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A liberal woman who’d vowed to put a New York pizzeria owner out of business over the “Keep American Great” flag outside his shop instead wound up inadvertently driving boatloads of people and nationwide support to the business.
Meet Guy Caligiuri, a humble Long Island resident who’s owned Patio Pizza for 43 years. On Thursday he appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co” to talk about a nasty woman who’d threatened to destroy his business a week earlier.
“A woman had come into my store on Friday night to pick up an order, and she asked my counter girl whose flag that was hanging in the back of the store. And [my counter girl] said it was the owner’s flag,” he told host Stuart Varney.
“She took offense to that and said that she was administrator of a Facebook page and she was going to post it online and she was going to drive me out of business.”
At the time, Caligiuri thought nothing of it.
“I didn’t think anything of it. I’ve been in business for 43 years, and I’ve seen a lot. I just took it in stride. There is no way. I just ignored it basically,” he said.
But sadly, the nasty woman wound up acting on her threat by posting a nasty message about Patio Pizza to the since-deleted “Smithtown Supportive Moms” Facebook group or page that she runs.
“A short time later, my phone started ringing. I started getting texts about this woman who had posted nasty things about me online and was asking the community to boycott patio pizza. I was like, look that is ridiculous. I still didn’t think anything of it. My friends were calling me, texting, whatever,” Caligiuri continued.
Patriots..please support a little pizza place in Smithtown NY called Patio. The owner had a Trump flag on his back foot and one mom got offended and posted a lot of bad things about this wonderful business. 43 years supporting the community! #PatriotsUnite
— Codys mom🇺🇸🐶 (@oc00631811) July 27, 2020
Yep! The woman’s name on Facebook was Kristin Boone Robinson. Not sure if it was a fictitious name originally, but she is no where to be found now! She was the admin of “Smithtown Supportive Moms”…which she also took down!
— DANA (@ireckon33) July 31, 2020
But then something astonishing happened.
“The next morning, you know, I started getting people coming in from all over Long Island to say that they supported me. They supported our president. They support the flag that I had hanging in the back of my store,” he explained.
“I have an American flag in the front. I have a Trump flag in the back. I think he is a fantastic president. I think he has done a great job, and I think it is my right to support him and to show my support of him.”
“But this woman took it upon herself to — not knowing me, not knowing my family, not knowing my grandchildren — she took it upon herself because she saw a flag in the back to try to put me out of business.”
That’s what nasty liberal women usually do. And sometimes their hateful shticks work. But certainly not this time, and thanks in part to President Donald Trump.
After hearing Caligiuri speaking on FBN, the president tweeted about him:
Support Patio Pizza and its wonderful owner, Guy Caligiuri, in St. James, Long Island (N.Y.). Great Pizza!!! @Varneyco
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
And just like that the POSITIVE attention coming Caligiuri’s way BLEW UP.
“The phones have been ringing off the hook, they haven’t stopped. … I mean it’s really humbling, its amazing,” he said late Thursday to local media.
.@realDonaldTrump tweeted, “Support Patio Pizza and its wonderful owner, Guy Caligiuri, in St. James, Long Island (N.Y.). Great Pizza!!!”
— News12 (@News12) July 30, 2020
Some would argue it’s well-deserved, because unlike so many other business owners — particularly those on the corporate level — Caligiuri never once flinched or backed down to the cancel-culture mob. He stood up tall against them, and in doing he so triumphed.
He follows in the footsteps of Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue, who faced immense backlash and criticism after daring to praise the president. Yet despite the threats of boycotts, he persisted, telling the hosts of Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” that “I’m not apologizing.” And just like Caliguirui, Unanue also wound up triumphing.
All this fits into an emerging trend of companies, including Trader Joe’s and The Wall Street Journal, standing up to the mob. However, they still represent the minority in a world where most corporations have been eager to bow to the mob like servants.
As for Caligiuri, the truth is he’s been building up good karma for awhile now.
“Since the pandemic, Patio Pizza has partnered with community members to donate pizza to healthcare workers. It has worked with Delia Nietzel and donated 400 meals to Stony Brook Hospital and the Long Island State Veteran Home,” Heavy.com notes.
“It has also worked with local businesses and donated to Smithtown Health Care. The Saint James fire department donated 80 dinners to the Saint Catherine of Siena Hospital in late April through Patio Pizza as well.”
After all, love trumps hate, right? Or so members of the left preach enjoy preaching right before they turn into hateful monsters, of course.