This happened yesterday on 2nd ST in Old City Philly WHERE I WORK!! My friend Liz, the blonde in front of the man with the gun, was standing up for the young black man who only had A BIKE LOCK!!! We need answers!! @FOX29philly @6abc @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/iRBUEHxO7W
— Dj Torney ♛ (@Dj__Torney) July 6, 2020
Not all Karens are women. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, a man on a bicycle stopped to yell at patrons outside a local bar yesterday in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia for what he considered to be insufficient social distancing and a conspicuous lack of masks.
It was a dispute typical of America in the pandemic — until one of the men sitting nearby, local bar owner Jamie Atlig, stood up as if to fight. [Customer Liz] Krieger and another woman rushed to position themselves in between them.
According to Krieger, the man with the bike shouted something about “MAGA privilege,” while Atlig shouted “Trump 2020!” That’s when Atlig pulled a gun, and Krieger said she saw the Black man freeze at the sight, then pull out his bike lock in self defense.
Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed.
In seconds, Atlig, owner of Infusion Lounge nearby, had put away his gun. And the other man, whom Krieger didn’t know, picked up his bike and rode off.
When reached for comment, Atlig referred all questions to his lawyer, Robert Gamburg, who confirmed that it was his client who is seen in the video pulling the gun on the passerby. Gamburg said the pedestrian was being “confrontational” with guests at the lounge and “was engaging in threatening behavior, menacing behavior.”
Atlig reportedly has a concealed carry permit and the incident is under police investigation.