Surry County reverses course, rescinds bans on Coke machines after company criticizes Georgia law – WXII12 Winston-Salem


Surry County’s ban on Coca-Cola has fizzled. Leaders of the North Carolina county have reversed their course and rescinded its ban on the Atlanta-based soda company.After county commissioners banned Coke machines for the company’s criticism of Georgia Republicans, Surry County residents gave commissioners their own message.Members of the public tell commissioners the county has far bigger problems, like the deadly opioid addiction, than to waste time grandstanding on political rhetoric.Representatives from Coca-Cola Consolidated, a separately-owned company, asked commissioners to reconsider their actions, noting that the company employs three dozen workers in Mount Airy.The spokesperson for Coca-Cola Consolidated told commissioners more than 100 companies spoke out on Georgia’s new voting law. Their company was not one of them, but it was the only company impacted in Surry County. The public hearing did not change the mind of Eddie Harris, the commissioner who led the fight to ban Coke machines and wrote the letter to the company. His message went viral, with him appearing on national television to voice his cause.Harris used the meeting to raise concerns about voter fraud.Commissioner Larry Johnson, who abstained from voting on the previous Coke ban, introduced a bill to rescind it.Johnson voted this time, and the board overturned the Coke ban in a 3-2 vote.

Surry County’s ban on Coca-Cola has fizzled. Leaders of the North Carolina county have reversed their course and rescinded its ban on the Atlanta-based soda company.

After county commissioners banned Coke machines for the company’s criticism of Georgia Republicans, Surry County residents gave commissioners their own message.

Members of the public tell commissioners the county has far bigger problems, like the deadly opioid addiction, than to waste time grandstanding on political rhetoric.

Representatives from Coca-Cola Consolidated, a separately-owned company, asked commissioners to reconsider their actions, noting that the company employs three dozen workers in Mount Airy.

The spokesperson for Coca-Cola Consolidated told commissioners more than 100 companies spoke out on Georgia’s new voting law. Their company was not one of them, but it was the only company impacted in Surry County.

The public hearing did not change the mind of Eddie Harris, the commissioner who led the fight to ban Coke machines and wrote the letter to the company. His message went viral, with him appearing on national television to voice his cause.

Harris used the meeting to raise concerns about voter fraud.

Commissioner Larry Johnson, who abstained from voting on the previous Coke ban, introduced a bill to rescind it.

Johnson voted this time, and the board overturned the Coke ban in a 3-2 vote.