Red Hen Owner forced to resign

According to reports, The owner of the Red Hen has resigned as executive director of Main Street following a major backlash for kicking out the Press Secretary.

Red Hen owner Stephanie Wilkinson resigns as executive director of volunteer group Main Street Lexington following major backlash after she kicked Press Secretary Sarah Sanders out of the Red Hen Restaurant,” BLN News tweeted.

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) — Stephanie Wilkinson has chosen to resign as executive director of Main Street Lexington.

Wilkinson is the co-owner of The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington and is the person who asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave the restaurant due to her political affiliation.

Elizabeth Outland Branner, Board President of Main Street Lexington, says she accepted the resignation of Wilkinson as the executive director of Main Street Lexington.

Wilkinson has other problems to worry about. Wired reports that reviews for her restaurant have taken a beating on Yelp since she asked Sanders to leave:

Many of the press secretary’s supporters spent the weekend slamming the restaurant’s page by leaving thousands of fraudulent one-star reviews. Others who agreed with Wilkinson’s decision responded by writing retaliatory five-star reviews, turning Yelp into an unwilling platform for political speech. In essence, Yelp became a battleground—and not for the first time…

On Yelp, the backlash included one-star reviews and death threats. Conversely, one user asked if the restaurant was connected to the one that declined to serve Sanders, saying if so, they’d “stop by.”

Beyond social media, the restaurant was also egged.

Another Red Hen restaurant, this one in Swedesboro, New Jersey, also faced a slew of angry calls and social media posts for refusing to serve a woman who’d never stepped through their door.

“Kindly check your facts before you erroneously defame an innocent victim on Facebook,” said a post on the family-owned restaurant’s Facebook page.

A manager told that the restaurant’s rating fell from “4.8 stars to three-point-something.”

Across the border, the owners of the Olde Red Hen in Ontario, Canada, also faced the downside of mistaken identity, with one Facebook user calling the restaurant “liberal trash.”

Even the Little Red Hen in Muntiniupa City, Philippines, faced moments of displaced reckoning, with one critic blasting it for refusing to serve Sanders, despite it not even being in the same country.