Restaurant Owner’s ‘Blunt Sign’ Goes Viral, Sparks Outrage With Muslims

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A restaurant owner, who regards free speech as his right as an American, put up a “blunt sign” at his establishment that really ticked off his fellow Muslims.

Mohamed Salama
Mohamed Salama gives an interview in front of his “Mun Cheese” restaurant (Credit: YouTube)

Muslim business owner Mohamed Salama believes in the American dream, and that’s why he bought a burger and pizza joint. However, as the owner of the Mun Cheese restaurant in Petersburg, Virginia, he has to contend with the big fast-food chains like McDonald’s and Burger King.

Salama decided to post a new “store policy,” hoping to make his customers laugh and want to come back. He says his plan worked as business started to boom when local media got involved as his “blunt sign” went viral. A few policies listed on the sign worth mentioning are:

  • “We are here to serve you, not to kiss your a$$”
  • “Due to da price increase 4 ammo…Do not expect a warning shot (For those who want 2 act a fool)”
Mohamed Salama
Mun Cheese’s store policies (Credit: YouTube)

“When my son brought it to my attention, I was like oh my God,” Annette Newsome-Ampy told NBC 12 in Richmond, speaking of the blunt sign. “This is my first time, but it will probably be my last.” Nevertheless, Mohamed Salama stated that he has no regrets.

“You can take it the way you want to take it. I just put my rules (up) and keep it running,” he said. He also explained what was on his mind when he created his new “store policies,” and it was mostly humor. “I was trying to make them laugh,” Salama said, referring to customers entering his establishment. “You know, show them a joke before they come in, so at least when they come, they have a smile on.”

Mun Cheese’s store policies (Credit: YouTube)

However, that seemingly changed when the restaurant owner’s controversial sign sparked outrage in the Muslim community. “Mohamed Salama, the proprietor of Mun Cheese in Petersberg, Virginia, recently put up a blunt sign that really ticked off his fellow Islamists,” Federalist Papers reported.

“Most who got mad were my people,” Salama said. “I got people who came from the mosque trying to tell me you shouldn’t put your name like that because this is really not representing the name or the religion.”

Mun Cheese female customer with a child says: “Yeah, the food is really good.” (Credit: YouTube)

Others had a different take, suggesting that having his name on the sign, contrary to what his fellow Muslims said, was a good idea. “Actually, keeping his name on the sign could very well be a good thing, as it would show other Americans that everyday Muslims are as down-to-Earth and ‘chill,’ as the kids would say, as everybody else,” Federalist Papers wrote.

Eventually, Mohamed Salama caved to the pressure from his fellow Muslims, at least in part. According to The Blaze, “[T]here have already been a few changes to the sign. Mohamed has covered up his name after pressure from a ‘local mosque.’ He has also put tape over a few of the ‘words that might offend people’ because he ‘wants his restaurant to be a place for all.”‘

While some people do not seem willing to assimilate to American culture, there are many Muslims like Mohamed Salama, who have embraced the American dream after coming from countries with tyrannical governments. One such example is Shahid Shafi, a surgeon in Southlake, Texas.

“I came of age in Pakistan under a brutal military dictatorship,” Shafi said. “Growing up in that environment, I saw the overreach of the government, how it can invade and take over every part of a person’s life — from opportunities for education, to work, to where you can live, to whom you can marry, and where you can start your business.”

You may agree or disagree with Mohamed Salama’s “blunt sign,” but that’s what makes America so great. Here, everyone has a right to their opinion and can express it however they deem fit. Salama also has the unalienable right to the “pursuit of happiness,” which relates to the right to innovate and the right to earn a living. That unique American spirit of entrepreneurship is, at its core, one of the foundation stones of the American dream.