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Friday, April 5, 2019

One woman has learned the hard lesson that you cannot post a bigoted rant against someone just because you don’t like an article of clothing they are wearing. Rebecca Mankey was clearly livid in a video she posted to Facebook when she walked into her local Starbucks and saw an older gentleman sporting a “Make America Great Again” hat.

“Anyone in Palo Alto know this freak? He was sitting in Starbucks. I think he lives in Palo Alto. He will never forget me and will think seriously about ever wearing that hat in my town ever again,” Mankey wrote in a Facebook post.

“If you see him in this hat, please confront him,” she continued. “I yelled at him. Called the entire Starbucks to order and yelled at him more about how it’s not ok to hate brown people.”

She called him a racist and a Nazi.

To anyone’s knowledge, the Jewish senior doesn’t hate any brown people and has never been a Nazi. But wearing a MAGA hat over a yarmulke must mean such to Mankey.

Mankey didn’t stop at harassing the man only identified as “Victor” inside the Starbucks, either.

Through the photos Mankey took of her proud, but vile, moment — kind of like how actual Nazis documented their atrocities —  we know Victor decided to remove himself from the situation, but Rebecca Mankey followed him out of the coffee shop to berate him further.

“I called him more names and told him to call the police,” Mankey wrote further. “Then I yelled and asked someone else at Starbucks to call the police. He wouldn’t call the police. so I called him a wimp. He got his stuff together to leave. I followed him to the register while he complained about me. Then I chased him out of the Starbucks yelling at him to get the [expletive] out of my town and never come back.”

“At one point [Victor] tried to trip me up by asking if I lived in Palo Alto. He wasn’t expected me to say that I was Palo Alto born and bred. I think he lives in Palo Alto. Please, please send me a DM if you see him anywhere.”

Facebook posts have consequences.

Rebecca Mankey’s employer at Gryphon Stringed Instruments, a guitar music shop, was made aware of her vile behavior and found it so appalling, her employment was terminated on just grounds.

“Gryphon does not believe anyone should be harassed or subject to hate speech no matter their beliefs,” the store posted.

“Music has historically been something that has brought people of diverse socio-political backgrounds together,” a statement from the store said earlier this week.

“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.”

One would think posting bigotry of any form on social media in 2019 would be clearly misguided and, certainly, Rebecca Mankey has learned that lesson the hard way.

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