A group of Republicans turned the tables on a Charlotte Starbucks Saturday, after its staff was accused of mocking a women for wearing a Donald Trump T-Shirt. More than 50 people, all wearing clothes or carrying items that signified their support for President Donald Trump, piled into a Starbucks in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The group had no demands, but instead wanted to stand up to a business they felt was disrespectful toward their political views, Mecklenburg County Republican Party board member James Tatro told The Charlotte Observer.
“We wanted the staff to see that Trump supporters are just as human as anyone else,” he said. “We live in a diverse city. It’s unacceptable in a modern society to make a customer feel uncomfortable, whether it’s a liberal business mistreating a conservative customer or a conservative business mistreating a liberal customer.”
The group told TV station Fox 46 the sit-in was a little tense at the beginning, when a throng of people filed through the door. But the mood lightened as more and more people ordered coffee using the names of different members of the Trump cabinet, including Mike Pence and Jeff Sessions.
“I gave them the name Trump and…they were very gracious about it,” Shellie Anderson told Charlotte TV station Fox 46. “We just wanted to reverse the little negativity…It’s really good to come together and take something negative and just come in here and be respectful.”
The party said the group consisted of representatives from the board, Hispanics for Trump, Women for Trump, and Deplorable Pride, a pro-Trump LGBT group.
The group tells they are supporting a woman who was mocked by the Barista just a few days ago for wearing a Trump t-shirt.
“They shouted out build a wall and shoved a drink at me and then all the Barista’s in the back started cracking up laughing,”
“It’s unfortunate, it’s very heartbreaking that something like this does happen,”
Starbucks has formally apologized for the original incident, which took place earlier this month, saying they “failed to meet this customer’s expectations of us, and we have apologized and are working directly with her to make it right.”
The Mecklenburg County Republican Party posted on their Facebook page that the event was “a perfect example of a peaceful political demonstration and calls what happened to Kayla Hart “terrible.”
“We think it not only hurt her feelings, but discouraged her from being involved in political process,” “Many Trump supporters are afraid to wear Trump gear for that reason…It’s a shame that some people only feel comfortable when it’s group of 40 people or so.”
Fortunately for everyone involved in Saturday’s Starbucks sit in, there was no violence reported. Nor were there any reports of Trump shirt-related mockery.