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.
@McDonalds is this what you stand for? We were just trying to order when this man said racist remarks, claimed to b… https://t.co/ifprKRq2AZ— farida (@farida)1542682211.0
Another employee then tried to intervene and get the teens to leave.
After yelling you also add “if he pulled out a gun it’s for a reason”. There should be no reason that a man pulled… https://t.co/GXBhJar1yz— farida (@farida)1542682305.0
The reactions on social media were a mix of shock and...not so shocked.
@snatchingedgess @McDonalds it seems like y’all will hire anybody , this is DISGUSTING and the fact the manager wou… https://t.co/nrGup0CvcE— Avayha bell (@Avayha bell)1542750619.0
@avayha_bell @snatchingedgess @McDonalds This McDonalds does hire anybody! I lived in area and this was the McDonal… https://t.co/V0LN0s1R6w— Debbie Jensen (@Debbie Jensen)1542773446.0
@snatchingedgess Respect to that white dude for being the voice of reason— Sahra 🎗 (@Sahra 🎗)1542805977.0
@snatchingedgess Thank you to the man who stood up to the manager for those kids we need more people like that in this world!!!— Tanya Edwards (@Tanya Edwards)1542804613.0
Some felt this is exactly what a "good guy with a gun" looks like.
@snatchingedgess First conceal and carry is real. If there are multiple people coming towards this individual he is… https://t.co/Vpt1dpQwnv— Tim Wimer (@Tim Wimer)1542809374.0
@rec_less1 @snatchingedgess I agree...It sounds like from the beginning it was very chaotic and the teenagers (not… https://t.co/7L3ZSp6ZmY— Sandra Clark (@Sandra Clark)1542812906.0
@snatchingedgess The perfect example of use of a firearm! He used it to extricate himself from a hostile situation, no one was shot.— David B. Ogden (@David B. Ogden)1542808333.0
Some were surprised the second employee wasn't more understanding toward the teens.
@snatchingedgess Wait? Is he Latino? You would *think* he would be more understanding.— Crabby since 11/9/16 (@Crabby since 11/9/16)1542772954.0
@nwebster1962 @snatchingedgess Nah. I grew up around Hispanics, the anti-blackness among some of them is very real.— All Right Meow (@All Right Meow)1542774669.0
@Imnotbovvered @snatchingedgess I guess I was just looking at it as him being a POC who might relate to the experie… https://t.co/WV6bf6h9o4— Crabby since 11/9/16 (@Crabby since 11/9/16)1542775306.0
@nwebster1962 @snatchingedgess I understand that. Just know that A large chunk of Hispanics self identify as Caucas… https://t.co/qntcnEC95z— All Right Meow (@All Right Meow)1542776943.0
The videos are going viral on social media and people are expressing a range of emotions.
My sisters are visibly Muslim women...this could have been them. My heart is in my stomach. This hate is because of… https://t.co/37tteoXT85— StanceGrounded (@StanceGrounded)1542748628.0
@_SJPeace_ Love that hero who stood up for them! Thank you, sir! You are a hero. 😍😍😍👏👏👏👏👏👏👏— Terry Turner (@Terry Turner)1542765067.0
@_SJPeace_ Not for nothing but isn't #McDonalds supposed to be a "Safe Place" site. Any youth in crisis can walk in… https://t.co/ppi9Za1wGQ— Erika Reed (@Erika Reed)1542782125.0
Are Americans getting too used to shootings?
@_SJPeace_ @davrosz I don't understand how a guy pulling out a gun doesn't freak everyone out in that McDonalds? Ma… https://t.co/59b950HApd— Belleo (@Belleo)1542805864.0
Police are investigating the incident but have yet to make any arrests.