A Northern California restaurant owner said she and some of her employees received threats and harassment after posting a photo with MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell.
Michelle Hill tells the SFGate that two of their employees at Tres Chiles Picosos recognized Lindell for buying MyPillow but were unaware of his political activism.
Lindell has claimed that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and that former President Donald Trump was the real winner. He is being sued by Dominion Voting Systems for $1.3 billion in a defamation lawsuit alleging the company participated in an election-rigging scheme.
Hill says neither she nor the waitress and bartender at her restaurant knew about Lindell’s political controversy when they took a picture with him and posted it at the restaurant Facebook site.
“I don’t go into politics,” Hill said. “We didn’t know anything about him except that he’s the MyPillow guy … my staff buy his pillows, his sheets, his socks, they were just excited to see someone famous.”
Hill said she learned of the controversy after receiving numerous negative comments about the photo.
“It’s not about politics, it’s about crime and hate speech,” a user reportedly replied on Facebook. “You don’t post photos with other tourists, why start with him?”
Hill says she would have posted the photo even if she had known about the controversy beforehand because Lindell is still famous.
“This was the first person to enter the restaurant that they saw on TV,” Hill explained. “They probably would have taken a picture with Biden or Trump or Martha Stewart or George Clooney if they came in … it had nothing to do with politics.”
She says she received threatening phone calls and some people called for an outright boycott. But she refuses to remove the photo.
“I don’t allow myself to be bullied,” Hill concluded.
“Tres Chiles Picosos” means “three hot peppers”.
Here is more about the MyPillow litigation:
The Supreme Court refuses to take Dominion’s defamation case against MyPillow’s Mike Lindell
https://www.theblaze.com/news/mike-lindell-photo-threats The owner of a Mexican restaurant in California posted a photo with Mike Lindell and is now being threatened and harassed