Voicemail warns Treehouse Records about offending half its customers with 'Vote No' signs [AUDIO]

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One conservative customer believes Treehouse is digging its own grave by wearing its liberalism on its windows.
Treehouse Records has posted the audio of an anti-liberal and anti-gay marriage voicemail on its Facebook page.

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The voicemail, left over the weekend, warns store management about alienating conservative patrons with the "ridiculous orange 'No' signs" posted on Treehouse's 26th and Lyndale storefront.

Here's a partial transcript of the voicemail, left by a customer who says his patronage of the store extends back to when it was known as Oar Folkjokeopus, followed by the audio.
I see you've got that ridiculous orange "No" sign. Well, you know what, don't you ever think you might offend of half your audience, or half of the people who buy and support your store who might be conservatives?...

The bottom line is I have 5,000 vinyl records, and I would support your store but you know what? When you [put up liberal signs], you isolate half of your supporters. And the bottom line is you probably notice you're not making as much money as you probably want and I'm going to tell you the reason why. It's because conservatives work. Conservatives pay the money in this country...

As far as your gay marriage, it has nothing to do with bigotry. You start redefining things, what is going to be next? Marry your daughter? Marry your dog?


The voicemailer also goes on to describe Treehouse's Uptown clientele as "tattooed weird freaks," so it's reasonable to assume Pat Boone albums make up a good chunk of his 5,000-record collection.

-- Hat-tip: Bob Collins --

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31 comments
Mayo
Mayo

This guy sure does have the conservative talking points down. He's done his due diligence to the party and memorized all the Fox News points.

Shannon Styes
Shannon Styes

What this guy doesn't understand as that for many of us, principles are more important than profit. Of course they need to stay in business but hopefully they will be supported by patrons who believe they did the right thing in standing up for equality.

mox44
mox44

I'm pretty sure 95% of shoppers at any independent record store are not offended by the signs and fully support them. I haven't been to Treehouse for awhile either but will make a few more trips to make up for the less then 5% drop. Go get your vinyl fix at Northwestern Bookstore ya hater!

Brilliant
Brilliant

Someone link that part from Always Sunny in Philadelphia where he advises Charlie to just ask his date to have sex "It's a 50/50 chance yes or no"   

marylouwho
marylouwho

Does he mean "alienate" rather than "isolate"?  Not that it matters with a chap of this caliber. . .

Andy Nordenstrom
Andy Nordenstrom

Im confused how his idea of limiting peoples rights based on his ill informed opinion isn't bigotry... im sure treehouse is hurt by losing this bigots business. Conservatives forget the political theory of classical liberalism (the platform of their party) which is heavy on basic freedoms

joseph
joseph

If one were to boycott this store it should be because of the ass head owner.

Scoops
Scoops

Why is it a "liberal" issue to support civil rights for everyone? Wouldn’t a "true conservative" want the government to stay out of their personal life? Oh wait, I forgot... Republicans believe that the government should “ stay out my boardroom, but come on in to my bedroom”!  It would be a different story if Treehouse had an Obama sign in their window cause that is actually a partisan stance. I've often seen work vehicles with crazy/racist bumper stickers about Obama and wondered why they would alienate half of their potential clientele, but  to me that is different because it is attacking someone.  Why is gay rights offensive to this guy?  

Hoffman Humphrey
Hoffman Humphrey

Voting down this disgusting amendment is a human rights issue. I normally avoid businesses that display political endorsements (it's moronically conservative where I live) but this issue transcends politics. Way to go, Treehouse! I buy vinyl & will make a point of shopping at Treehouse Records when I'm in town.

brennanlee.o
brennanlee.o

Treehouse records, I know very well of your store and am sad to say I have never shopped there.. all that is going to change though, I plan to make it a monthly ritual to support your store in efforts to help make up the 50% loss.........which I am guessing is literally one or two customers that spend 20 bucks on some gospel records.

Josh Kaplan
Josh Kaplan

I like how he accused liberals of playing the bigot card at the drop of a hat, and then proceeded to call all liberals tattoo-wearing creatures who are destroying America with Atheist garbage-thinking; thus proving himself to be a cowardly hate-filled bigot.

Erica Anderson
Erica Anderson

I bet the folks at Treehouse are weeping over the loss of one homophobic douchebag of a customer.

DanK3671
DanK3671

Good thing the so called "creatures" have just as much right to vote in this country as this A-Hole does.

stacey.graham
stacey.graham

So this dim bulb complains about Treehouse having signs up espousing their views but then says proudly that he has signs up all over at his house having his views?  And then he claims half of the people that shop at Treehouse are offended conservatives but then turns around and says that ALL of the Treehouse clientele are pierced and tattooed freaks?   Way to go dude, by contradicting yourself in the face of your own words you're just negating your own arguments.  You're your own worst enemy.

Joseph Bartel
Joseph Bartel

People who are voting Yes aren't in Treehouse's primary demographic.

Paige Benda
Paige Benda

pretty sure they'd lose more customers with a "vote yes" sign....at least this way - they are weeding out the douchebags...who the hell would want ignorant bigots shopping in their store anyways???

KnittingRad
KnittingRad

He left his address! MT @citypages VM warns Treehouse Records about offending ½ its customers w/ Vote No signs [AUDIO] http://t.co/zcX6tZaG

mark.gisleson
mark.gisleson

Right. You have to wonder though, how many times can KQ's demographic go out and buy the same rock and metal albums?

 

 

critt44
critt44

Maybe this guy should find a conservative leaning record store out in some far off suburb where he most likely resides.  That would save him a trip to this thriving liberal community we "Vote No" crowd live in and love.

Michael Radke
Michael Radke

I'm happy to hear Treehouse just alienated him and other conservatives. can a store not have a personal opinion about what they believe is right? it's called having a conscience and the dignity to stand for what YOU believe in. stores have a huge platform and most are too afraid to take a political stance in fears of losing profit. hey conservative, how did you overlook this in the past? http://heartofachampion.storenvy.com/products/415368-brother-mark-treehouse-dylanger-four-4-atmosphere-masters-of-war-cd-e

Jonathan Lund
Jonathan Lund

And the real truth is finally showing through: these people have hated gay men and women for generations. This has nothing to do with marriage. This is the same thing with the treaty rights concerning Native people - when everyone was so furious about the 'fishing' issue I saw right through that too - that wasn't about treaties and Native rights - it was an opportunity for people who've hated them for years to say something under one filthy umbrella. These conservative, or NFL players (many of whom are the product of 15 year old mothers who not only weren't married, but didn't even know the birth father's name!) - sad. These people are gonna tell me about morality?

adamjgardner
adamjgardner

@citypages There are so many things wrong with that phone call.

Karma
Karma

6930 Morgan, THANKS ASSHOLE!!!

 

Del Bauer
Del Bauer

Yes, in the same way that Rage Against The Machine is alienating half of it's fans by criticizing Paul Ryan.

Chris Pederson
Chris Pederson

Sorry dude, but there are no 'two sides' to this issue. Discrimination of any sort is wrong.

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