A restaurant chain in Texas has posted signs in front of its stores warning customers the establishment is not "politically correct."
Managers of the Berryhill Baja Grill restaurant chain posted the signs outside the chain's nine branches in Texas in early December, ABC News reports. The sign reads:
"Notice: This store is politically incorrect. We say 'Merry Christmas,' 'God bless America.' We salute our flag and give thanks to our troops, police officers and firefighters. If this offends you, you are welcome to leave. In God we trust."
The message is signed "Berryhill."
Jeff Anon, CEO of Berryhill Baja Grill, said he made the decision to have the signs posted to warn politically correct patrons that his business was not willing to cater to their sensitivities.
"I just got tired of all of the news of everybody having to be politically correct," Anon told ABC News.
Anon added that his decision was made partly in response to the controversy that arose on social media over Starbucks' plain red holiday cups, which were designed to celebrate the holiday season without referring to Christmas specifically.
"There's nothing wrong with saying 'Merry Christmas' in lieu of 'Happy Holidays.' When people say 'Merry Christmas,' they’re being nice," Anon, who is Jewish, told ABC News. "They're not trying to be politically incorrect or have religious beliefs."
Some of the signs have reportedly been taken down by disapproving customers, but were quickly replaced, according to KTRK.
Anon said that the overall response to the signs has been positive.
"I'd say for every one who thought it wasn't appropriate, probably 10 to 20 thought it was," he said.
Some of Anon's customers told KTRK they had no issue with the sign.
"I guess the political correctness has gone overboard sometimes," restaurant patron Randy Massy said.
"I celebrate Christmas," another customer, Cynthia Blivins, said while having lunch with a friend at the chain's Post Oak, Texas, location. "I salute the flag! I'm an American. It doesn't offend me at all."
Anon said that the signs have not affected business at his restaurants, which continues to be good.
"The outpouring of support has been absolutely terrific," he told ABC News, adding that the chain has received many requests from people who wanted to get a copy of the sign for themselves.
"Some people say you shouldn't take religion into the workplace. We’re not trying to bring religion into the workplace. It has nothing to do with religion. It’s the spirit of the holidays."
This is not the first time a restaurant has decided to put up a sign warning customers of political incorrectness.
In November, a bakery in Springfield, Ohio, drew controversy on social media when it posted an identical sign in its store window, WPXI reported at the time.