BEDFORD, TENNESSEE — Kevin Phillips describes himself as a Trump supporter and a “modern, right-wing libertarian” and that means he says he “doesn’t need any governmental institutions” in his life. However, Phillips recently filed suit against the owner of a dry cleaning establishment in his town when his crisp, white linen sheets were not returned to him.
The owner of Super-DuperFast Dry Cleaning, Susan Richmonds, said her business has always had a policy of not returning any items to any customer unless they have their return tickets.
“I understand Mr. Phillips’ frustration,” Richmonds said, “but what if I had given his white sheets or hood to the wrong customer? Then we’d have track that person down, explain it, get the sheets and hood back, and it all could have been avoided if he’d held onto his ticket.”
Phillips doesn’t see things that way. He says he’s been having his sheets, hoods, and robes all dry cleaned at Super-DuperFast Dry Cleaning for years, but that ever since he started wearing Trump t-shirts under his robes and a Trump hat under his hood, people haven’t been treating him the same.
“I think that woman is a Democrat, liberal, or an establishment Republican who hates Trump and all the winning he’s going to do for us by negotiating, dealing, and winning,” Phillips said, “and she’s deciding not to bend her rule.” Phillips said it wasn’t his fault he lost his ticket; it fell out of his “dress robes” when he was installing large, flaming T’s in his state to help guide fellow Trump supporters to the polls.
Ms. Richmonds though, insists she’s not singling Phillips out.
“I have rednecks coming in here with their Confederate flags all the time, and we dry clean them and send them on their way,” Richmonds said, “provided they keep their ticket. I’m not a racist. I’m not someone who has a need to fly the flag of a rebellion built on the defense of slavery. But I won’t discriminate; I’ll take their cash. Mr. Phillips just doesn’t like our longstanding policy and wants to stamp his feet and get around it.”
Last week, Richmonds says she tried to approach Phillips and settle out of court, saying she’d return the sheets if he could just get his credit card receipt from his bank and show her the transaction. Phillips refused.
“I ain’t gonna do something reasonable,” he shouted, “she’s clearly an Obama lover who doesn’t want me to exercise my freedom of sheet wearing. Well, that’s what the courts are for, lady, is what I say.”
Phillips told us that once he does get his sheets back, he plans to attend a Klan rally next week where it’s rumored that a Donald Trump might make a surprise campaign stop. We asked Phillips why he was supporting Trump.
“Because fine, upstanding white supremacists like David Duke told me, duh,” Phillips said as he hung up the phone.
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