Kentucky restaurant offers free food in exchange for Trump merchandise
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A restaurant in Louisville, Ky., is offering free food for any Trump supporters willing turn in merchandise related to him.

Anyone with Trump-themed gear such as flags, caps or T-shirts can submit them to Pollo — A Gourmet Chicken Joint and received a free entrée, side and drink, USA Today reported on Wednesday after restaurant owners Troy King and Selena Johnson posted the promotion on social media.

King and Johnson openly backed President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot MORE's campaign, but wanted an idea for the "Make America Great Again" crowd to do something with their now "useless Trump merchandise" in a way that is not intended to belittle or make a mockery of customers.


"Once I had seen that Biden was the confirmed winner, I thought, all right, we got that part, but we've still got to figure out how to come together," King said. "It's not going to make a difference to have Biden as president if we don't work together."

King said he thought the promotion "might ruffle some feathers" but that the trade-in deal is meant to be "a sincere olive branch." He told employees not to chastise or mock costumers who took advantage of it.

Some people responded with praise to the social media promotion, while others said they would no longer dine at Pollo.

King said he decided to carry the promotion over to his second restaurant, Six Forks Burger Co., after he received a call threatening him to take down the social media post or "something bad would happen."

As of Monday, no Trump supporters had taken up King on his offer.

King said he has not decided what to do with Trump merchandise if he receives any, but shut down calls from some commenters telling him to burn it.

"This is a way for us to be all fun and bring some lighthearted comedy back to this, because we've had to be so pins and needles and serious for so long," he said. "Why can't we laugh together?"