September 29, 2014 2:55 pm

Bring your gun, get a discount: Louisiana restaurant’s promotion sparks criticism

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Bergeron’s Restaurant in Port Allen, Louisiana, is offering customers a special discount of ten per cent off their meal.

All they have to do is show up to eat with a gun.

“I just need to see a weapon. I need you to be carrying a gun,” Bergeron’s owner Kevin Cox told Fox 44 News in Baton Rouge.

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And he’s not kidding. Anyone looking to knock ten per cent off their bill need only bring their favourite firearm into the restaurant with them to eat.

According to Cox, the idea began as a way of thanking law enforcement officers who frequented his establishment.

However, non-law enforcement customers began asking for the discount as well – and a business idea was hatched.

“I keep hearing so much about people banning guns. Target’s banning guns, and these people are banning guns. Don’t they realize that that’s where people with guns are going to go?” Cox said.

“I want to take the opposite approach. How can I make my place safer?”

Indeed, Cox says he believes a store full of armed customers actually makes for a safer eating environment.

“As long as everybody has a gun, we’re all the same size,” said Cox.

Cox says he gives out between 15 and 20 of these discounts per day. And while he says customers  have been receptive to the new promotion, he also jokes that he’s considered the worst-case scenario.

“I [thought] they would come in with a gun to rob me and just have lunch.”

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