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Business at Portland Cafe Increases After Police Officer Asked to Leave

June 08, 2010  | 

Showing a policeman the door turned out -- inadvertently -- to be a good business decision for the Red and Black Cafe in Southeast Portland.

The vegan establishment was deluged with customers in the two days after news came out last week that one of the co-owners had served coffee to a Portland police officer, then kicked him out.

"We had a couple of really busy days over the weekend," said John Langley,  the co-owner who served Officer James Crooker and asked him to leave. "We had two $1,100 days, which is maybe double a typical day."

The story sparked a fiery response, with national coverage and about 600 comments posted on Oregonlive.com. Along with a boost in customers, the cafe has received five threats of arson and other violence.

Many people also expressed outrage at Langley's treatment of Crooker, who's received an outpouring of support on the streets.

All that after buying a quick coffee on May 18. Crooker was walking out of the cafe when he was approached by a customer, Cornelia Seigneur, who said she appreciated the work of Portland police. Langley, who was watching, said seeing a uniformed officer in the cafe made him uncomfortable. So he went up and asked Crooker to leave, which he did.

Read Full Story at OregonLive.com


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jcellis @ 6/8/2010 5:26 PM

What a moron!This whole thing reminds me of a bad joke from the 60's.Remember this one? If you hate the police,the next time you
need help call a hippie.I guess if customers of the Red and Black Cafe
need help,they'll call Langley.That's not a comforting thought,is it?

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