A video posted by Melissa DePino of two black men getting arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia went viral this past week and sent social justice warriors into a nuclear meltdown. Along with the video, her original post stated “The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up. who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it`s never happened to us when we do the same thing.” Further posts from her state that people had been saying that there must be more to this story to which she replies “That assumption is a big part of the problem. It does happen. All the time. Just not to you and me. Believe it and speak up.” Her implication- they were arrested for being black.
Well, as usual, there is more to the story. According to a statement from the police commissioner, police were called after the men were asked to leave because they appeared to be loitering. The two men entered the Starbucks, sat down without ordering anything, and then later asked to use the bathroom. The employee informed them that the restroom was only for paying customers and then asked them to leave, which they refused to do. After being told police would be called they replied to the effect of- Go ahead and call the police. When police did arrive they also asked the men to leave, three different times. After refusing to do so they were ultimately arrested for trespassing.
It wasn`t until after the commissioner released his statement on the arrests that Melissa DePino updated her comments to reflect what really happened. She however tried to turn it into a social justice protest saying “Yes, the two men were asked to leave @Starbucks, as the Philly Police said in their statement, but they sat there peacefully and had the nerve to ask WHY they were being asked to leave. What counts as peaceful protest? Isn’t that what this is?!” The verdict- they were not arrested for being black, they were arrested for trespassing after politely being asked to leave several times.
In the end, Starbucks is a liberal progressive company. I do not support them so whatever comes of this is none of my concern. I do find it humorous that a liberal progressive company is getting a taste of their own medicine and are being accused of racism when it wasn`t there. This is the modus operandi the left has used against people and businesses that do not align with them ideologically and it`s good seeing them eat their own this time. Nevertheless it is rather disgusting that mass media took this fake story and made it national news before all the facts even came out. It shows just how sorry the state of our mass media is in wanting to push a narrative over factual reporting. What`s even more disgusting is that mass media ran with this fake story, yet ignore real racism and discrimination like the “No Whites Allowed Pool Party Hosted By Scripps College Latinx Group“.