When two people met at a Starbucks in Palo Alto, California things quickly got heated because of political differences. When a resident of the city Rebecca Parker Mankey walked into the Starbucks location, she noticed a senior citizen in there who was wearing a Make America Great Again or MAGA hat. Because the MAGA hat represented political views she did not agree with, she approached the man and began to instigate a “debate” that quickly escalated into something much, much worse.
After the encounter, Mankey would write her side of the story on social media, describing the man with the MAGA hat as a “hater of brown people.” As she confronted the man, Mankey tried to recruit others to join her in shaming the man and verbally attacking him at the public coffee shop.
When things got too heated, Mankey left the store to cool down. However, she returned a few moments later to continue the confrontation. She later wrote how she was “heartbroken” when other white people at the store did not join her in telling the man off.
As the interaction grew more aggressive, Mankey’s remarks to the man became more hateful. She called him “Nazi scum” and then threatened to expose him on social media as one of the people who wear a MAGA hat.
She then threatened to expose him by posting his personal phone number, his address and other vital details, which is a harassment tactic called “doxing.” Although she never went through with her threat, the table turned on her when she started receiving death threats from Trump supporters and people who sided with the old man in the MAGA hat.
Eventually, the old Jewish man, 74, who was wearing the MAGA hat, spoke to the Palo Alto Weekly to tell his side of the story. He told the reporters that the woman in the mohawk had not scared him. Instead, he believes that she was wrong not to engage him in conversation instead of just yelling at him.
Meanwhile, her side of the story continued on social media.
“You do not want to be the person who didn’t speak up as we slipped into fascism,” she posted.
On Twitter, she said: “I am going to publicly shame him in town and try to get him fired and kicked out of every club he is in. I am going to go to his house march up and down carrying a sign that says he hates black people. I am going to organize protests where he works to make him feel as unsafe as he made every brown person he met today.”
Right-wing websites realized what was happening. Then they started harassing her, trying to ruin her life. They contacted her employer and her husband’s and tried to get them fired.
Meanwhile, the man in the MAGA hat wants to keep the dialogue going.
“What’s happened around here is that people get the idea that if you’re for Trump, you are an evil person,” he said.
He added that he will continue to wear the hat “until North Korea takes over our government.”
Now she’s out of a job.
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