Ouster of ‘Racist’ Patron from Coffee Shop Is Cheered on Social Media
Check out the hostile broadside that prompted a California beverage chain to turn away a paying customer
A coffee chain in California is being praised on social media for its response to a man’s Islamophobic comments to a woman wearing a headscarf.
The altercation reportedly took place at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Friday, when a man made a racist remark to a Muslim woman standing behind him in line.
In a video recording of the incident, posted on Twitter by journalist CJ Werleman, the Muslim woman asks the man what he said.
“I said, is this Halloween or something?” the man repeated.
The woman asks him why he would say that, to which the man responds, “Why do you think I would say that?”
The woman then asks the man if he knows she is Muslim, and if he has a problem with that.
"I don't like it, that's why. I don't like your religion — it says to kill me, and I don't want to be killed. How's that?" he responds in the video.
The response leads to a hostile back-and-forth, with the woman asking if the man has read the Koran — which he said he has "read enough of it."
The two continue to yell as the man moves away, saying he doesn't "want to talk" to the woman anymore as she paraphrases what seems to be Luke 19:27 from the Bible.
An employee tries to separate the two and eventually a woman, who identifies herself as the supervisor of the coffee shop, asks the man to leave.
"Why are you not serving him?" the woman asks the supervisor.
"Because he is disrupting a public place and being very racist," she says.
The supervisor's actions are now being hailed on Twitter.
Some have even compared the coffee house to Starbucks, where two black men were arrested last month while waiting for a business partner.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf was not immediately available for comment.
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