Last Monday, Nura Takkish and Malaak Ammari walked into an ice cream shop in Orange, California, but ended up having a taste of bigotry. A video posted to Twitter shows a man yelling, “I don’t want them in my country,” at the two women who were wearing head scarves, but his hateful remarks didn’t go down well with the owners of the shop.
Twitter user Palestina uploaded the video, which has since gone viral, receiving over 28,000 retweets and close to 30,000 likes.
‘Cynthia Ramsay and her husband Greg own Andrew’s Ice Cream. She said she gave the man his money back and asked him to leave when he continued to make racially charged comments.’
The owner and staff escorted the angry man outside of the store and refused to serve him while the two women enjoyed their ice cream, with one calmly calling the bigot a ‘racist.’
“You can’t be nice, we don’t want you here,” Cynthia can be heard saying in the video.
“Everybody should be loved and accepted. Everybody should be welcome here. This is a community hangout,” Cynthia Ramsay said afterwards. “How could anyone be so angry and hateful toward someone you’ve never even met?”
“After he left, the women came over and hugged me,” Cynthia said, according to the Orange County Register. “I told them there are bad apples in every barrel and not to judge all of us based on the actions of a few.”
“Most people are like those women so I don’t really look at it as a negative experience. I look at it as a very positive one,” Nura said.
The women wanted to show their appreciation for Andrew’s Ice Cream so they created an “Ice Cream & Unity” Facebook page to bring more business to the shop.
The page reads, in part:
‘Now we ask the Muslim community to demonstrate their appreciation for the owners’ prompt response to this incident of Islamophobia by joining us for some ice cream as we celebrate the principles of unity and solidarity shared between Muslims and other communities across the country.’
Palestina received one tweet reading, “You should try their bacon ice cream camel jockey.” His nasty remark earned him a reply.
The ladies then tweeted out the Yelp page for Andrews Ice Cream and the glowing reviews have poured in. One reads, in part, “I appreciate and support this place as they had a recent bout between a Trump supporter and a few Muslim customers whom Andrew’s staff escorted the bigot out of their shop. (see OC Weekly) LOVE WINS!!!”
Indeed, love always wins in the end. The bigot is now seen in a viral video and the business is doing well. As for the two women, they took the high road. The angry man will never find them there. Unfortunately.
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