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By Hilde Kate Lysiak
A local business owner banned the Town Manager of Patagonia from his restaurant after claiming his biz was threatened by the official during a dispute about boxes left in an alleyway–while the official claimed he was taken out of context.
The trouble began shortly before 11 am on April 14 at Crown B Taqueria when Town Manager Ron Robinson confronted owner Alexis Banks over garbage and cardboard boxes that had been left behind the store, according to co-owner James Banks.
“He came in here two minutes before service started with four customers in line telling Alexis needed to do something with the garbage right now, but there wasn’t even any garbage in the first place,” said James Banks.
Confused, James said he then called the town of Patagonia to speak to Robinson to clear up the issue, but was unable to get him on the phone, according to Banks.
A short while later Robinson showed back up in person and an argument erupted with the Town Manager threatening to shut the business down, according to Banks.
James recalled, “He came back over here all worked up and we got into an argument because I told him I was going to leave the boxes there because I paid for the trash service. And he said, no your not, and that he would cut my service, and that there was no power greater than him here in Patagonia.”
James said that the dispute continued to escalate and that costumers were there, so he asked Robinson to leave his property two times, but after Robinson refused both requests, James called the police. However, when the police came James said that instead of helping him that the first thing they did was ask for his identification and run his record.
“I asked him to leave, he refused to leave. I asked him again, he refused to leave. Then I called the cops, the cops came…and they came and just ran my ID and I was the one who called them,” said James.
Footage of part of the incident obtained by the OSN shows Banks then banning Robinson from his business, resulting in the Town Manager standing on the sidewalk outside of the property while the officer explains that while Robinson could not enter the business that he could legally stand on the sidewalk all day.
“It is a public sidewalk you can’t do anything about that. He knows he isn’t allowed on your property,” the officer could be heard saying in the video.
However, when the OSN contacted Robinson he has a different story, and claims that his words were taken out of context and that he was just trying to keep the town in order during a time of crisis.
“One of the responsibilities of the Town Managers position is to enforce codes. Crown B had trash out in Mendoza Alley and I was addressing the issue. The owner felt that he needed to seek a higher power to get this issue resolved and I stated there is no higher power. The old saying ‘buck stops here’ is appropriate on enforcement of Town Codes with my office,” Robinson told the OSN in an email.
Banks says that while he understands that Robinson has a just to do, he felt it was unprofessional to act that way in front of his customers. He added that he has no grudge towards anyone, but believes he and his customers deserve an apology.
“He needs to be more careful with his words and apologize to the Crown B for affecting business and representing the town in that manner,” said Banks.