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Old 09-10-2012, 05:31 PM  
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Scott Van Duzer's Big Apple Pizza Gets Negative Yelp Reviews After Owner Bear-Hugs Obama

The Huffington Post | By Harry Bradford Posted: 09/10/2012 2:34 pm

Now there's yet another way to lower your business’s rating on Yelp: bear-hug the president.

Scott Van Duzer, a Republican and the owner of Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce, Fla., became an Internet sensation Sunday when he bear-hugged President Obama during a campaign visit. But while Obama supporters claimed the episode as a heartwarming example of the president’s willingness to cross party lines for small business, others were less impressed with the viral episode, and even took a shot at Van Duzer’s business because of it.

Several negative reviews have popped up on Big Apple Pizza’s Yelp profile, featuring low, 1-star ratings and comments about the bear hug:
Well.. I'd eat there but after seeing the owner grab our leftist President I felt compelled to disrespect his establishment as much as the President disrespects our constitution. Shame on you Scott Van Duzer for thumbing your nose at all the small business owners this President has disrespected for the last four years. I guess you DIDN'T BUILD IT!
Another reviewer let his 1-star rating do most of the talking, adding only, “Owner states he is a Republican that supports Obama.”

While Big Apple Pizza's positive Yelp reviews in response to the bear hugoutnumber the negative ones, the conservative backlash can be seen elsewhere on the Web. Right-leaning bloggers have criticized the gesture, questioning at best the authenticity of Van Duzer’s Republican affiliation, and at worst his intelligence, according to Daily Kos. The Gateway Pundit contributor Jim Hoft argues that the bear hug was staged, citing as proof a White House visit Van Duzer undertook with his charity last June.

Meanwhile, a photo of the hug was featured as Fox News Nation’s picture of the day Monday, where 37 readers voted it “Obnoxious”, compared to second-place rating of “Funny,” which got only 17 votes.


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Old 09-10-2012, 05:35 PM   #2
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Go through their drivethru, order just a water, and berate the cashier for working for such a shitty establishment. Put the whole thing up on youtube.
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:39 PM   #3
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Maybe it's because Van Duzer likes bombing drones being dropped on Ay-rabs and Osama bin Laden being killed.
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:40 PM   #4
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I can understand people being thrilled to visit with the president, especially republicans who can't seem to connect with people. Some have speculated it was their obsession with torture. I give the guy a pass on this one. I've never wished a heckler on any politician. Nobody deserves that. Signs of opposition and peaceful demonstrations are ok, but not shouting matches.
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:57 PM   #5
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I can understand people being thrilled to visit with the president, especially republicans who can't seem to connect with people. Some have speculated it was their obsession with torture. I give the guy a pass on this one. I've never wished a heckler on any politician. Nobody deserves that. Signs of opposition and peaceful demonstrations are ok, but not shouting matches.
Preach!!!

Just like them black folk being thrilled to visit a black president, because it shows having a job and actually sticking around after the babies are born is a theoretical possibility.
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:59 PM   #6
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:05 PM   #7
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Go through their drivethru, order just a water, and berate the cashier for working for such a shitty establishment. Put the whole thing up on youtube.
It's funny because it's true.
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:33 PM   #8
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Preach!!!

Just like them black folk being thrilled to visit a black president, because it shows having a job and actually sticking around after the babies are born is a theoretical possibility.
Wow.
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:39 PM   #9
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:49 PM   #11
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Scott Van Duzer's Big Apple Pizza Gets Negative Yelp Reviews After Owner Bear-Hugs Obama

The Huffington Post | By Harry Bradford Posted: 09/10/2012 2:34 pm


Now there's yet another way to lower your business’s rating on Yelp: bear-hug the president.

Scott Van Duzer, a Republican and the owner of Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce, Fla., became an Internet sensation Sunday when he bear-hugged President Obama during a campaign visit. But while Obama supporters claimed the episode as a heartwarming example of the president’s willingness to cross party lines for small business, others were less impressed with the viral episode, and even took a shot at Van Duzer’s business because of it.


Several negative reviews have popped up on Big Apple Pizza’s Yelp profile, featuring low, 1-star ratings and comments about the bear hug:
Well.. I'd eat there but after seeing the owner grab our leftist President I felt compelled to disrespect his establishment as much as the President disrespects our constitution. Shame on you Scott Van Duzer for thumbing your nose at all the small business owners this President has disrespected for the last four years. I guess you DIDN'T BUILD IT!
Another reviewer let his 1-star rating do most of the talking, adding only, “Owner states he is a Republican that supports Obama.”

While Big Apple Pizza's positive Yelp reviews in response to the bear hugoutnumber the negative ones, the conservative backlash can be seen elsewhere on the Web. Right-leaning bloggers have criticized the gesture, questioning at best the authenticity of Van Duzer’s Republican affiliation, and at worst his intelligence, according to Daily Kos. The Gateway Pundit contributor Jim Hoft argues that the bear hug was staged, citing as proof a White House visit Van Duzer undertook with his charity last June.

Meanwhile, a photo of the hug was featured as Fox News Nation’s picture of the day Monday, where 37 readers voted it “Obnoxious”, compared to second-place rating of “Funny,” which got only 17 votes.


Come on Laz both sides do this type of shit.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:59 PM   #13
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Dude had 2 yelps before 9/10/12. He now has almost 1900. Love that some are trying to disguise their thumbs up/down as an actual critique on the restaurant.

I think we could save the government a lot of money if we just have the election at Big Apple Pizza's Yelp page.
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