PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The manager of a gas station near downtown Prescott was fired for posting signs this week outside the business that made a baseless sexual derogatory claim about President Joe Biden and were racially offensive.
Joanne Selena Lopez said she was terminated as manager of the Shepherd Express gas station after the signs went viral on social media. She said she considered her sign saying “March is white pride month y’all” to be a joke.
Lopez said she put up the signs after watching the news Monday and later received calls from people who called her a racist.
“I took a stand, and I’m paying the consequences for it, and that’s okay,” Lopez told Azfamily.com. “I’m proud of what I did. I will never ever, ever, bow down to the pressures of anybody.”
Lopez said she had planned to buy the gas station but the owner backed out and fired her. U-Haul also has since pulled its affiliation with Shepherd Express, which also served as a U-Haul rental facility.
The signs were originally placed on a city sidewalk and Lopez moved them onto the property of the business after code inspectors spoke with her, but she insisted on keeping the content the same, officials said.
“I was disgusted by the sign, personally,” Mayor Greg Mengarelli told ABC15. “It is not indicative of mainstream citizens here in Prescott.”
Efforts by The Associated Press to contact the gas station’s owner through property records, other government records and internet searches weren’t successful.