An altercation between a transgender woman who worked at a Lincoln, Nebraska coffee shop and a conservative woman escalated into a public verbal brawl, that left the transgender woman jobless.
A transgender woman lost her job Wednesday after telling an employee of the Nebraska Family Alliance she was no longer welcome at a Lincoln coffee shop.
The story, told through varying social media accounts and interviews, started after Marilyn Synek, a communications specialist for the Nebraska Family Alliance, said she was told to leave Cultiva Coffee because of her political beliefs.
“This morning, I was asked to leave Cultiva Coffee and never come back because of my conservative (principles),” wrote Synek, a University of Nebraska at Kearney alum who has interned for Sen. Deb Fischer and Rep. Adrian Smith.
Synek said she stops in Cultiva once a week and has never worn anything political in the store or broadcast her conservative political beliefs.
According to her post, the employee said she recognized Synek and started berating her, calling her “bigoted trash.”
“You are not f – – -ing wanted in our restaurant, so get out and don’t come back,” Synek recalled the employee telling her. “If you do try to come back, we will all refuse any service to you.”
Reached later, Synek said while the woman raised her voice and spoke “very passionately,” she did not physically threaten Synek.
“It was packed and the other customers turned to watch,” Synek said. “It was pretty humiliating.” [Lincoln Journal Star]
The coffee shops owner fired her employee shortly after the altercation and offered an apology that she posted online.
“We do not condone this behavior and never have,” Grossman wrote. “Our sincere apologies to anyone who had to witness this incident.”
Synek’s noontime post quickly went viral, collecting 100 comments before 3 p.m., and the story was picked up by conservative media elsewhere, leading to several negative reviews on the restaurant’s Yelp and Facebook pages. [Lincoln Journal Star]
However, angry liberals took to Yelp and Facebook to leave negative comments about the establishment, and the coffee shop fielded angry calls for most of the day.
The “woman” who lost her job discussed the matter on social media, and admitted the conservative woman did nothing to provoke the attack.
The coffee shop also fielded “threatening phone calls and nasty emails” after the incident, its owners said.
Natalie Weiss, who worked at the coffee shop for a little more than a year before she was fired, wrote in her own Facebook post late Wednesday morning she confronted Synek for her work with the Nebraska Family Alliance, which opposes pro-LGBTQ legislation and city ordinances, as well as Synek’s work for Sen. Ben Sasse’s campaign.
Weiss said Synek did not do or say anything to prompt the confrontation.
“Nebraskans like myself do lose our jobs, and sometimes our living arrangements, because of who we are, and people like the Nebraska Family Alliance are why,” wrote Weiss, who identified herself as transgender. [Lincoln Journal Star]
Once again, this is a classic example of a liberal attacking a conservative simply because of their beliefs.
If we don’t “celebrate” the LGBTQ lifestyle to its fullest, we will be labeled bigots, and thrown out of coffee shops.
My, how very tolerant and loving of them.
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