A California woman was fired after she confronted a MAGA hat wearing man in Starbucks. She later threatened him on Facebook, according to NBC News:
“Anybody 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 wearing that hat in my town ever again,” a woman who has been identified as Rebecca Mankey posted to Facebook Monday with pictures of the man.
“If you see him in this hat please confront him. You do not want to be the person who didn’t speak up as we slipped into fascism,” the post continued.
She then commented on the post that she was going to stand outside of the man’s job and “make him feel as unsafe as he made every brown person he met today.”
The Facebook page has since been deactivated.
The man, identified only as Victor, is 74 years old and Jewish. He said this is a clear example of “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”
“This woman comes over, and she says ‘Is that a Trump hat?’ I said, ‘I think it is, yes,'” Victor recalled. He said Mankey then turned to the rest of the Starbucks customers 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,” NBCNews.com reported.
Victor later pointed out the irony of calling a Jewish man a Nazi, but said he didn’t feel threatened by her outburst, according to The Hill:
“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.”The Hill
The woman, Rebecca Mankey, according to news outlets, has been fired from her sales and accounting at Gryphon Stringed Instruments, her employer in Palo Alto. They posted a statement explaining they rejected her stance:NBC Bay Area reported Victor was sympathetic to the news: “I feel bad someone gets fired from their job, but that’s the way it is between her and her job,” he said.