WILLOUGHBY, OH (WOIO) - It’s 7:15 p.m. on a Tuesday night, and usually the door to Joe’s Music is left unlocked. But, not tonight.
Not since he received dozens of phone calls, like this one:
“When I call cause you posted something stupid, that’s not a crime! Good luck, pal.”
The owner posted a sign that is striking a sour note. It basically says: if you are a sympathizer of President Donald Trump, then politely shop somewhere else.
The owner, Joe, told Cleveland 19 he supports the president--just not his politics. And, he is tired of the everyday rhetoric and the discourse.
“I did not do this for attention...I have posted things before about President Trump, so I didn’t expect this response," he said.
While he is happy to give you a music lesson, it’s a lesson in politics he doesn’t want.
Another caller said this, “I want to congratulate you. It is so wonderful to find someone with principles.”
Joe confessed a dying friend offered him perspective: life is too short for endless heated political debate.
On Wednesday, the owner elaborated on his position, saying he’s not telling people they can’t shop at his store, he’s asking them: