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    Leftist DC coffee shop attacks pro-Israel customer, Al Jazeera jumps on board

    Leftist DC coffee shop attacks pro-Israel customer, Al Jazeera jumps on board

    Progressive and proud DC coffee shop Busboys and Poets, housed in a modern McDevelopment on the city’s NW side, turns out to be pretty thin-skinned when its customers balk at their politics.

    Server Nuria Kalifa-Jackson, wearing an anti-Israel shirt produced by CodePink, received a 10% tip instead of a 15%, which her customer informed her of on the bill, citing the t-shirt as the reason. The shirt the customer objected to reads: “Occupation Isn’t Pretty” and “Don’t Buy Ahava.”

    The customer, who also left behind a brochure for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Their note to the server read:

    Displaying your political beliefs on your shirt cost you a % of your tip.

    Busboys & Poets posted a picture of the customer’s note on their facebook wall, attacking them:


    Then Al Jazeera picked up on the story, writing that “AIPAC supporters undertip waitress for her anti-occupation t-shirt.”

    Ahava is an Israeli skincare company, and the shirt advocates a sort of protest-capitalism wherein those who agree with the message refrain from buying their product.

    Busboys & Poets — and Al Jazeera, are objecting to a customer’s decision to refrain from giving the full discretionary tip they might have.


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    As we know, the ugly face of racism, hatred and bigotry cannot be hidden with a Tee shirt or by being made popular.

    Where’s the SPLC? Is this person on their hate watch list? Or is this girl the poster girl for “justifiable hate”?

    Busboys and Poets? Is there some hidden connection? Are all busboys secretly poets? Are all poets secretly busboys?
    In the words of the distinguished and [fortunately] former SecState H. R. Clinton, “What does it matter?”
    The waitress busboy, poet or whatever she was wore a tee shirt that was offensive to a customer and the customer exercised his right to disagree.
    Case dismissed. Next case.

    we should boycott jordan until they fix this palestine issue.

      n.n in reply to dmacleo. | March 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      I agree and disagree. The Palestinians were forcefully ejected from Jordan following a failed coup. I would consider an act of treason to be sufficient cause for their immediate deportation. It’s just unfortunate that the problem was left unaddressed and rather shifted into another backyard.

    David Gerstman | March 10, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I first saw this a few days ago on Twitter.
    So she wore a Code Pink t-shirt when she knew that AIPAC was in town. My one question is why anyone from AIPAC would patronize such an establishment. Still if she chose to wear her politics on her sleeve, she should have the guts to pay the price for it.

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