Utah Smoothie Shop Charges Liberals More, Donates Surcharge To Conservative Causes

Written by Aviva Shen

A smoothie shop in Vernal, Utah is sparking outrage over an unorthodox pricing structure that charges liberals an extra dollar. The shop, tellingly named the I Love Drilling Juice and Smoothie Bar, is owned by George Burnett, a pro-oil and gas activist. He donates the extra money to conservative organizations like the Heritage Foundation.

“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,” Burnett said, referring to his unique pricing structure. [...] “And actually all three liberals have been happy to pay it. We had a husband and wife come in — he was conservative and she was liberal — and he paid conservative for himself and liberal for her.”

Watch it:

The juice bar is just one element of Burnett’s activist gimmick. On his website, he sells “I Love Drilling” shirts and bumper stickers. Burnett claims he wants to start a conversation about “the fiscal differences between big government/small government and liberal ways.” The liberal tax is intended to “help make that point.”

One conservative customer went even farther, explaining, “For him to do this kind of puts a face out there on people who are, in my opinion, in the wrong. ‘In the wrong’ being liberals,” Peterson said. “To see them being charged a little bit more, it makes me happy.”

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago

What's with all the hate in these posts??? Love people, love.

Nick Andrews
Nico Smart3 years ago

Poor, clueless little Patti, do you ever read much or do you just listen to the fake news liars on MSNBC and their communistic friends? If you did, you would know there is no direct, rock-hard translation between Arabic and English with regards to spelling. Moslem has been used for centuries. While many now are using Muslim, I think Moslem is much more fitting as these people have not progressed through the Renaissance into a period of enlightenment and knowledge, but still live in the Dark Ages with their religious zealotry, violence towards women and disregard for human or any rights of non-fanatics.

Would you even recognize a 'fact' if you saw one? You should get out more and stop relying on your tv soap operas for news. Maybe get off your ass and get a job where you might actually talk to people other than in chat rooms and discussion boards.

Patti T.
Patti T.3 years ago

(CONT>) Please back up your arguments with Proof before you continue your habitual commenting on every single post here. (btw-Jon Stewart's show is a 'parody' of all news shows, he's no more a 'professional' news journalist as ANY of the others ones. Even as a comedian news show he how ever shows More Actual News than Faux Noise,Limblob,Hannity,Beck,O'Reilly, Coulter, oh the list is just Way Too Long-hopefully the point hasn't gone over your head though.)
And as far as this conservative kook goes, I say good for getting this to go national, now Everyone in the country knows where not to go when (if ever) in Utah. (of course unless you're part of the far radical right teabaggers)

Patti T.
Patti T.3 years ago

Sharon H.- Mark S.- and always included, Marianne C.--sending visible Stars to you ALL.
Oh Nick A....First, you must Really have a Lot of time on your hands to be able to comment on almost Every Single Post Made by Others. WOW!
So, you're alright with saying Sharon is lying & the R/B state thing is BS, but tell me did you Go to the link she suggested? I sincerely doubt it, since that would mean possibly proving You are full of BS. And your one post where at one part you start with "The Fact is" amuses me b/c it always seems to be the repubs that Love to emphasize "Fact", but Never back it up with any References from any Research they did to Prove their comment is indeed "Fact". Oh, side note here for you--it's 'Muslim' Not Moslem, You are the one that needs to use a dictionary or your spell check if you know how. That's where a good education comes in to help.
Finally, Please Nick, your "facts" on our President's birthplace only shows your lack of 'further education'. Please give us the "reading" you mentioned to find this indisputable Fact you claim. Even that so-called professional birther/real estate agent/dentist, has pretty much given up trying to find ANY judge that won't throw her case with no proof ' out of their courts. Apparently you found what no one else has been able to, so Please share Your Proof.
You do Realize don't you that unless anyone is American Native Indian, we are ALL basically descendants from Illegal Immigrants, don't you?
Please back up y

Bob Abell
Dr. Bob Abell3 years ago

I agree with Nick. The stupid should pay more. Any liberal that would darken the door of that shop must have taken temporary stupid pills. If liberals don't patronize the place, then the really stupid people will ultimately have to pay more to keep him in business, unless he is being subsidized by big oil, which is always a possibility.

Nick Andrews
Nico Smart3 years ago

Stop looking in the mirror when you type, Sheila Tardetta.

Sheila M.
Sheila M.3 years ago

@Nick A - then I guess YOU are happy paying more- cause you sure are STUPID

Deborah D.
Deborah D.3 years ago

Gosh - Does this guy ask his customers a series of questions to determine they are liberal?
Or are the customers required to self identify by picking out the equivalent of a "Hello, I am a Liberal" name tag?

Stephen Greco
Jason T.3 years ago

It's no wonder I usually avoid the very conservative states, and would certainly never live in one.

Nick Andrews
Nico Smart3 years ago

It's not even remotely discriminatory. Why shouldn't the stupid pay more?