A California woman who approached a senior citizen for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat at a local Starbucks was fired from her job.
According to USA Today, the woman identified as Rebecca Mankey was fired from her job at Gryphon String Instruments after she posted the confrontation on her social media pages. She stated that she told the man that it was “not okay to hate brown people” since the hat has become a symbol of oppression and hatred during Trump’s presidency.
Mankey also added in another post that she was attempting to get the man fired from his job. Gryphon Music Instruments released a statement on their Facebook page, condemning Mankey’s actions and said her opinions are not a reflection of the company itself:
“Gryphon does not believe anyone should be harassed or subject to hate speech no matter their beliefs. We would like to make it clear that the opinions expressed and actions taken by the employee are not indicative of how we conduct ourselves at the shop and we hope we can continue to serve our customers across the country respectfully and universally as we have done for nearly 50 years.”
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Additional reports stated that Mankey called the 74-year-old man “Nazi scum” and posted his photo on Twitter in hopes of identifying him. He was identified by the first name Victor and said he feels regret that Mankey was fired from her job due to the confrontation.
“This woman comes over and she says, ‘Is that a Trump hat?’ I said, ‘I think it is, yes.’ And then she turned to the rest of the audience, the people in Starbucks and said, ‘Hey, everybody! Come over here! Let’s get this guy! He’s a hater! I’m calling him out! He hates brown people. He’s a Nazi,”
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