A barista in Queensland, Australia took to Facebook to defend her manager against a racist customer who said she "refused to be served by a black person." Her post has gone viral, likely driving business to the shop and proving that sometimes love does triumph over bigotry.

Josie Ajak, the manager, says a woman entered her coffee shop last week and refused to be served by her because she's black. The woman, who was in a wheelchair, then demanded: "Get me a white lady."

SAY WHAT NOW? Ajack responded with an astounding level of tolerance, and just kept doing her job. “[I told her] ‘that’s fine’, with a smile, and she moved aside, waiting for a white person," she told Buzzfeed News. "I told my staff that she is racist and that we won’t be serving her, while I continued serving other customers with a smile.”

Eventually the racist woman left angrily, without a coffee. Good.

Later that day, Ajak’s co-worker Jade Arevalo posted to Facebook about the interaction. "Josie is one of the most kind and friendly people you could meet but irrespective of her character, she did not deserve to be excluded like this," she wrote.


You can read the full post here:

To the woman who recently visited Gloria Jeans in Central for coffee and refused to be served by Josie because of the...

Posted by Jade Arevalo on Saturday, October 8, 2016

She also pointed out that the racist customer "travels in a wheelchair and could quite possibly understand a life made difficult by others assuming less of her."​ The post has been shared hundreds of times and received over a thousand comments, many of them offering their support to Josie. Others have tweeted their support of the coffee shop with the hashtag #buyacoffeefromjosie.


Josie responded a few days later with a post thanking people for their support.

I would like to thank every kind soul who has shown me love and support since I was the target of racial discrimination...

Posted by Josie Ajak on Monday, October 10, 2016

"To everybody who has ever been refused service because of their skin colour, this is for you," she wrote. "There is absolutely no room for racism anywhere in the world!"

There is a lesson to be learned here: don't be a racist jerk. Not to anyone. And especially not to the people tasked with serving you coffee, who are the under appreciated heroes of this world.

Sources: Facebook | Buzzfeed News