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A 74-year-old man made a trip to the local Starbucks in Paolo Alto.
But it didn’t turn out to be the simple trip he had anticipated.
While at the Starbucks, Victor, who was wearing a ‘Make America Great Again Hat’ was set upon by a woman, Rebecca Parker Mankey, who then began berating him.
According to Victor, she began yelling for everyone to come over, trying to get people to swarm him, yelling, “This guys a racist! This guy hates brown people.”
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The woman, who later identified herself as Rebecca Mankey, admitted in a lengthy Facebook post that she yelled at Victor and called for anyone who spotted the 74-year-old wearing the “MAGA” hat to “please confront him.”
“I yelled at him. Called the entire Starbucks to order and yelled at him more about how it’s not okay to hate brown people…I called him more names and told him 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,” read the post on Mankey’s page, which has since been deactivated. “Then chased him out of Starbucks yelling at him to get the f— out of my town.”
She later wrote in a comment that she was “going to publicly shame him in town and try to get him fired and kicked out of every club he is in.”
But it didn’t turn out quite like Mankey had planned.
First, as Victor noted, the people in the Starbucks not only didn’t yell at him, they took issue with how she was treating him.
And when the people at her job at Gryphon Strings, a guitar sales and repair shop, found out about her nasty Facebook posts trying to sic people on Victor, she was fired.
“Gryphon does not believe anyone should be harassed or subject to hate speech no matter their beliefs. Music has historically been something that has brought people of diverse socio-political backgrounds together,” the store said in a statement 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.”
The store’s owner, Richard Johnston, told KTVU that Mankey has worked at the store as an office manager for four years. He said Mankey was fired because of her actions, not due to public backlash.
“We’ve always felt that Gryphon was the equivalent of kind of a musical town square for the community. And we welcome people of all views,” Johnston said.
Victor, who is Jewish and wears a yarmulke under his MAGA hat said the he was most offended by her calling him a Nazi. “It’s called Trump derangement syndrome: people acting crazy. If you can’t tell the difference between a hat that says ‘Make America Great Again’ and a Nazi helmet or a Ku Klux Klan hat, I’d say you’re deranged.”