Earlier this week, a woman in a Palo Alto Starbucks tried to dox an elderly man sitting enjoying his coffee whilst wearing a MAGA hat. She confronted him over his hat and started posting threatening messages on social media hoping that he would have ‘nowhere to turn to’.
She called the man “Nazi scum” and posted pictures of him on social media asking the public for help finding him — “I want him to have nowhere to hide,” she wrote — a practice called “doxing,” or posting personal contact information to encourage threats and harassment.
“I am going to publicly shame him in town and try to get him fired and kicked out of every club he is in. I am going to go to his house march up and down carrying a sign that says he hates black people. I am going to organize protests where he works to make him feel as unsafe as he made every brown person he met today.”
People sided with the senior though, and Palo Alto resident Ms Rebecca Parker Mankey, started to see that the era of ‘doxing’ MAGA-gear wearers is over.
In the end, her frantic social media outbursts caused people to turn against her. By now, she has been fired by her employer, Gryphon Stringed Instruments, a store that was inundated with angry emails, phone calls and negative yelp reviews.
On Gryphon’s Facebook page, the company said: “Gryphon does not believe anyone should be harassed or subject to hate speech no matter their beliefs. Music has historically been something that has brought people of diverse socio-political backgrounds together.”
“We would like to make it clear that the opinions expressed and actions taken by the employee are not indicative of how we conduct ourselves at the shop and we hope we can continue to serve our customers across the country respectfully and universally as we have done for nearly 50 years.”