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Radford baker's business overwhelmed after telling Vice President Biden 'no'

Chris McMurray's bakery "Crumb and Get It" has received national attention since declining stop by vice president's entourage.

August 16, 2012|Orlando Salinas

RADFORD, Va. — One man in Radford is being called the next "Joe the Plumber."

He owns a bakery, but he's becoming known fast as the man who said "no" to the Vice President.

Since saying ‘no to Joe,’ “Chris the Baker” is baking like a crazy man.

It's been 24 hours since Chris McMurray said "no" to a photo op with Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday.

And his Radford bakery, "Crumb and Get It" has been slammed ever since.

"It's been a great response,” McMurray said from his store Thursday. “The overwhelming majority of people have been supportive and calls from Texas and Chicago and California. Ordering cookies and telling us to send ‘em to veterans and homeless shelters. It's been incredible."

McMurray's been in business only three months. Saying "no" to Joe, may have been the best business decision he's ever made.


WDBJ7 broke this story on Wednesday with “Crumb and Get it." Since that time the phone has been ringing off the hook. It's kind of crazy.

It's a businessman's dream, being so busy you forget where things are.

Complete strangers saying 'thanks' for saying 'no thanks' to America's second in command.

"It's a decision I made in the moment based on conviction and principle and that's what it is,” McMurray said. “There's no need to go back on anything, any decision we've made."

One man told "Chris the Baker" he didn't want any cupcakes or cookies.

"I'm just letting you know that I and my friends will never be giving you any business,” John Phillips of Radford said.

McMurray replied: “OK, Well you're entitled to your opinion sir.”

Chris McMurray says he is amazed at the response.  He says he was never looking for any publicity, and he has great respect for the office of the vice president, he just doesn't agree with many of the Obama administration’s policies.

“Crumb and Get It” was so busy Thursday they had to close their doors at 1:15 p.m. because they ran out of food.

The story of what many are now calling "Chris the Baker" has become an instant viral sensation.

National websites, including The Drudge Report and Fox News picked up WDBJ7s initial coverage of the story which has resulted in tens of thousands of views.

On the WDBJ7 Facebook page hundreds of people have commented on the story; most of them giving McMurray a thumbs up.

The traffic on was four times greater than a normal day; most of it attributed to this one story.

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