After years of representing clients he says he can’t stomach, Vince Megna has had enough. The so-called “lemon law king” has declared that he’ll no longer take clients who voted for Donald Trump.
“I can’t do it anymore,” he said. “I don’t want to be sitting in my conference room talking to someone who has voted for Trump, because I won’t be able to represent them. I have no passion. I don’t care what happens with their car.”
Megna posted notice of his new policy Tuesday on Facebook:
“As of February 1, 2017 I will no longer represent any person who voted for Donald Trump. I refuse to help people who blame the poor for everything, hate immigrants and still want to send the blacks back. But when they get a bad car and want money from ‘General Motors’ it’s the end of the world.”
He added: “Please share. I want this to get out.
Megna posted it on Tuesday and by Wednesday two other lawyers sent him messages to say they were following suit.
But he’s never blatantly turned away business until now.
How is he going to know the political leanings of his prospective clients?
“I’ll know,” he said. “I’ll ask.”
He’s asked four prospective clients so far and turned down one.
Megna said he’s one of the only attorneys left in Wisconsin who will take on a defective car case, since Republicans gutted the state’s lemon law a few years back. So effectively, he said, there’s nowhere to go for Trump voters with defective cars.
“There really isn’t,” he said.
Megna’s not the only one whose business interests have collided with the hyper-partisan political mania of the Trump era.
The trade union at Air France is calling on members to refuse to work on U.S.-bound flights because of Trump’s order barring entrance to immigrants and travelers from seven Muslim countries.
And it cuts both ways. Trump supporters irritated at Starbucks’ vow to hire thousands of refugees and displaced immigrants are promising a boycott of the world’s foremost caffeine dispensary.
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Then there’s Kris Coulon, a frame shop owner in Aspen, Colorado, who came under fire when a customer told “Fox & Friends” that her requesst to get pictures of an inaugural party framed was refused.
Coulon, who wasn’t interviewed for the segment, said she refused the business because the photos were water-damaged and irreparable. :
“The thing is, I’d frame anything for anybody,” she told the Aspen Times. “I’m in the business to make money. I have plenty of clients who are major conservatives. I’ve framed things of George Bush, Cheney.”
Her voicemail box quickly filled.
“The worst part of it is the hate,” she said.
Megna, who’s been sticking it to car companies for 26 years, can afford to be choosy.
“I’ve been doing this a long time,” he said. “I’m not really here for the money anymore. We make money. We make quite a bit of money. But that’s not what motivates me.”
He said he’s had two lawyers, one from Wisconsin and one in California, contact him to say they plan to follow his lead.
The note from the attorney from California said: “I’m with you on this. I’m not going to do it either. But in California there’s not that many Trumpsters.”
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