Oakland coffee shop issues apology after pro-Palestine staffers block Jewish woman from entering restroom

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An Oakland-based coffee shop recently issued an apology after a video cropped up on social media of staffers apparently blocking a Jewish woman from using the restroom and spewing anti-Israel comments.

The video showing the incident was apparently removed by X account @StopAntisemites, at the request of the victim in the situation. However, the account stated that Farley’s Coffee — the business in question — issued an apology following the incident, claiming that they are currently in the process of “taking corrective action.” But it is still not clear if any of the employees involved in the debacle have been fired.

Fox News Digital reported that the Jewish woman recorded the coffee shop’s employees standing in front of the restroom door, asking her to leave the establishment. The employees apparently did not want the woman to record the graffiti scrawled inside the restroom, which equated fascism and Zionism. The staffers also accused the woman of “misgendering” an employee.

In the video, one employee told the woman, “We’ve given you all your food. You’ve eaten, you’re holding up s**t.”

However, the woman insisted that she wanted to go into the restroom. However, one employee claimed that the restaurant was private property, saying “I need you to leave.”

A second employee told the woman, “I know Israel loves taking private property and saying it’s their own, but you gotta head…”

The woman responded, “You’re not going to let me go into the restroom?”

One of the employees then claimed that the woman had misgendered one of them. The woman said that she “patroned” the location, insisting that she had a right to use the restroom.

The debacle continued until the woman was, eventually, allowed to enter the restroom.

Farley’s Coffee issued an apology on their Instagram page following the incident, writing: “Dear Valued Community, In response to the recent incident at our family-owned cafe, we want to offer an acknowledgement and a sincere apology. As context, hate speech graffiti was written in our bathroom. We do not support hate speech; this does not reflect our values. After a customer used the bathroom and wished to return to document the graffiti, they were initially denied access and then allowed to re-enter to document the graffiti.”

“The staff handled the situation poorly and we apologize for this error and the distress caused to the customer. We’ve taken corrective measures with our staff and removed the offensive graffiti. We’re not anti-Semitic; we value diversity and inclusivity. We’re committed to ongoing staff training for a safe and welcoming environment. Thank you for understanding that we are a small business doing our best to operate a community business in a difficult environment.”

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