Marines Refused Service At Eatery? Claims Fly Online
Phone Calls Hammer Weberstown Mall Sub Shop
STOCKTON, Calif. - KCRA.com
Web postings claim a Stockton sandwich shop refused to serve Marines at lunch on Monday, and the talk has led to a boycott of the eatery.
Calls for the boycott were posted on
and other sites across the Web.
Posters claim that that Marine recruiters in Stockton were refused service at this Charley's Grilled Subs in Weberstown Mall.
Franchise store owner Jian Ortman said she's scared. Phone calls have been coming in nonstop from across the country, some with threats.
Ortman said this in a statement:
Military recruiters came to our restaurant and had a long conversation with our employee. We asked them to take their conversation outside of the restaurant because our employee was working. We did not refuse to serve the soldiers. We told the soldiers that we support our troops, but do not support the war. I meant no insult to the men and women that put their lives in harm's way to protect our freedom.
The owners of the sub shop said they never refused to serve the military, in fact, they say the recruiters have been there before and not only that they offer the military a discount.
Employees at the restaurant said their boss did nothing wrong.
"We give 10 percent to them, and we serve everybody, we have no hate toward anybody," employee Sondy Nguyen said.
The two Marine recruiters declined to comment on camera. A Marine representative said in a statement that, "As Marine recruiters, we enjoy discussing the Marine
Charley's is a national chain with hundreds of restaurants and known for its troops support.
"Whatever happened, I think they took it too far and overexaggerated," Nguyen said.
So far, there are no boycott signs springing up, but the phone has been taken off the hook.
The owners at Charley's Grilled Subs in Stockton said so far, business is about the same, but sales have not been affected. Many of the Charley's eateries are located on military bases.