This coffee shop can pour you a cup and shut down racism.My best friend works in retail. Every time I see her, she has a new, crazy customer story to tell. It doesn't matter where you work. If you're exposed to the general public, you're going to encounter something weird at some point. At a coffee shop in Australia, when one customer got offensive, the coffee shop's dream team united and turned to Facebook to share their story!
Josie Ajak works at Gloria Jeans, a coffee shop in Australia. She moved from South Sudan with her family when she was eight years old. While working the cash register during a rush hour, Ajak was shocked when an elderly woman refused to give Ajak her order.
This elderly woman approached the counter in a wheelchair and I greeted her as I would anyone else. She just looked at me and said, 'I refuse to be served by a black person, can you get me a white lady?'After asking the woman to step aside, Ajak informed her that they would not be serving her any coffee today. She described this customer to her friend, Jade Arevalo, who then turned to Facebook to rally support.
The response was magical. Soon enough the hashtag #BuyACoffeeFromJosie was trending online. Then on Tuesday, her co-workers wore shirts reading "No time for racism" while customers were encouraged to leave kind words on cardboard signs around the store.
Ajak posted on Instagram:
I have been so inundated with so many beautiful messages from both friends and complete strangers that have left me feeling so blessed to be who I am.Who knew that coffee shop baristas would be the next superheroes to arrive on the scene? I don't know about you, but Josie's story and her co-workers' positive response restores faith in humanity. Even in a world with Donald Trump all over television, there is still hope.
H/T: ABC, Mashable