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Muslim Somali Minnesota Teens Threatened With a Gun in McDonald’s Over Racial Slur

by in World on 22nd November, 2018

A social media post went viral recently after a group of Somali teens in a Minessotta Mcdonald’s were threatened with a gun by a white male. Investigators are in the process of reviewing the incident which occurred in Eden Prairie McDonald’s which was captured in a short video.

The teenagers were a mix of young men and women, some in hijabs. One teen  in the video approached the man, leading him to shove the teen,  and run for the door, before turning around and pulling out a gun on the teens. The teens in the video, jump back in shock crying out, “he has a gun.”

 The shocking video has made the rounds on social media, causing controversy. Not only has the gunman been called out for the horrific threat, but the manager of the fast-food chain in Minnesota has also been called into question for how she handled the incident, she expressed loudly that everyone should leave,“I don’t give a fuck. Get out of my store, now!” Kicking out the teens shortly after even though there was a high risk they would be subject to danger outside where the gunman had moved to. However, another customer intervened, admonishing the manager for sending the kids outside after someone just pulled a gun on them. “Don’t send them out there when the dude just pulled a fucking gun on them,” one man says. “You better call the fucking cops, is what you gotta do.”
Reports that have circulated suggest, the manager posted a statement claiming “Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our customers and employees,” the statement said. The online community expressed their outrage for the incident, calling law enforcement to do more.

According to an eyewitness, 16-year-old Farida Osman who was one of the teens threatened, she reported to Buzzfeed that another employee of the fast food conglomerate told the group the man, “pulled out the gun for a reason” causing the teens to have suspicion to believe the attack was racially motivated. Osman told news website Muslim girl that a friend was attempting to pay for her order with Apple Pay when the white man said, “You’re probably using EBT” – a form of welfare.  She immediately turned to him and said, “Just because I’m black, doesn’t mean I use EBT,” Osman recounted. The argument escalated as both parties went back and forth, not long before her friends came to her aid. Osman believes the man profiled her and her friends in the brief exchange between them. To which she went on to explain how often incidents of this nature have occurred.

The perpetrator was reported to be a 55-year-old resident of Eden Prairie, who has recently been charged with probable cause on secondary assault. The Eden Prairie Police Department, according to Huffpost, said on Tuesday that it was investigating the “disorderly conduct” as a result of a 911 call being made from Mcdonalds.

The teen made the following statement:

“I think it’s because we were black and Muslim, I’ve had people being racist towards me before, but I’ve never had a gun pulled on me until now.”  “Usually people brush it aside,” she said. “They look at our skin color and the hijab and say, ‘What does that matter? I’m so thankful that one man was there,” Farida added, referring to the customer who intervened as the store manager tried to force them out. “I feel like if he wasn’t there, we would have had to leave; they would’ve called the cops on us. We’re children because white adults so frequently need to be reminded of this when facing black and brown kids. If the good guy who helped us wasn’t there to help us, we would’ve been kicked out and we could’ve been shot. At the end of the day, it’s a group of black people against the managers,” Farida continued. “That’s why I took the video, so if something happened, we could be taken seriously.”

McDonald’s has not given a public statement on the incident.

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