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."
Cultiva fired the employee shortly after the altercation, according to a post by Sharon Grossman, one of the coffee shop's owners.
"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.https://journalstar.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/transgender-woman-fired-after-telling-conservative-activist-to-leave-coffee/article_3cd19c34-21f2-59f0-b49c-844438d786ed.html