Social media has been known to get people in sticky situations, but usually it's at least the person's own post that causes the trouble. For Kato Mele, owner of the White Rose Coffeehouse in Lynn, Massachusetts, it was her daughter's post that had people calling for a boycott of her business.
“Citizens do not need to humanize police officers, police need to humanize citizens, particularly black citizens, which they seem to struggle with doing, considering they keep murdering them,” she reportedly wrote.
In response to the backlash, Mele fired her daughter and issued a public apology to law enforcement. The letter, which was posted on The Daily Item, clarified that the views of the former manager were not shared by the establishment and expressed her gratitude for the strength and bravery of the work officers do every day.
She invited any and all officers to come to her shop on Monday, or “anytime,” to help the establishment “make amends.” But according to The Daily Item, no one showed.
On Wednesday, after a few days of intense media scrutiny and a television crew appearing in her driveway, Mele decided to close the one-year-old coffee shop.
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