- The Lys, the family who owns Tank Noodle, which opened in 2000, took photos while on an airplane headed for D.C.
- Tank Noodle’s associate manager, Thien Ly, posted an image of him sitting beside another man. Ly also posted a screenshot of a United Airlines boarding pass and wrote “Jan#6 Get Wild! #fightfortrump” as the caption for his Facebook post.
- On the night of Jan. 6, various social media users tweeted Ly’s images, criticizing the owners.
- After opening the restaurant at 11 a.m., one employee allegedly encountered 15 threatening phone calls in half an hour.
- “We’re afraid for our lives right now, we’re just trying to work and provide for our family,” the employee told Eater Chicago. “[Staff] all have children, now they’re scared they won’t have a job.”
- In addition to the phone calls, angry social media users took to Twitter to criticize the Lys for supporting Trump and flying to D.C. during the current pandemic.
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- On Yelp, users left so many one-star reviews of Tank Noodle that the website had to temporarily disable the restaurant’s page.