On October 24, an armed robber held up the Papa Roux cajun and soul food restaurant in Indianapolis. Afterwards, owner Art Bouvier, 46, decided to offer customers a discount that has left liberals everywhere outraged.
According to America’s First Freedom, Bouvier is offering a 25% discount to customers who carry an Indiana Handgun License. While liberals claimed this move would fail, Bouvier has seen his business boom and says “the response has been nothing but positive.”
“We’ve gained hundreds of new customers, business is stabilizing to definitely a new plateau, and it’s translating into nothing but good for the restaurant,” Bouvier said.
It all started at 7:30 pm, when a thug in a hoodie walked into the eight year-old restaurant claiming that he had a gun and demanding cash.
“I’ve told my employees that money is replaceable, your lives are not,” Bouvier told the press the day after the robbery. “Everyone is a little shaken up today; my manager can’t shake the feeling of helplessness, but I don’t want her to fear this happening again.”
Nobody was hurt in the robbery, but the thug was successful in his goal and he walked away with an undisclosed amount of money. That night, a livid Bouvier posted the following message on his restaurant’s Facebook page:
“ALL CUSTOMERS: UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, YOUR CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE EARNS YOU 25% OFF YOUR MEAL WHEN YOU DINE IN.”
“If thugs are going to come in and threaten OUR extended family with guns,” Bouvier wrote, “you’d better believe I will use every trick I know to protect our family.”
In just 24 hours, the message already had over 1,000 “likes.” Within 48 hours, the restaurant had standing room only crowds for lunch on a Monday, which is typically their slowest day. Within two days, Bouvier reported that, “Our business was up 400 percent.”
Many customers came in with their concealed carry licenses, but refused to take the discount.
“They said, ‘I do have my license; I don’t want the discount,'” Bouvier revealed. “They just wanted to reward the attitude of the restaurant.”
In the end , Bouvier had a strong message for the NRA and Second Amendment supporters.
“I don’t know whether this is just a local phenomenon, but I think the overall message is: We don’t need to be so scared to speak up, speak our minds and stand our ground,” Bouvier concluded. “I think right now a lot of gun owners are running scared because it’s not politically correct. But it’s not proven to be a harm here.”
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