The White Rose Coffee Shop in Lynn, Massachusetts just went out of business. Why? Because the manager there went on a hateful anti-police rant on Facebook. She labeled them as racists, bullies and murderers. That manager of the coffee shop has now been fired, but that’s only the beginning of this story. As you can imagine, the backlash was extreme. The owner is Kato Mele and the manager was her daughter, Sophie, age 23. In one day, she lost her daughter and her business.
The first thing that caught my attention was the name of the business. White Rose was a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany. They were led by a group of students and a professor at the University of Munich. The group conducted an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign which called for active opposition to the Nazi regime. They faced show trials by the Nazi People’s Court and many of them were sentenced to death or imprisonment. Mele opened her business just about a year ago when President Trump was running for the presidency. A cynical person would see a connection there.
Sophie wrote on her Facebook page on October 13th that the White Rose Coffeehouse would never host a “Coffee with a Cop.” She also referred to officers as “bullies.” She then added, “I am adamantly anti-police.” Do tell. Sophie then called police “racists.” She went on to post that officers “uphold an unjust system and murder without consequence.” That stream of invective did not sit well with the police or the good people of Lynn. The response online was intense. Some called Mele’s daughter an “anarchist child” with a “deep hatred for cops.” Sounds about right to me.
The daughter also said that she didn’t want police officers in the shop because it would make her “black, Latinx, and Muslim customers feel unsafe.” She suggested that a “meet an ex-con” event would be much better for the community. This chick is a racist, cop-hating moron. Her mother also suggested that it was a minor mistake and said that it was a young person acting out of emotion. That it was a moment of learning. Uh no… and it’s going to be a lot longer than a ‘moment of learning’. That’s going to last awhile.
Mele claims that people are threatening her daughter’s life and harassing her. “They’re on there saying they hope my daughter dies and that they hope someone assaults her and the police won’t help.” If true, that is wrong as well and should be denounced vehemently. After firing her daughter, Mele wrote an apology to the Lynn police officers. She says that is not her opinion and that her daughter’s comments are “distasteful, biased and hateful.” But then she turned around and said that although she doesn’t agree with her daughter, she has a right to her opinion. She does… as hateful as it is. But she also has a right to face the consequences of it.
Mele invited police officers for coffee the next Monday at the coffee shop. Although the officers accepted her apology, they did not show and neither did her clientele. “I don’t agree with what she said. It is not my opinion,” Mele said. “It should never have been linked to my business and that’s where I parted ways with my daughter, in regards to the business.” Regardless of her efforts to repair the damage, it didn’t work. Mele said she was closing down her coffee shop “so I can stop being harassed.”
“I would just say that my daughter had every right to say something as stupid as she said, every American has the right to say something as stupid as she said,” Mele said. “I’d say that I’ve just had enough. I’m exhausted. I love my daughter, and I want to heal my daughter and my relationship.” The last straw was the media showing up in her driveway. Looking for sympathy here. Nope, fresh out. You have to wonder how the girl was brought up to behave this way. Actions have consequences and this one was a doozy.