“Fendley’s fiance, Kevin Holtry, is a cop who caught five bullets in the line of duty, making him wheelchair-bound”
Big City Coffee had a contract with Boise State University in Idaho to operate an extension of their shop on campus. When students found out about the owner’s support for police, they allegedly pressured school administrators to close the shop.
The shop eventually closed the campus location.
Now the owner is taking legal action against the school.
Jeremy Lott reports at The College Fix:
Cop-supporting coffee shop owner bullied off Boise State demands $10M from university in tort claim
A coffee shop owner who left Boise State University last year after activists complained about her support for police has filed a tort claim against the college seeking $10 million in damages.
The March 24 claim, which is a precursor to a lawsuit, alleges slander, contract interference, fraud, and violations of constitutional rights, among other things.
Sarah Jo Fendley is owner of Big City Coffee, a shop in Idaho’s capital city that closed its brand new extension on the Boise State campus in October 2020.
It was widely reported at the time that the closure happened because of Fendley’s support for Thin Blue Line, a nonpolitical campaign to support police officers.
Fendley had expressed support for police officers for two specific larger reasons, according to the claim.
The first reason is that “As a single woman running a business in a sometimes rough neighborhood, the police have assisted her in many potentially dangerous situations over the years and she is appreciative of such assistance,” the claim states.
It also notes that Fendley’s fiance, Kevin Holtry, is a cop who caught five bullets in the line of duty, making him wheelchair-bound.
Jacob Scholl of the Idaho Statesman has more:
Thin Blue Line backer Big City Coffee seeks millions from Boise State over campus closure
According to the tort claim, Fendley borrowed $150,000 to equip the campus location and train staff, all while maintaining the downtown shop. Big City Coffee later signed a contract for food and beverage service through Aramark — which handles such services on the BSU campus — on Aug. 17, and the shop opened in September 2020. Big City asserts that Thin Blue Line flags and other law enforcement-related materials were not displayed at the campus coffee shop.
Big City Coffee’s attorneys say they obtained emails showing that some campus officials were discussing “the potential for controversy” between campus groups and the coffee shop as early as July 2020. If Fendley or others had been made aware of this or known that a student group began to raise concerns, Fendley might not have not opened the location, according to the tort claim.
In October, Fendley became aware of a social media message that called for a protest of Big City Coffee for displaying Thin Blue Line messaging at the downtown location.
Here’s a short local news report:
It’s a shame that this shop owner has to resort to legal action, but this is what must be done.
Schools and the left-wing students they constantly coddle must be made to feel the consequences of their actions.
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