Detectives in Lexington, VA are working overtime because a ton of threatening calls and messages have been levied against other local businesses after one restaurant refused to serve White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
Officials in Lexington tell The Blast they have been flooded with calls all over the country "targeting downtown businesses" ever since the co-owner of the Red Hen kicked Donald Trump's mouthpiece out of her eatery.
We're told "multiple investigations" are being conducted looking into threatening calls, social media posts and text messages. Officials tell us that some of the threats aren't being made to the business owners, but are actually coming straight to police through their dispatch lines.
Law enforcement sources also tell us a "retaliation group" has formed and is causing most of the trouble downtown, but they have been unable to locate the perps.
We're told all threats are being handled and police are taking "all appropriate measures."
The woman at the center of the drama, Red Hen co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson, has since stepped down from a local business group since the incident that took place on Friday.
Sanders, who is set to receive Secret Service protection, originally revealed she was booted from the restaurant, tweeting: "Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left," and added "Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so."