A man is under investigation for an alleged hate crime after he pooped on a gay pride flag outside a New York City restaurant last month in a display of heinousness so horrifying, it deserves its own level of criminality.
According to this, a (likely mentally ill) man was caught on surveillance footage on April 15 draping a rainbow flag over a chair before popping a squat and defecating on the fabric, just outside a Buceo 95’s restaurant at West 95th Street and Amsterdam Ave. The man then allegedly used another pride flag to wipe his rear before carving a smiley face into the mess.
Which, I think we can all agree, is pretty gross, and probably warrants at least some level of accountability. After all, smearing one's feces in public spaces isn't exactly on the up-and-up. What’s ridiculous, however, is that crapping on a piece of cloth somehow carries a level of seriousness greater than simply taking a dump in a restaurant’s flowerbed.
But, this is New York City, where criminal investigation often goes hand-in-hand with how marginalized a perp or his victim may be.
In this particular story, the rub seems to come from the fact that not only did this guy poop on the left's sacred flag, but that he did it outside a restaurant known for employing a large number of LGBTQ employees, including professional drag queens.
“It’s definitely a punch to the gut,” General Manager Nathan Nolen Edwards said, per New York Post. “We certainly haven’t experienced anything to this degree. A defecation on a pride flag is not the norm here.”
Apparently bereft of enough Subway assaults to look into and murders to solve, NYC police say they’re still looking for the dump-and-dasher and are now investigating the incident as more than just a guy defecating in public, a sight that’s become all too common on the streets of blue-controlled cities.
Just don’t use a pride flag as toilet paper - then you're basically a terrorist.
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