wrap that cost me less than a dollar to make for ten bucks. They sold like crazy, lines out the ass, and I made a ton of money.

It cracked me up too because I had this costume I'd dress up in - a tie-dye shirt, corduroy pants with some colorful shiat sewn on the sides, and a clip on feather I'd hang off my planter's hat. I looked like a Johnny shiats Himself, but the hippie kids treated me like Jerry Garcia's left nut. I was getting start to finish blow-jobs from the chicks while the dudes made themselves cool by giving me kind bud, which I sold back to them! I loved the BJs, but weed and other tranquilizers aren't interesting to me because I've got motivation and drive to do productive shiat while I'm awake.

Anyway, I'm in line at the bank one Friday with a stuffed envelope of roughly three grand in bills. I'm wearing my MegaCorpse tee-shirt with a baby in a microwave on the back (I also sold tee shirts at death metal shows), black combat boots, and ass tight jeans. I turn back and say to her, "What's up sweetie?" She doesn't even recognize me. She blows me off like fly on the dick she's sucking. Then when I whipped out all the cash, she gave me this dirty look, like it was a bad thing to have that much money. In the meantime, she was probably withdrawing a $20 of allowance. I didn't care - I didn't hold it against her. What's it to me?

The next week, I'm back in my hippie costume, slanging burritos, and she's all doe-eyed at me, wanting to know if I wanted to come smoke with her after the lunch rush. We ended up back at her nice ass apartment, making out on the couch, my hands all over those burrito fed titties. We ...


Wow. Tears in my eyes and I have a stomach cramp. Excellent build up to the punch line.
 
2013-01-18 12:10:01 PM  

Carth: I'm surprised he found two OBama supporters in Utah. Isn't that one of the most republican states in the country?


Yeah firing them is probably nothing but good publicity there.
 
2013-01-18 12:10:03 PM  
Not legitimate unless i see it at kos
 
2013-01-18 12:10:05 PM  

Emrick: He should have fired the accountant who told him Obamacare was going to cost his business money.


I'm betting he gets his "facts" from Fox News.
 
2013-01-18 12:10:09 PM  
What a dick.
 
2013-01-18 12:10:11 PM  
He could start selling smoothies in The Citadel.
 
2013-01-18 12:10:20 PM  

WTF Indeed: Easiest Lawsuit Ever.


Not lawsuits, but easiest unemployment claim ever. Have fun with your increased premiums, redneck.
 
2013-01-18 12:10:37 PM  
Once again, the true value of our right to free speech is that it allows idiots to identify themselves.
 
2013-01-18 12:11:19 PM  
Small businesses in Utah are defined as less than 50 employees and are exempt from providing insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. So, this guy's claim that "Obongocare" forced him to fire two employees doesn't hold up, since it wouldn't have cost him anything in coverage no matter who had won the election. I hope a civil case moves forward and he gets explain his real reasons for firing those guys. He doesn't seem smart enough to invent a good lie.
 
2013-01-18 12:11:46 PM  

OnlyM3: Illiterate liberal 1gja
lawsuits in 4....3....2....1
Illiterate liberal 2
WTF Indeed
Easiest Lawsuit Ever.
FTFA: "Federal and Utah law do not prevent private employers from firing employees on the basis of political affiliation"


Good news, guys! If it isn't against a federal or state law, you can no longer be sued for anything!

Thanks, man. The world needs more people like you.
 
2013-01-18 12:11:54 PM  

stampylives: They were Obama supporters. We just knew they were, coupled with Obongo, makes we wonder how he "just knew." If the owner "just knew" because they weren't white my-grandparents-were-born-here amuricans, that starts leaning back into lawsuit land.


If he just knew, why did he hire them in the first place?
 
2013-01-18 12:13:07 PM  

edmo: I thought consuming smoothies was a liberal thing to do.


So is drinking tea, but look at the way the rightards tossed their chimpsh*t all over it.
 
2013-01-18 12:13:27 PM  

BMFPitt: Did The Onion change its name recently?

The quotes are too crazy to be real.


It is from Utah. I believe it. Not that Mississippi and most of Louisiana aren't as bad. You wouldn't believe some of the Facebook posts from my crazy cousin who lives in Mississippi but Utah and some other bits of the desert S.W. could teach the old South a thing or two about "conservative" craziness.

/Saw a billboard about Obama being the Antichrist on my way to Baton Rouge last Wednesday, though...
//Need to move somewhere sane.
 
2013-01-18 12:14:04 PM  

gja: OnlyM3: Illiterate liberal 1gja

lawsuits in 4....3....2....1
Illiterate liberal 2
WTF Indeed

Easiest Lawsuit Ever.

FTFA: "Federal and Utah law do not prevent private employers from firing employees on the basis of political affiliation"

I am LIBERAL!?!?!?!

HAHAHAHAHAHA. You fail so hard. I get shiat on this board for being a gun-toting, right-winging, teaparty-leaning 'publican.
You need to know who the hell you are talking about, friend.

I could not care less other than the guy is a jerk. Legally he may be OK, but that won't stop a lawyer from TRYING to make his life hell-on-earth.


Yeah, that was kinda crappy. Even knowing your positions on issues, I still support you being able to say piece. I'm glad you can see a douche bag as a douche bag and don't just circle the wagons and go full party derp (which both sides are guilty of)
 
2013-01-18 12:14:08 PM  

StrangeQ: WTF Indeed: Easiest Lawsuit Ever.

Not lawsuits, but easiest unemployment claim ever. Have fun with your increased premiums, redneck.


You have got to be wrong about that. That or life's so much more unfair in the USA than I ever imagined.

He posted online that he chose them because they supported Obama. That's GOT to be a lawsuit...it is discrimination based on political leanings.
 
2013-01-18 12:15:07 PM  

Headso: Carth: I'm surprised he found two OBama supporters in Utah. Isn't that one of the most republican states in the country?

Yeah firing them is probably nothing but good publicity there.


That is what I was thinking. Looking into it a bit more Vernal Utah is in Uintah County which is the reddest county in the state. Romney won the county with 90% and Obama got 962 votes.

This kind of attention is a cheap advertising campaign in that area.
 
2013-01-18 12:15:08 PM  

stampylives: They were Obama supporters. We just knew they were, coupled with Obongo, makes we wonder how he "just knew." If the owner "just knew" because they weren't white my-grandparents-were-born-here amuricans, that starts leaning back into lawsuit land.


I'm surprised someone like this hired the only two black people in Utah in the first place.
 
2013-01-18 12:15:17 PM  
Eh, FTA it just sounds like he fired two employees for other reasons and then decided to troll for from free advertising
 
2013-01-18 12:15:44 PM  

spentmiles: I grew up in a vegan household and my mom taught me to make every type of organic burrito under the sun. When I went to college in Richmond, Virgina, I noticed a lot of hippies milling around the campus, smoking Drum and being upper middle class white kids. I saw an opportunity to make some money, so I set-up a burrito cart and sold a wrap that cost me less than a dollar to make for ten bucks. They sold like crazy, lines out the ass, and I made a ton of money.

It cracked me up too because I had this costume I'd dress up in - a tie-dye shirt, corduroy pants with some colorful shiat sewn on the sides, and a clip on feather I'd hang off my planter's hat. I looked like a Johnny shiats Himself, but the hippie kids treated me like Jerry Garcia's left nut. I was getting start to finish blow-jobs from the chicks while the dudes made themselves cool by giving me kind bud, which I sold back to them! I loved the BJs, but weed and other tranquilizers aren't interesting to me because I've got motivation and drive to do productive shiat while I'm awake.

Anyway, I'm in line at the bank one Friday with a stuffed envelope of roughly three grand in bills. I'm wearing my MegaCorpse tee-shirt with a baby in a microwave on the back (I also sold tee shirts at death metal shows), black combat boots, and ass tight jeans. I turn back and say to her, "What's up sweetie?" She doesn't even recognize me. She blows me off like fly on the dick she's sucking. Then when I whipped out all the cash, she gave me this dirty look, like it was a bad thing to have that much money. In the meantime, she was probably withdrawing a $20 of allowance. I didn't care - I didn't hold it against her. What's it to me?

The next week, I'm back in my hippie costume, slanging burritos, and she's all doe-eyed at me, wanting to know if I wanted to come smoke with her after the lunch rush. We ended up back at her nice ass apartment, making out on the couch, my hands all over those burrito fed titties. We ...


Dear Penthouse...I never thought this would happen to me, but.....
 
2013-01-18 12:15:52 PM  

grinding_journalist: I predict much calm and rational political debate about Obamacare, Right-to-work, and non-performance related employment termination in this thread.


Buddy, did you get hired at the wrong sideshow.

/I keed
 
2013-01-18 12:15:53 PM  

theorellior: Wow. Someone actually uses the term "Obongo" in normal conversation.

So... this guy makes his living contracting to a government agency. What part of that isn't socialism?


Um, The contracting part?

youkeepusingthat word.jpeg
 
2013-01-18 12:15:53 PM  
In a country founded by descendents of people who ostensibly were fleeing persecution, you'd think that people would be a bit more sensitive about persecuting others.
 
2013-01-18 12:16:05 PM  

trapped-in-CH: And he'll be the first one to cry foul if the Obama supporters stop shopping there.


remember now, his business is in Utah - and he just fired half of the state's Obama supporters - losing two more isn't going to hurt business.
 
2013-01-18 12:16:14 PM  
"Is your political affiliation protected?" he added, explaining that he thought what he did was not illegal. "I don't believe it is, but I don't know."

A smart business owner would have consulted with his lawyers first not just guessed and left their business open to a possible massive lawsuit.

But then again....this douche owns a freakin smoothie shop he's not exactly a corporate genius. (obviously)
 
2013-01-18 12:16:27 PM  
www.freesmileys.org
 
2013-01-18 12:16:33 PM  

tricycleracer: This guy is bound for failure...

...which he'll blame on Obama.

He can't lose.


It's cool, he didn't build his business.
 
2013-01-18 12:17:11 PM  

stonicus: stampylives: They were Obama supporters. We just knew they were, coupled with Obongo, makes we wonder how he "just knew." If the owner "just knew" because they weren't white my-grandparents-were-born-here amuricans, that starts leaning back into lawsuit land.

If he just knew, why did he hire them in the first place?


So he could make a big stupid production out of firing them?
 
2013-01-18 12:17:26 PM  
I think it's funny and fitting
I also think it's kinda rude
If you have no difference in opinion
then you'll never have a new idea.

That said, most 'bama voters I know just regurgitate the same pap someone else told 'em
 
2013-01-18 12:19:13 PM  
"Love it. We had to let two employees go to cover new Obongocare [sic] costs and increased taxes,"
What a nice christian. I hope at other christian read what he has done and shun him. For the rest of his life.
He is clearly doing the work of stan.
 
2013-01-18 12:19:28 PM  

natas6.0: I think it's funny and fitting
I also think it's kinda rude
If you have no difference in opinion
then you'll never have a new idea.

That said, most 'bama voters I know just regurgitate the same pap someone else told 'em


By contrast, the right-noise machine is renowned for generating intelligent people with independently formed ideas.
 
2013-01-18 12:19:57 PM  
These guys' utopia would be every business in the country with a very clear red or blue sign on the outside, so dangerously different opinions would NEVER mix.

To say nothing about the very concept of reacting to a perceived slight (someone taking my money away via taxes!) by then paying it forward to the people under you (take away my employees' money via firing!) then pretending you're better than your oppressor. This guy has no issue with punishing his underlings during tough times, so why would he expect Obama or anyone to be different?

/rhetorical question
 
2013-01-18 12:20:24 PM  
There is another wave of layoffs coming. All because of more taxes and regulations.

I'd start with the democrats as well.
 
2013-01-18 12:20:55 PM  
I wonder what's next in this butthole's sage of DoucheBaggery?

"I went out to the park today and threw rocks at liberal babies. Then I went over to some liberal's house and set it on fire. I knew it was a stinking liberal house because of the lack of flags and crying eagles in the front yard like EVERY god-fearing real American™ has. Let Obongo's commie fire department worry about it."
 
2013-01-18 12:20:59 PM  

lostcat: In a country founded by descendents of people who ostensibly were fleeing persecution, you'd think that people would be a bit more sensitive about persecuting others.


Umm, this country was founded by rich American lawyers pissed off that rich English lawyers were cutting them out of the pie.
 
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