Lefty privilege and political polarization sparks confrontation at Starbucks

Lefty privilege and political polarization sparks confrontation at Starbucks, by Palo Alto Online. In the Bay Area of California, near Stanford University.

It began when Palo Alto resident Rebecca Parker Mankey attempted to shame an elderly white man wearing a red Make America Great Again hat as he sat in the coffeehouse — an encounter she later wrote about on social media.

Calling him a “hater of brown people,” Mankey said she yelled at him and addressed Starbucks customers and employees to join her in her effort. She said she left the store but soon returned and continued to yell at him.

Mankey said she was “heartbroken” that other white people didn’t stand up against the man sporting a slogan that was popularized by Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign. She followed him out of the store to the parking lot, where she continued to berate and swear at him.

She called the man “Nazi scum” and threatened to post pictures of him on social media, which she then did, along with her version of the incident on her Facebook page and on Twitter. She asked the public for help finding him — “I want him to have nowhere to hide,” she wrote — a practice called “doxing,” or posting personal contact information to encourage threats and harassment.

The incident has had repercussions not only for Mankey, who said on Tuesday she’s received death threats and was fired from her job as an accountant, but also for her former employer, Gryphon Stringed Instruments. Staff at the store said they were inundated with angry phone calls and emails Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the 74-year-old Palo Alto man in the MAGA hat, who is Jewish, told the Palo Alto Weekly that he is not afraid of the woman. Rather, he said, her actions are an example of the lack of discourse in the country over differing viewpoints. He said he has seen her description of the incident and that it was accurate. (The man’s name is being withheld as he did not harass anyone.)

Mankey, who is an appointed member of Palo Alto’s North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan Working Group and co-chairs the Bayshore Progressive Democrats, a relatively new progressive club addressing social-justice issues, exhorted people to confront the man if they see him wearing the red cap. …

The man in the MAGA hat told the Weekly that he goes to Starbucks every day. When Mankey, whom he did not know, approached and began questioning him about his hat, he thought she was going to talk to him about politics, a common occurrence, but instead, she lit into him right away.

He said he was not really cognizant that she had called him a “hater of brown people” or that she likened him to a Nazi. She was “raving,” he said, and he wasn’t focused on her words.

She told him she wanted him to call the police because then she would learn his name and where he lived, his wife’s name and where his children had attended school, her Facebook post states.

How’s that for abuse, violence, and political intimidation? The media and the political climate were interpreted by this woman as giving her free reign to do this — even requiring her to do it! Good one lefties.

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Btw, I lived in or around Palo Alto for six years and this is all very believable.