Denver Coffeeshop Vandalized, Closed After Sign Goes Viral Online

Local coffeeshop chain Ink! Coffee put out a sandwich board sign that said “Happily gentrifying the neighborhood since 2014.” in a Denver neighborhood that’s gentrifying. A local writer and event organizer, Ru Johnson, tweeted a picture of it and people got really really mad.

Someone spray painted “white coffee” on the wall at ink! Coffee in Five Points and broke a window there in what appears to have been retaliation for a sign the business placed out front this week…

… The sign went viral on social media, motivating so many one-star reviews and angry posts on ink’s Facebook page Wednesday night that the coffee-shop chain shut down the review function.

The Aspen-born company apologized for the sign Wednesday, first with a short message on Twitter and Facebook and later with a longer statement from founder and CEO Keith Herbert. But many people made it clear they did not feel the responses, some of which cast the sign as a joke, were enough.

The news quickly traveled around the United States — even the New York Times reported on it. I later heard on Colorado Public Radio that the coffeeshop was closed for several days afterward as people protested outside it.

Read more about it at the Denver Post.

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Social Media Users Angry at United Airlines After It Bans Girls Wearing Leggings from Boarding

United Airlines has angered many — some calling the company sexist — after a story broke out about how two teenage girls were stopped from boarding a plane at the Denver International Airport. The reason? They were wearing leggings.

United Airlines has since clarified that the two passengers “were ‘pass travelers’ — people who are family or associates of United employees — and thus, as indirect or direct representatives of the company, must follow a dress code.”

Casual attire generally is allowed for pass travelers, according to Guerin, but the attire “of this particular pass rider did not meet the rules.” Flip flops are apparently another type of clothing that pass travelers are barred from wearing…

…The incident set off a firestorm on Twitter early Sunday after Shannon Watts, founder of the gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action, posted about the girls not being allowed to board.

Fueling the controversy were initial United tweets in response to Watts that lacked context in which the airline said it “shall have the right to refuse passengers if they are not properly clothed via our Contract of Carriage.”

Read more about it at the Denver Post.

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