FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A Conway coffee shop apologized over the weekend after a white supremacist meeting was held in the business.
Mean Bean Cafe said an employee asked if the business could host a meeting for a “conservative group.” The owners questioned their employee in great detail about the group, and the employee said no “extremist or other hateful views would be exchanged.”
As the owners left town for the weekend, Billy Roper, identified by Southern Poverty Law Center as a neo-Nazi, and others held their meeting. Anti-racist Facebook page Boston Mountains ARA posted pictures of the meeting.
The company said when it learned of the meeting, it fired the employee and posted an apology on Facebook.
The apology read in part, “We are appalled that the employee hijacked our business to provide a platform for hate and we absolutely denounce it and all forms of hate. Steps have been taken to insure this does not happen again, and the employee has been fired.”
The apology has been filled with angry comments.