Posted on December 10, 2010

Store Owner Responds to Having ‘Distasteful’ Billboard

WBMA-TV (Brimingham), Dec. 8, 2010

The Electronic Repair Company in East Lake is getting a lot of traffic these days all because of a sign outside the business.


[Owner Chuck] Biddinger says the sign, which reads “BBQ pork restaurant is safest . . . no Muslims inside,” is harmless.

“Muslims do not eat pork,” he said. “It’s a known fact that Muslims have tried to commit crimes in this country.”


Some locals around the area gave a mixed response.

“I think it’s hilarious to me that they would feel that way,” one man said. “But I’m not offended about it at all.”

“I would be offended if I was Muslim,” Keshia Carter said.

Carter says she drives by ERC regularly and is familiar with Biddinger’s billboard humor.

“He does go far, but a lot of it is truthful,” she said. “But when you start getting into race and religion . . . people feel strongly.”

But Biddinger claims it’s not about race or religion. He says it’s just a joke.

“I’m not a politically correct person and I don’t claim to be,” he said. “I never have been.”