At a Mexican restaurant, a young man was assaulted by a fellow diner, all because of the hat he was wearing offended his assailant. And if that isn’t enough, the assailant is saying SHE was the actual victim.
Bryton Turner, 23, was at a local Mexican restaurant, in the state of Massachusetts minding his own business and trying to enjoy his meal, when a fellow patron, Rosiane Santos, 41-years-old, came over and began to harass the young man. The reason for the harassment was stated to have been that Santos took issue with the MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat that Turner was at the time wearing.
In a video, caught on a cell phone by Turner, and then obtained by WFXT-TV, Santos is shown as she approaches, and then gets in his face and begins to berate him over the MAGA hat he is wearing. As if the verbal assault wasn’t enough, Santos is shown to physically take a swing at Turner and knock the cap off of his head.
A bartender at the restaurant, Geo Macarao, confirmed that Turner was indeed minding his own business, enjoying his meal, when Santos chose to take it upon herself to approach him. “He just walked in and ordered his food,” Macarao stated.
The police were then called, and when they arrived, Santos stated that Turner should not be able to wear such an offensive hat into a Mexican restaurant. While being detained, and escorted out of the restaurant, Santos takes the opportunity for another swipe at Turner’s when exiting the door. Turner said of the situation: “She just tried to grab my hat in front of four officers—not smart.”
A Brazilian immigrant, Santos claimed that in fact she was the victim in a later statement, and stated to law enforcement that she found Turner's Trump hat upsetting. Having admitted that she may very well have had too much to drink, Santos went on to say: "He's not a victim. I am the victim. I have been bullied, OK?"
It would seem that her having been bullied defense was about her opinion that as an immigrant she felt she has been discriminated against and thought she had to stand up for herself. Her idea of standing up for herself, was for herself to become a bully and attack a young man over his choice of hate to wear.
Santos was subsequently arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, as well as charges of assault and battery.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Was Santos justifiable in thinking she could dictate what someone else does and does not wear in the form of a hat?