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Backlash over Turkish restaurant's anti-Brexit message | The Cube

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Backlash over Turkish restaurant's anti-Brexit message | The Cube
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A London-based Turkish restaurant has received an angry backlash after it began printing anti-Brexit messages at the bottom of its receipts.

"Brexit is bad," the message on the receipt reads. "Immigrants make Britain great! They also cooked and served your food today."

Euronews spoke to the owner of the restaurant, Ibrahim Dogu, who said he had been watching Brexit developments closely and was getting frustrated by the news.

"I have been a campaigner for many years in the UK and I voted to remain," he told Euronews. "Then I thought, maybe, as a small business owner, as someone who is from a refugee family in Turkey, that I should do something else to make my point.

"The only thing I could think of at the time... was to print a message on our receipts."

News of the receipts spread rapidly as customers shared pictures on social media. However, the news also reached far-right activists, which sparked negative backlash for Dogu and his restaurant.

"They have encouraged one another to target our business' online reputation by attacking us, leaving horrible comments on Google Business, Trip Advisor, Facebook, and so on," Dogu told Euronews.

"Then they started calling our restaurant and threatening our members of staff, making them uncomfortable working here in the business."

Dogu then sent Euronews some examples of the messages he had received, such as "We will see Ibrahim Dogus soon," and "burn the place down".

When asked how he would respond to the negative messages, Dogu said his receipts were no different to what other, bigger businesses had done, citing the pro-Brexit campaigning of Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin.

"We are a tiny, small restaurant, with a hundred tables and about 25 people working here. So our effect on the process is quite limited compared to those large companies who have been running pro-Brexit campaigns through their businesses," he said.

But not all the responses were negative, nor was Dogu discouraged from printing the receipts.

"We will carry on printing the same receipts," he said. "Our plan is to change the messaging on our receipts every month — whatever is quite important on the day, whatever is on the agenda, we are going to try and come up with new messages on our receipts."

"We're not going to give into racist bigots; we're going to carry on."