Muslim teenager Farida Osman posted a disturbing video to her Twitter account showing an outrageous scene at a local McDonald's in her hometown of Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
In the video, a middle-aged white man appears to show a gun to a group of Somalian-American teenagers in the restaurant before fleeing. The manager, a white woman, then comes over and begins screaming for the teenagers to get out. It is only when another white man steps in and scolds the manager does she calm down and return behind the counter.
The scene as it plays out on the video is chaos but Osman explained to BuzzFeed how it built up. It seems to have started with a slow transaction and the gun-wielding man growing impatient while he waited in line.
She describes the events, saying:
"He was being kind of aggressive. [Another customer said] Sir, we're all waiting for our dinner.
"After that, the manager who was taking our order said, 'If you guys can't pay with Apple Pay, we'll have to cancel it and move on to the next person,' and we stepped back in line."
That's when the man showed his racism — and classism — by implying the teens were using an EBT card (food stamps).
"Jihan said, 'Just because I'm black does not mean I use EBT.' Basically after that, he was trying to say, 'You do use EBT,' and Jihan was saying, 'No I don't,' and telling him to stop being racist. He was basically saying, 'Shut the fuck up, don't fucking talk to me. I started getting in between the argument, saying, 'You shouldn't be saying that. He started walking towards Amal and Jihan and started screaming at her and at this point when I tried to get my phone out to start recording, he backed away."
As things grew heated, some of the other teens came over to see what was going on. When the man saw the others, he pushed one boy out of the way and then flashed or pulled out his gun. The teens scattered as the man exited. That is when the manager of the restaurant came over and started yelling for everyone to get out.
A customer nearby pointed out the man with the gun was outside and she couldn't send the kids out.
Another employee then tried to intervene and get the teens to leave.
The reactions on social media were a mix of shock and...not so shocked.
Some felt this is exactly what a "good guy with a gun" looks like.
Some were surprised the second employee wasn't more understanding toward the teens.
The videos are going viral on social media and people are expressing a range of emotions.
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Police are investigating the incident but have yet to make any arrests.