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Bitter taste when politics meets Pittsburgh cafe

Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 01:14

Owners of Pittsburgh's Black Forge Coffee House say their loyalty punch cards, featuring the face of President Donald Trump and other conservative stalwarts, has brewed threatening phone calls and emails from people around the country. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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A Pittsburgh coffee shop is brewing up controversy… featuring punch cards with the face of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, along with other prominent conservatives. Black Forge Coffee Shop owners say it started as a joke... They say they've had cards featuring political figures since they opened in 2015. But the café is NOW getting angry phone calls and emails from people around the country. (SOUNDBITE) ASHLEY CORTS, CO-OWNER, BLACK FORGE COFFEE HOUSE "Saying that they want to put bullets in our head and saying they hope we burn inside of our building." Disparaging comments about the shop are popping up on Facebook and Yelp. (SOUNDBITE) ASHLEY CORTS, CO-OWNER, BLACK FORGE COFFEE HOUSE "We're not condoning any sort of violence. We're not condoning any sort of hate. It's just our way of expressing ourselves." Repeat customers say, they'll keep coming back for the java. Yet, they say they can see how these cards would be offensive to some. (SOUNDBITE) TYLER MOLONEY, REGULAR CUSTOMER "People get offended by red Starbucks cups. Something like this - that's going to generate controversy. It's a very big political statement. I'm not surprised by how it got. But I think it's a good business move because it gets people talking." The owners say the coffee IS flowing, and customers keep pouring in.

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Bitter taste when politics meets Pittsburgh cafe

Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 01:14