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Auto shop owner who told couple to remove Trump sticker claims it was covering brake light

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – A San Antonio woman claims she and her husband were forced to remove a Trump sticker before their car could be inspected at a local auto shop.

In a video posted on the Republican Party of Bexar County’s Facebook page, Cathy Rodriguez said they went to Jerry’s Auto Service last month to get their vehicle inspected. That’s when they were told to remove the Trump sticker.

“I was shocked. I was puzzled and confused as to why he wasn’t able to do the inspection,” Rodriguez said.

She removed it and told her husband she would replace it after the inspection.

Republican Party of Bexar County Chairman Cynthia Brehm says in the video,” Your vehicle is your personal property and your are protected by the U.S. Constitution. You do not have to take off that sticker.”

But Gustavo Martinez, owner of Jerry’s Auto Shop, told KTSA News it’s not a political issue. He claims the sticker was illegally placed over the rear window brake light.

“I’m a neutral person here. It’s nothing but business here, but this is part of the inspection,” Martinez told KTSA News.

He says he’s used to getting some flak from customers who get upset because they fail inspections over various infractions, including bad tail lights, broken windows, broken lights, but this is the first time he’s been embroiled in a political issue at his shop.

“This is new for me,” he said.

Martinez claims the sticker was covering the brake light at the center of the rear window when the couple brought the vehicle to his shop. The Rodriguez’s claim it was not.

San Antonio couple were told to remove their Trump sticker on their back windshield BEFORE they could get their vehicle inspected! This is so wrong. You are protected by Free Speech in the U.S.Constitution. No one should ever tell you to remove anything on your personal property. #Trump2020#MAGA#KAG@theRealDonaldJTrump!

Posted by Republican Party of Bexar County on Friday, September 20, 2019

 


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