California woman fired after harassing man wearing MAGA hat in Starbucks

A Bay Area woman was fired from her job this week after verbally abusing an elderly man wearing a MAGA hat Monday in a Palo Alto Starbucks. According to the Palo Alto Weekly, Rebecca Parker Mankey berated a 74-year-old man wearing the hat and walked all the way to his car with him to shame him. She reportedly was unsuccessful in getting other Starbucks customers to join in with her. She also vowed she would give the man “nowhere to hide.”

Following the in-person incident, it was reported that Mankey posted to her Facebook about the man. Mankey wrote, “I am going to go to his house and march up and down carrying a sign that says he hates black people… I am going to organize protests where he works and make him feel as unsafe as he made every brown person he met today.”

The Blaze reported that Mankey has, since the incident, deactivated her social media accounts. Mankey told the Weekly that after her posts were made public, she and her former employer Gryphon Stringed Instruments, where she was an accountant for four years, received violent threats.

A statement released by Gryphon Stringed Instruments on Facebook says they have terminated Mankey’s employment after learning about the incident and that “Gryphon does not believe anyone should be harassed or subject to hate speech no matter their beliefs.”

It is sad to see someone being harrassed solely for choosing to make public his political preferences. Incidents like this reveal that being a Trump supporter can, in some parts of the country, result in embarrassment and abuse.


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  1. Richard White says

    I am a U. S. Army retiree with 27 years active service which includes Vietnam, Germany, Korea, Panama, Grenada and Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait. When I see anyone wearing a MAGA hat, I see an enemy of my country – no different than a Viet Cong or a member of Sadam Hussien’s Republican Guard, two groups I Fought against during my Army career. When I see someone in a MAGA hat, it tells me that their Ku Klux Klan robes and their Nazi swastika armband and Brownshirt must be in the laundry. Parading around in your MAGA hat showing your hatred for the United States – you deserve every bit of public humiliation, public shaming and public harassment you get – if not more.

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