June 1, 2018
So, after Starbucks got the entire world up on its back for calling the cops on black loiterers, who then argued with the cops for ten minutes, forcing them to arrest them, the entire customer service world is on edge.
It’s tough out there.
Two employees of a bakery in Portland, Oregon were fired earlier this month for denying a black woman service because the business had closed.
“Back To Eden Bakery” released several public apologies and statements following the incident, before letting the employees go. In one Facebook post, the bakery’s co-owner wrote, “We are doing business in a gentrified neighborhood in a racist city within a racist state of a racist country.”
That statement is so over the top lol.
They’re just trying to save their own asses from getting Starbucked.
A small business that is targeted and accused of racism potentially has no ability whatsoever to fight back, and would just break.
In one statement, “Back To Eden Bakery” says that according to its own surveillance video, a black woman named “Lillian”, who is well known in the area as a “professional equity activist”, entered at 9:06 p.m., after the bakery’s closing time. Employees had also turned off the “Open” sign, but several customers (all white) who had already ordered were still inside. Two other white women who went to the bakery two minutes before “Lillian”, and were also informed that the business was closed for the night.
The bakery says “Lillian” left the store briefly and began recording video.
The bakery’s statement says that even though it does not consider the employees to be racist and that they were following the business’s protocol of closing at 9 p.m., they were fired because “sometimes impact outweighs intent.” The bakery also says in the statement that the way the employees went about denying the woman service, “lacked sensitivity and understanding of the racial implications at work.”
In the statement “Back To Eden” says the employees were fired because the woman and the “clamoring public” demanded they be fired.
In one statement, the bakery admitted that the employees did not necessarily do anything wrong, “this is more about how a black woman was made to feel” at the business.
That statements have since been deleted.
Yeah, you’d better delete that.
The last thing you want to say is “this is just a black crybaby scam, but we have no choice but to go along with it” while going along with a black crybaby scam. That’s worse than not going along with it.
The idea that anyone, anywhere in America, is purposefully refusing service to black people because they hate the color of their skin is so utterly nonsensical on the face of it that it simply cannot hold up to any scrutiny at all, and it has to just be accepted without thinking. If you say “this is fake but we don’t have a choice” it’s worse than simply coming out and saying “yes, we refused service because we virulently hate the level of pigmentation of the skin of the individual in question.”
Basically, post #StarbucksArrestGate, black people can just demand what they want from any business.
I’m not sure how long this is going to be sustainable.