After speaking to a packed house at Heritage Hall in Lexington on Wednesday night, Bernie Sanders apparently was feelin’ the burn — of hunger.
The Democratic presidential candidate stopped by the Graeter’s Ice Cream store on Euclid Avenue with his wife, Jane.
“He came to our Chevy Chase store at the end of the night,” manager Colleen Jones said. “We didn’t get much notice. His people called, and he was there very shortly after that. He came in and got some ice cream with his people.”
So, what did Sanders order?
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“The report is that he got two scoops, double chocolate chip, in a cup,” Jones said.
No hot fudge or whipped cream? (Graeter’s is known for both.)
“He probably was dressed up,” she said.
His wife, Jane Sanders, got a single scoop of regular chocolate chip.
How did the Vermont senator (supported by Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Ben Cohen, who created the Bernie’s Yearning — 99 percent vanilla with a 1 percent chocolate disk — just for Sanders) hear about Cincinnati-based Graeter’s?
“I’m sure one of his people knew about Graeter’s and said you should check this out,” Jones said. “He got coffee at Heine Brothers in Louisville, too.”
(Former president Bill Clinton stopped by Heine Brothers, too; no word on whether Clinton hit Graeter’s when he was in Lexington on Tuesday.)
Jones said that at the time, the only people working were University of Kentucky students. They all took pictures with Sanders, who apparently waited in line like everyone else. Many of the late-night ice cream customers also were UK students, apparently.
“He loves meeting with college students,” Jones said.
Danielle Moulton, 20, of Lexington, was the manager on duty when a man in a suit asked to speak with her Wednesday night.
She thought it was going to be a complaint. Instead, he told her Sanders was going to stop by.
“We couldn’t say anything to anyone. We are preparing … we like tried to clean up the store as much as we could, but the store was already packed,” Moulton said. Then she saw the men in suits on the street. “And I though, ‘oh my gosh, this is real.’”
And drawing a lot of attention: Across the street in Chevy Chase Inn, Lucy Jones was meeting a friend and they noticed “what we realized was a mounting Secret Service presence and I said’ I wonder if that’s Bernie.’
“And saw that little telltale tuft of unruly white hair. And I said yep, that’s him,” Jones said. She went across and got there in time snap a photo of Sanders about to dive into his ice cream.
“I took a picture, and felt terrible because I was treating him like an alien being. So I walked over, introduced myself, and thanked him for all he’s doing for our country,” said Jones, who said she is a Democrat but hasn’t decided who to vote for.
“It was a little surreal,” Jones said. “If you can imagine catching up with a friend at a local watering hole one minute and shaking hands with Bernie Sanders the next. ... Such is the magic of Lexington.”
There was one tiny faux pas from the egalitarian Sanders: When he came in, he straight up to the counter.
Then his wife said “‘Bernie you just cut the whole line!’ And he said ‘I’m sorry,’ and went to the end of line,” Moulton said. The other customers tried to let him go ahead, but Sanders waited.
The Sanders’ camp opened a tab and about 10 people ordered ice cream.
“It was crazy,” Moulton said. “He came with a lot of people, who paid separately, and he had a lot of people who followed him. So we got really busy afterward.”
The store stayed open a little late to accommodate the demand, but it was worth it, Moulton said.
She is a Sanders supporter, as is Katherine Etherton, the employee who waited on him.
“We were all very excited. I was so nervous,” she said. “It was about to be chaos. I was concerned about making it all go right. Then the Secret Service surrounded the store ... and afterward they came back, thanked us and gave us all Secret Service pins.”
Trump-backing tow truck driver wouldn’t help Sanders supporter
Ken Shupe responded to a woman who was stranded on an interstate in North Carolina on Monday. Shupe is a tow truck driver; the woman had been involved in a wreck, according to reports.
But when Shupe arrived, he noticed something about the woman's car — specifically, he noticed that the woman was a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, according to Fox Carolina.
"Every business dealing in recent history that I've had with a socialist-minded person, I haven't got paid," Shupe told the station.
He added: "Every time I've dealt with these people in recent history, I get 'Berned.'
"With an 'e,' not a 'u.' "
So Shupe refused to tow her.
"He said, 'I can't tow you . . . you're a Bernie supporter,' " the woman, Cassandra McWade, told the Huffington Post. "I was like: 'Wait, are you serious? You're kidding me.' "
"Something came over me, I think the Lord came to me, and he just said get in the truck and leave," Shupe told an ABC affiliate. "And when I got in my truck, you know, I was so proud, because I felt like I finally drew a line in the sand and stood up for what I believed."
According to Fox Carolina, Shupe identified himself as a conservative Christian who supports Donald Trump.
Sarah Larimer, Washington Post\