STARBUCKS EFFECT: "Racism" Activist Targets Small Bakery, Two Employees Fired
You cannot appease the leftist lynch mob. So don't even try. Starbucks has been championing the leftist cause since before Amy Schumer put her first condom on a banana. Yet when two black men exercised a little entitlement, the whole ordeal was blown into a racist kerfuffle. Despite zero racism being a factor in the incident. Next up a vegan bakery in Portland. They had an "incident" earlier this month wherein a black woman seems to have felt entitled to a little post-closing snackeroo.
Here's the timeline of the event, courtesy of Back to Eden's public statement on their Facebook:
Since people are seeking the precise details of what occurred here is what we were able to view in Thursday night's security camera footage:
-At 9:02 pm we were unusually busy for closing time which is stated as 9pm everywhere that our hours appear. Most of the seats were filled and there were four people in line waiting to be served.
-At 9:03 pm our employee turns the “Open" sign light off.
-At 9:04 pm two more white women walk in and line up to be served. At this point the customers present are informed that we are officially closed.
-At 9:06 pm Lillian enters and stands in line to be served assuming given how many people are still inside and the doors unlocked that we are still open. Lillian is told we are closed and the last two women in line are the last to be served. After that she exits the building and begins taking her first video.
How the bakery handled the two white women at 9:04 is a little confusing. Were they allowed in line or were they told to get their fill of vegan noms the next day? Did the two ladies see the "Open" sign was turned off? Like were they walking toward the bakery at 9:02 when the sign was still on and didn't see the sign was off when they opened the door? Not clear.
But at 9:06 when Lillian enters, the sign is off, she's told the bakery is closed. The last two women in line are the last to be served. The statement doesn't say if the last two women in line are real women, if they're black, white, Hispanic or Rachel Dolezal.
Before we get to the other relevant passages from a public statement longer than John Galt's speech in Atlas Shrugged, let's make an important life distinction note. There's a chance you, the phenomenal person reading this story, has squeaked into a store or restaurant just at closing. Were you or were you not told the store was closing? Were you or were you not turned away? Have you been in a cafe as it was closing and told minutes before it was closing to start packing your crap to get out of the cafe? I can say yes to all of the above. My cis-gendered white privilege got me nothing.
Yet Lillian must have assumed closing rules apply not to people of color. Hence she went full social justice jihadist to record the racist vegan bakers.
Back to Eden Bakery, which is probably more Portland than even the writers of "Portlandia" can handle, caved to the liberal lynch mob by canning the two employees who told Lillian the bakery was closed:
Since both Lillian and the clamoring public were demanding that these staff members be fired that it is what we did putting these two young women out of work. It was an incredibly difficult thing for us to do especially when they felt that they were just upholding our closing time of 9pm but the way in which they went about it lacked sensitivity and understanding of the racial implications at work.
Lillian makes a stink, two employees who followed the rules got fired. The person in the wrong got rewarded, the people following the rules got punished.
So much for the left's dedication to "fairness."
Not to worry, Back to Eden hasn't learned its lesson. They'll continue to cater to the social justice whims of patrons who feel entitled to more based on their skin tone.
Moving forward we need to make sure that every one on staff, especially those tasked with greeting the public, knows the painful history of racism in Portland and the recent gentrification of Alberta Street.
In my opinion, the two employees didn't deserve to be fired simply because the mob demanded they be fired. That was a bad move. Seems like Back to Eden favors the entitled mentality of one patron over two employees who were simply following the rules. A point which bears repeating. See also WATCH: "Footage" of What Starbucks' Sensitivity Training Looks Like.
A vegan bakery in the heart of Portland was targeted by a racial activist. If you swipe through Back to Eden's posts and photos, you can see they're card-carrying social justice warriors. Not even they were immune from the mob. Because no one is. Hence the importance to tell the mob "NO!"
Now that Lillian has gotten, indirectly, two employees canned, what future copycat social justice racial warrior is going to take aim at a business of their choice? Who's going to get racially rolled in Round Three?