Two students were kicked out of a coffee shop at Fordham University last week for violating a “safe space” with their “Make America Great Again” hats.
Video uploaded by Campus Reform shows a coffee shop manager screaming at two patrons telling them they have five minutes to leave the shop.
“Five minutes, five minutes, get out — five minutes,” the manger told the students with the “MAGA” hats. According to Campus Reform, both students are members of Fordham’s College Republicans club.
“You have no right to do any of this,” one of the students replied. The manager argued that she did in order to “protect” her customers.
“I don’t want people like you supporting this club…no one here wants people like you supporting our club. I am giving you five minutes,” she said. “You are threatening the integrity of our club. This is a community standard — you are wearing hats that completely violate safe space policy.”
The manager said the hats — and President Donald Trump — represent fascism and Nazism. But when the students refuted that, she simply told them “three minutes.”
Watch the tense exchange:
The coffee shop — Rodrigue’s Coffee House — is a student-run organization on campus, according to Campus Reform. The club has adopted a safe space policy and is intent on enforcing it.
During the exchange with the “MAGA” hat students, the manager handed them the policy. It reads:
Rodrigue’s strives to be a safer space on Fordham’s campus. For these reasons, consider the following:
Do not make assumptions about someone’s gender, sexuality, race, class, or experiences. Be aware of your own identity, while being considerate of the personhood of your peers. Be mindful of the ways in which your words and actions impact others. Be aware of the boundaries of other’s space, physical or otherwise, and respect their consent. No racism – No sexism – No homophobia.
If you feel that someone has transgressed this policy, we want you to feel comfortable confronting them or approaching a member behind the counter, who is available as a resource to assist you.