#WalkAway Founder Says He Was ‘Refused Service’ At Camera Store After Employee Recognized Him

Scott Morefield | Reporter

Brandon Straka, the gay former liberal who has gained attention of late as the man behind the recent movement to #WalkAway from liberalism and the Democratic Party, claimed on Thursday that he was denied service by a camera store employee who recognized him “from TV.”

“I’m shaking right now,” Straka tweeted on Thursday. “I just went into a camera store to buy a camera and a light and mic, etc. and they recognized me from tv. I was refused service because they said it was for ‘alt right’ purposes. That literally just happened.”

Later the same day, the #WalkAway founder tweeted a picture of himself with the caption, “What happened to me today will NOT slow me down or deter me in any way. We will prevail. #WalkAway”

Straka told Big League Politics that the shop he visited was a “specialty shop.”

“They have a section for cameras, a section for lighting, and a section for microphones. I finished with every section except the microphones, and when I went up there, another customer recognized me from Tucker [Carlson Tonight].”

While Straka said that customer was excited to meet him and even asked for a picture —and most store employees in the other sections were polite — one individual in the microphone section refused to serve him.

Straka said that the employee was a fellow gay man, and that when he tried to explain what #WalkAway was, the employee was not interested in having a conversation. Straka was directed to another employee at the store who completed the sale. Straka could not help but point out the irony. He is trying to help liberate the political left from closed-mindedness, and was bewildered that another gay man, supposedly a tolerant liberal, would not simply hear him out.

In a Thursday night tweet, the conservative activist expressed his desire for the store not be retaliated against.

Straka, a former New York City hair stylist turned activist, described his conversion from liberal to conservative in this viral video:

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