Boss Blames 'Idiot' Biden for Removing Free Snacks: 'Fired Two People'

A gun store owner announced he was charging employees for previously free snacks because of inflation caused by President Joe Biden, according to a sign that went viral this week.

An alleged employee at the Oklahoma business circulated his boss's printed sign on Reddit's "Antiwork" forum Thursday, claiming, "My boss (gun store) put this up in [the] break room today." The image has racked up over 69,000 votes.

"Drinks and snacks are no longer free," declared the piece of paper, above an unflattering photo of Joe Biden with the derisive caption, "Durrr."

"This is due to the inflation caused by this idiot, his administration, and the morons that voted him in," the sign went on. Two line items marked "Drinks" and "Snacks" as $5.00 each.

"Any employee that has an issue with this, please come and see me in my office. I have already fired two people this week and have no issue replacing anyone in my company," the message concluded.

The paper was signed off by the alleged store owner, Harry Brown.

In a poll from I&I/TIPP last month, 64 percent of 1,310 adult respondents said they believed Biden's policies were either "responsible" or "very responsible" for rising prices in the United States. In addition to many Republicans, 53 percent of Democrats blamed the president for inflation.

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A gun store owner announced he was charging employees for previously free snacks because of inflation caused by President Joe Biden, according to a sign that went viral this week. Here, a gun store in Yuma, Arizona, in June 2022.

The annualized rate of inflation hit 9.1 percent in June, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, marking the largest increase in 40 years. Americans view inflation as the top problem facing the U.S. by a wide margin, said a survey from the Pew Research Center in May. Meanwhile, 54 percent of workers say their wages have not kept pace with inflation.

However, on Reddit, most readers of the store owner's sign said they were baffled by his logic.

"Some guy artificially inflating prices and then blaming Biden and threatening the workers is a pretty apt comparison for this recession," argued one comment.

"$5 for snacks and drinks?" asked a reader stunned at the 500 percent markup. "[The f**k], you work at a movie theater?"

Another disgusted comment said, "As a gun owner and frequent visitor of gun shops, I'd love to know what shop this is, so I know to avoid it and let everyone I know to avoid it as well. What a joke. Using political issues to bully your employees is a great way for me to not do business with you."

Newsweek reached out to u/xenomoog for comment.