Economy & Budget

UPDATE: Smoothie bar adds $1 for liberals

UPDATE: Smoothie bar adds $1 for liberals

UPDATE 5:42p.m.

The I Love Drilling Smoothie & Juice Bar in Vernal, Utah is known for wearing its conservative environmental stance on its sleeve.

But now, the AP reports, the business has taken their conservatism one step further.

The smoothie bar, which boasts T-shirts and hats with its namesake slogan for sale, has implemented a new $1 tax on purchases made by liberal customers. According to reports, the surcharge proceeds are donated to conservative organizations such as the Heritage Foundation, and owner George Burnett, a lifelong conservative, has had three liberals contribute to the fund so far.

Burnett has said the surcharge is intended to start a conversation about the nation’s fiscal crisis.

“Really what I’m focused on is the fiscal differences between big government/small government and liberal ways, as far as entitlements and spending,” Burnett told NBC affilate KSL-TV. “We have a fiscal problem in this country. We’ve got to deal with it or we don’t have a country, so to kind of help make that point, just a little bit, I charge (liberals) just a little bit more.”

Reviews on Burnett’s new business model have been mixed on the smoothie bar’s Facebook page, but one conservative source in Utah told us he’s tickled.

“Why I love living here: reason # 2,375,” the source said.


Burnett, the owner of the I Love Drilling Juice and Smoothie Bar, told Human Events business has been booming ever since the story about his $1 surcharge for liberals went viral.

“It’s been backed up and kind of standing room only all day today,” he said.

Burnett clarified that he doesn’t dislike liberals and enjoys serving them in his shop, but wanted to make a point with his gesture and start a larger conversation.

“My message is that those that believe in big government and more entitlements and more reckless spending, they’re costing us a lot of money and a lot of jobs and raising taxes,” he said. “I think it’s only fair to charge them a little bit more.”

This week, though, conservatives and liberals alike are getting free smoothies as the shop kicks off a health living initiative. Burnett is encouraging his customers to share fitness goals on the store’s Facebook page.

“We had a liberal, she came in our shop today, and I made her (a smoothie) for free,” Burnett said.

“She left a tip.”

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  • MicahStone

    The lunatic-left extremists think of that extra dollar as a TAX – and we all know how much they love taxes.

  • justinwachin

    If those people were true liberals they would have had the next generation pick up the tab for their smoothie.

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  • UnsungPatriot

    Just tell them it’s their contribution towards his upcoming Obamacare expenses.

  • BostonMary

    Must have used up their EBT cards (Food Stamps) on champagne and caviar.

  • Stumpie

    Good for them.

  • BigUgly666

    I would love to see a lot of shops do what I used to do – If you come in, un-armed, you pay for being protected by the armed people in the store.

  • holynomore

    ‘“It’s been backed up and kind of standing room only all day today,” he said.’

    Gee, I wonder if that’s maybe because:

    “This week, though, conservatives and liberals alike are getting free smoothies”

  • sqrt_cos_180

    Yes, but Liberals only like levying taxes…not actually PAYING them. Yes, Tim Geithner, I’m talking about you!

  • Mark Johannes

    Don’t forget Berkshire and 25% of all federal employees.

  • TheSkalawag929

    I wonder what percentage of federal employees are republican and of that percentage how many are included in the 25% of federal employees you are mocking here.

  • Michael Williams

    Utah receives 28 percent of it’s budget from the Federal government.
    Where do you suppose that money comes from? Mississippi? Arkansas?

    You would be right if you guessed ‘the liberal states’.

    Places like NY, NJ, and CA pay twice as much as they receive from the government.

    If you still ‘believe’ that Democrats can’t pay their bills, what happened to the vast surplus that Bill Clinton left your genius, GW Bush?

    If you hate liberals so much, quit taking their money and pretending to be fiscally conservative.

    It’s easy to pretend to have low state taxes when someone else is paying the bills.
    ‘Red State’ is a good nickname for welfare states that depend on other, smarter, more productive states.

  • Michael Williams

    I bet ‘liberals’ pay a huge chunk of your state’s budget.
    If you live in a ‘red’ state, the chances are that New Jersey is paying for a lot of stuff in your state.

    Or New York. Or California.

    If it doesn’t interfere with your ‘beliefs’, get on the internet and look it up.

    The blue states pay the bills in this country.
    Places like Utah are just along or the ride…..