“#Mask-less man hounds Bed-Stuy shop over ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign, video shows”
June 18, 2020 | 4:33pm | Updated June 18, 2020 | 4:45pm
Rohan Singh said he filmed the white man outside of Burly Coffee in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 9:35 a.m. Thursday as the customer insisted the store take down the sign on the front window.
“I just wanted to get some coffee,” Singh wrote on Twitter. “But this racist a–hole decided it’s time to educate us and ‘make a protest’ about how ‘all lives matter.’ ”
The encounter shared on YouTube showed the unidentified man argue that the sign was the “most racist thing out there.”
“No mask, no service. You need to go,” the employee could be heard saying to the man, who was not wearing a face covering.
But the man refused to budge, pointing to the sign and saying, “you need to take this off.”
“This is an establishment. This is her workplace. Stop harassing her,” another bystander said.
The man, however, insisted he was “making a protest” and broke out into a chant of “all lives matter.”
“It’s not a protest. You’re just harassing me,” the employee said to him.
Singh said the encounter lasted about 20 minutes before the barista managed to leave the store and close the door behind her, prompting the man to walk away.
Burly Coffee said Thursday on its Instagram page that “unfortunately, this was not an isolated incident with this person.”
“We strongly stand with Black Lives Matter and applaud our staff for standing up to blinding hate that has appeared at our door,” the store wrote.
The video began circulating Thursday afternoon on Twitter, where it has more than 600,000 views.
“I can’t believe this happened in Bed Stuy,” said @AIRSTEVEJOBS, who posted the clip on the platform.
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