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Riverside, CA - Coffee Shop Worker Refuses Service To Man Who Insults Muslim

Published on: May 15, 2018 10:00 PM
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Riverside, CA - A California coffee shop worker refused to serve a customer who insulted a Muslim woman wearing a head covering in a confrontation recorded on video.

The Press-Enterprise reports the clip posted online Monday was shot at a Riverside Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

It shows a man asking “Is this Halloween?” while standing in front of the woman wearing the head covering, called a niqab. When the woman confronts him, he replies he doesn’t like her religion.

Voices can be heard shouting for the man to leave. A supervisor who identifies herself as Tawny Alfaro refuses to sell him coffee while saying he was being disruptive and racist.

The Muslim woman replies with a “thank you.”

The man and the Muslim woman are not identified.

Coffee Bean says it has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to discrimination. Alfaro couldn’t be reached Tuesday.

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 May 15, 2018 at 11:46 PM lazy-boy Says:

the question really is:

is a person allowed to express his opinion about another's religion or not. Can I say Christianity is bad since it killed so many Jews during the Middle Ages? Can I say I don't like the way Catholic priests dress all in black? Can I say I don't like the way nuns dress, to severe, too dark, too etc....

Secondly, does it matter if I say it smiling and pleasantly or if I say it in a nasty and unpleasant tone?

Freedom of speech is not the same as being politically correct....

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 May 16, 2018 at 09:20 AM Nachum Says:

To #1- Would you like if gentiles make fun of Jews because they are wearing kippahs and tzittis in public? It doesn't make any differenceif they say it with a smirk on their goyish faces, or if they shout it out. Do you like it when gentiles or anti-semites should out at Jews, who are walking to Shul on Shabbos? Is that freedom of speech? I think not. There is a difference between freedom of speech, and hate speech

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 May 16, 2018 at 09:31 AM georgeg Says:

Reply to #1  
lazy-boy Says:

the question really is:

is a person allowed to express his opinion about another's religion or not. Can I say Christianity is bad since it killed so many Jews during the Middle Ages? Can I say I don't like the way Catholic priests dress all in black? Can I say I don't like the way nuns dress, to severe, too dark, too etc....

Secondly, does it matter if I say it smiling and pleasantly or if I say it in a nasty and unpleasant tone?

Freedom of speech is not the same as being politically correct....

The story is about one person personally and publicly insulting to her face another person who is a customer of the establishment. That has nothing to do with "freedom of speech".

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 May 16, 2018 at 09:39 AM shimonyehuda Says:

the coffee shop people used their freedom to not serve a disruptive annoying racist customer. that is their right too

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 May 16, 2018 at 09:58 AM yamsar Says:

Reply to #1  
lazy-boy Says:

the question really is:

is a person allowed to express his opinion about another's religion or not. Can I say Christianity is bad since it killed so many Jews during the Middle Ages? Can I say I don't like the way Catholic priests dress all in black? Can I say I don't like the way nuns dress, to severe, too dark, too etc....

Secondly, does it matter if I say it smiling and pleasantly or if I say it in a nasty and unpleasant tone?

Freedom of speech is not the same as being politically correct....

What are you on about? Freedom of speech? This is a private establishment and they have every right in the book to refuse service to anybody that creates an unpleasant environment in their store. He may have been free to say it, but they are free to refuse service.

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 May 16, 2018 at 10:25 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
lazy-boy Says:

the question really is:

is a person allowed to express his opinion about another's religion or not. Can I say Christianity is bad since it killed so many Jews during the Middle Ages? Can I say I don't like the way Catholic priests dress all in black? Can I say I don't like the way nuns dress, to severe, too dark, too etc....

Secondly, does it matter if I say it smiling and pleasantly or if I say it in a nasty and unpleasant tone?

Freedom of speech is not the same as being politically correct....

When in a store you don't have unrestricted freedom of speech. In other words if you talk out of line the store has every right to ask you to leave and refuse to serve you. If you refuse to leave they can call the cops to arrest you as you are trespassing.

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 May 16, 2018 at 11:24 AM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #1  
lazy-boy Says:

the question really is:

is a person allowed to express his opinion about another's religion or not. Can I say Christianity is bad since it killed so many Jews during the Middle Ages? Can I say I don't like the way Catholic priests dress all in black? Can I say I don't like the way nuns dress, to severe, too dark, too etc....

Secondly, does it matter if I say it smiling and pleasantly or if I say it in a nasty and unpleasant tone?

Freedom of speech is not the same as being politically correct....

Freedom of speech is a funny thing. It certainly does not stop a shop from refusing service to a potential customer who is insulting another customer.

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 May 16, 2018 at 11:40 AM Moishe Says:

Reply to #1  
lazy-boy Says:

the question really is:

is a person allowed to express his opinion about another's religion or not. Can I say Christianity is bad since it killed so many Jews during the Middle Ages? Can I say I don't like the way Catholic priests dress all in black? Can I say I don't like the way nuns dress, to severe, too dark, too etc....

Secondly, does it matter if I say it smiling and pleasantly or if I say it in a nasty and unpleasant tone?

Freedom of speech is not the same as being politically correct....

At home, or with friends, you can say whatever you please.
That does not give you the license to be loudly hateful to another in a coffee shop.

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 May 16, 2018 at 12:28 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #4  
shimonyehuda Says:

the coffee shop people used their freedom to not serve a disruptive annoying racist customer. that is their right too

Just like a baker has a right not to bake cakes for gay weddings. Its his right.

Glad we agree on something yoni.

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 May 16, 2018 at 12:31 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #2  
Nachum Says:

To #1- Would you like if gentiles make fun of Jews because they are wearing kippahs and tzittis in public? It doesn't make any differenceif they say it with a smirk on their goyish faces, or if they shout it out. Do you like it when gentiles or anti-semites should out at Jews, who are walking to Shul on Shabbos? Is that freedom of speech? I think not. There is a difference between freedom of speech, and hate speech

I do agree with you that its wrong.

But in all fairness anti isalm is not similar to antisemitism. Muslims killed the most americans ever and still actively seek to kill us. Yes its only extremists etc... But at the end of the day its Muslims that are killing us not jews. Its rational hate. I still do agree though that its wrong to shame muslims in public (esp that most are not religious anyhow and don't believe in all of Islams BS even if they wear a burka)

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 May 16, 2018 at 12:31 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #7  
clear-thinker Says:

Freedom of speech is a funny thing. It certainly does not stop a shop from refusing service to a potential customer who is insulting another customer.

But it stops a baker from refusing service to a gay customer

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 May 16, 2018 at 12:51 PM Conservative Carl Says:

Reply to #10  
Educated Archy Says:

I do agree with you that its wrong.

But in all fairness anti isalm is not similar to antisemitism. Muslims killed the most americans ever and still actively seek to kill us. Yes its only extremists etc... But at the end of the day its Muslims that are killing us not jews. Its rational hate. I still do agree though that its wrong to shame muslims in public (esp that most are not religious anyhow and don't believe in all of Islams BS even if they wear a burka)

It's unchivalrous to mock a woman, burka or no burka.

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 May 16, 2018 at 12:51 PM Conservative Carl Says:

Reply to #11  
Educated Archy Says:

But it stops a baker from refusing service to a gay customer

You an I both know that it's not what the writers of the First Amendment meant.

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 May 16, 2018 at 01:29 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #12  
Conservative Carl Says:

It's unchivalrous to mock a woman, burka or no burka.

Agreed even though its not from your bro!

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 May 16, 2018 at 01:30 PM Moderate Munch Says:

Reply to #11  
Educated Archy Says:

But it stops a baker from refusing service to a gay customer

It's not freedom of speech that doesn't allow him to refuse service.

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 May 16, 2018 at 02:49 PM Anonymous Says:

To #12 and #13- I have to congratulate you, Conservative Carl! This is the first time in history, that you didn't mention your "Bro Mo". Is he on vacation?

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