Wash. bikini barista stand faces boycott for cyber-bullying
ANACORTES, Wash. - A bikini barista stand is at the center of an ugly war of words that's raising the issue of cyber-bullying, a potential lawsuit, and a public outcry to boycott the stand.
The drama started with a Facebook post on Sips Ahoy coffee stand's business page. The post made fun of a customer's weight, and Meghan Calavan, the woman who runs Sips Ahoy, said in a Facebook comment that she posted it because the woman was rude to her.
Jesseka Cladek is a relative to the woman in Meghan's post, and admits she let loose with an insulting comment in response.
"To see such vulger, disgusting posts about my family. I don't let anybody mess with my family like that," Jesseka said.
Jesseka called the stand a "run down whore house," which sparked a social media fire storm on the Facebook page that has now been removed.
But before the posts were removed, a "Boycott Sips Ahoy" Facebook page sprung up, posting screen shots of all the negative comments about Jesseka made by Meghan and her father Kelly Calavan.
"Your worthless save world hunger by shooting yourself :) the rest of the world would like to eat also," Meghan wrote.
In another post, Kelly says, "She's a huge fat (expletive) that no one would want to see in a bikini. She is just jealous of you beautiful fine lady's!!. She looks like a fat pugsly Addams!!!"
The negative comments entered dangerous territory, said Jesseka, adding that the comments amount to harrassament and is why her family has hired an attorney.
"When you use those words, you know, 'go shoot yourself', or 'the world would be a better place if you were dead.' If you don't shoot yourself, there will be more to come," Jesseka said.
Jessica said those words cut deep because bullying is what led to a childhood friend's suicide.
An apology was posted by Meghan, but Jesseka noted that hasn't stopped Meghan from hurling more insulting words.
"If you were sorry, why would you continue to do that?" Jesseka asked.
Requests to speak with managers from Sips Ahoy were not returned, and an employee at the stand could not reach anyone on the phone.
The "Boycott Sips Ahoy" Facebook page is calling for a boycott of the coffee stand, and has become a battlefield for continuing comments by the community.