Around 4:30 p.m. today, Jorge de Cárdenas was getting some work done in a Starbucks on South Dixie Highway near the University of Miami. A group of people stood waiting in line at the counter for their coffee and snacks.
But one disgruntled white customer got so upset at how long his order was taking that he began screaming "Trump!" at a black employee. The man then claimed "anti-white discrimination" was to blame for his delayed coffee, called another employee "garbage," and threatened to punch somebody.
"He said it was 'anti-white discrimination,'" Cárdenas says, "so he started disparaging the staff. One patron called him an asshole, so he said, 'Fuck you, bitch.' That's when I started filming."
Cárdenas whipped out his phone to take a video just as the man called the black employee "trash," demanded his money back, and started shouting, "I voted for Trump! Trump! You lost, now give me my money back," at the staff:
In the clip, the man then walks up to the black Starbucks employee and calls her "trash" yet again before asking for her name so he can report her to Starbucks management.
"What is your name?" he asked. "What is your name? I want your card. You are garbage. You are complete trash."
One patron then got particularly offended at the man's comments.
"Come on," the customer says. "There's no need to talk like that. You want to talk like that, take it outside. But do not talk to other people that way."
The two men then engaged in a war of words for a full minute in the middle of the store.
Cárdenas says the two men "almost came to blows." In the clip, the angry white dude threatens to "punch out" the other guy before storming out.
Though relatively innocuous, the ordeal in a Miami coffee shop mirrors a frightening trend nationwide: People of color across America have reported a rash of hate crimes since Donald Trump's victory eight days ago. A significant portion of the hate crimes have been directed toward Muslims. During Trump's 60 Minutes interview over the weekend, even Trump himself asked perpetrators to "stop it," though his appointment of the racist-enabling strategist Stephen Bannon makes his plea sound somewhat hollow.
"The funny thing, besides just the concept of 'anti-white discrimination,' is just yelling 'Trump!' for no reason," Cárdenas says. "Like, dude, you won."
Update 11/17: The man in the clip, David Sanguesa, spoke to New Times today. He said he "should not have gotten upset," but stuck by his claims of racial and anti-Trump discrimination.
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