Josh Mandel tweets about Inside the Five employee going to work sick

PERRYSBURG, Ohio (WTVG) – A local brewery makes headlines after a visit from a political candidate. Josh Mandel ate at Inside the Five in Perrysburg on Friday, and the brewery has been rocking ever since.

Mandel is running for the U.S. Senate in Ohio, and now the brewery is caught up in a campaign they didn’t even know existed.

“Honestly, I had no idea who he was until today,” said Chris Morris, co-owner of Inside the Five.

Morris knows who Mandel is today. The former Ohio treasurer stopped by the brewery for lunch on Saturday.

“Apparently he took a photo with an employee and posted whatever his political agenda was on his social media,” Morris explains.

Mandel’s message stated that although an employee “was sick today, she came to work because she knew it was short waiters.” These are the kind of American workers who make our country strong. “

The reaction from social media has been swift and brutal.

“I’ll be careful never to go,” one comment read.

Another blames management saying they “didn’t plan”.

But Morris says he doesn’t want his employees to come to work sick.

“It is our policy for employees to inform all management before coming to work. As soon as we found out, we sent our employee home, ”he says.

On Friday night, Mandel doubled down by tweeting: “Hey @InsideTheFive, instead of giving in to the waking crowd, why not get your employee’s back and give her a raise. With so many people being paid to stay home and do nothing, Brianne built up muscles feeling unwell and came to WORK.

Mandel is no stranger to controversy on social media. In June, he made headlines for burning a mask. But it’s all new to Inside the Five, and Morris is worried if business will suffer.

“It’s too early to tell … every time we’re presented in a bad light it upsets us, but we’re going to be okay with it,” Morris says.

For now, the employee is fine, and it’s business as usual, which Morris says has nothing to do with politics.

“It’s about the beer, it’s about the food, it’s about the experience. It’s about our people and our customers, ”Morris says.

13abc asked the Mandel campaign for comment and received no response. The Senate hope tweeted ten times on Saturday.

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