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North Carolina’s unemployment rate apparently went up by one person this weekend following an encounter between Governor McCrory and a cook at a Charlotte gourmet food store. The Charlotte Observer reports that the cook was fired after making a critical comment to the Governor.
The Observer said: “On Sunday afternoon, McCrory was shopping at Reid’s Fine Foods when Drew Swope, a 45-year-old cook, said he asked if he could help McCrory. After realizing he was speaking with the governor, whom he disagrees with politically, Swope said he told McCrory, ‘Thanks for nothing,’ and walked away. Swope said the governor was upset at his comment and began ‘yelling’ at him. He said McCrory said he was a customer and shouldn’t be treated that way. He said the governor and his security team complained to the food store owner, who then fired him.”
The Governor’s spokesman disputes that account, saying the cook “made an obscene gesture to the governor during the conversation” and that Swope has said “things about physically harming the governor as well.”
This isn’t good news for a Governor who already has a reputation for being thin-skinned. Getting store employees fired is not exactly the way to ingratiate yourself with the public. It smacks of Thomas E. Dewey suggesting that his campaign train engineer be shot at sunrise.
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# dap916
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 10:44 AM
I agree with you now and then here on TAP, Gary.

This is one of those times.

# Chris
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:38 AM
There's a little bit of he-said, she-said here. We know that the Governor was visiting a store, one of the store employees said something inappropriate to the Governor and may have made some sort of inappropriate gesture. Somebody told the store owner, and the employee was fired. We don't know if the Governor asked for the employee to be fired.

However, this is a lesson: if you want to keep your job, don't be an ass to your customers.
# Choo
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:40 AM
Next thing will be a traffic jam, caused by McCrory. Nothing like when the President comes to town, just a small one, but McCrory caused it. I think he also wore a plad and stripe together and that is a fashion no no. Get a life.

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