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Restaurant receives threats after bringing election into cover fees

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A restaurant is facing backlash after charging customers different cover fees based on their vote in the presidential election and what team they were cheering for during the Iowa vs. Michigan game. 

On game day at Stella in Iowa City, customers were charged $5 to get in if they said they voted for Hillary Clinton, and $10 if they voted for President-elect Donald Trump.

Michigan fans, who also voted for Trump, were charged $20 to get in. 

"If you had a Michigan shirt on, I'd say 'hey obviously you're a Michigan fan, who did you vote for?' And so I'd flip it up--$20," said Gern Blanston a Partner at Stella, explaining how the pricing worked. 

"Oh Hillary? Okay, 5 dollars! And then they'd go, 'I didn't vote' and I'd go 'no vote? Ten dollars!' do your civic duty," said Blanston. 

He says the pricing was all fun and games.

"It was just funny, I was humoring myself, it was a little bit cathartic for what I was doing, dealing with the election, it wasn't violent it was funny," Blanston said. 

Now, he says threats have been pouring in.

"I got death threats saying, 'I hope your business closes' I mean, really? It doesn't make any sense to me," says Blanston. 

Instead, Blanston says it was a message on discrimination.

"You know my message was about discrimination, it said this is what discrimination feels like," said Blanston. "You're being discriminated against because you are a Michigan fan or your being discriminated against because you're a Trump voter."

Blanston says he never expected the backlash he is receiving.

"Would I do it again? It's hard to say. It was funny, it was really truly funny and it was a lot of really great discussions about politics, which I enjoy," he says.

We are told the threats got so bad, Stella took down their Facebook page.

Blanston says the election didn't turn out the way he had hoped, but he likes to deal with the situation through humor.

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