The social justice warrior daughter of a Massachusetts coffee shop owner cost her mother her business after bashing police in a Facebook rant.
“I’ve lost my business and I’ve lost my daughter. I don’t know how this story just keeps building, but I need people to leave me alone,” White Rose Coffeehouse owner Kato Mele told The Daily Item. “I’m closing my business so I can stop being harassed.”
The trouble started for Mele after her daughter Sophie, who also managed the store, wrote on her Facebook page that the store would never have a “Coffee with a Cop” because, she said, police are racists and bullies.
“Citizens do not need to humanize police officers,” Sophie wrote in her long rant. “Police officers need to humanize citizens, particularly black citizens which they seem to struggle with doing considering they keep murdering them.”
She added that she didn’t care if police stopped patronizing the established as she would “much rather my black, latinx, Muslim, etc customers feel safe.”
When asked why she wrote “latinx” she said it was a “gender neutral term in lieu of Latino or Latina.”
Her rant caused other social media users to call for a boycott of the coffee shop.
In a statement on her own Facebook page her mother made it know that she disagreed with her daughter.
“My daughter is no longer in my employ. While I love her deeply, she made an appalling statement on her social media page with which I very much disagree,” Mele wrote.
“I truly believe spending time with an officer and ‘humanizing’ him or her is the most important step for her and for others who engage in this type of rhetoric,” she said.
Mele invited police to the store on Monday but they, along with regular customers, didn’t show.
“I don’t agree with what she said. It is not my opinion. I should never have been linked to my business and that’s where I parted ways with my daughter, in regards to the business,” she told the Item.
Now Mele is closing the business
“This is completely out of control,” she told the Item. “I just want to be left alone.”
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