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The owner of a San Francisco java joint has fired her husband from a construction job at her company for repeating a racial slur during a confrontation with a black man.

Eileen Rinaldi, who has operated Ritual Coffee Roasters since 2005, announced her husband’s termination in a lengthy Instagram post Tuesday, detailing the confrontation John Rinaldi had with a customer over a parking spot outside the company’s warehouse in May.

“He said that during the altercation, an individual called John a racial epithet,” Eileen recalled in the post. “John said he then made the horrible mistake of repeating the racial slur back to the individual, something that he never should have done.”

John Rinaldi, who ran an experimental bid for mayor in 2007, was overseeing a freelance construction project at the warehouse, but will no longer work for Ritual in any capacity, his wife said.

“Words have power – and the word he repeated is undoubtedly racist and harmful,” Eileen’s post continued. “To me, it means hate and dehumanization. I am thinking about and gutted by the unimaginable pain, anger, and trauma this word has caused throughout history and in every moment a white person uses it.”

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John Rinaldi, meanwhile, confirmed to the San Francisco Chronicle he used the epithet after a black man first called him the racial slur, saying he repeated it but then “immediately” regretted his actions.

“[He] asked me and I quote: ‘What’s your name, bitch ass n—–? To which I, unfortunately replied, ‘Yup, that’s my name. Bitch ass n—–,’” he wrote the newspaper in an email. “This was an unfortunate incident over a parking spot. I have apologized for repeating the derogatory word that was shouted at me. A word I never, ever use.”

The firing comes a year after the coffee shop’s employees launched an email campaign raising concerns about diversity, prompting Eileen Rinaldi to commit to “creating a better work environment” for employees of color.

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Eileen Rinaldi and managers called every employee following the May incident to “let them know that I’m welcoming and wanting to talk” with anyone who had questions or concerns over the incident, the Chronicle reported.

“Staff have shared with me that they are really happy with the results we have seen from our work, especially over the past year,” Eileen wrote the newspaper in an email.

The coffee shop owner acknowledged her prior “mistakes” without elaborating in her Instagram post, but said she’s committed to provide customers with an “anti-racist, inclusive and equitable” place for coffee.

“And I embrace that this work has no closure,” Rinadi’s Instagram post continued. “We need to work on it every month and year and for the life of the business.”

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Pop-Up Commonpoint Closet Shop In Queens Helping Those In Need Dress For That Big Interview

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – With the city opening up, many people are looking for jobs, but suiting up for work comes at a cost that may be tough for some.

A nonprofit in Queens is showing CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis how they’re helping people get ready for work for free.

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Among stores at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center is a new popup boutique called Commonpoint Closet.

It’s a place for Rahina Ahmed, who lost her job in the pandemic, to pick up donated professional attire for an upcoming interview.

“I’m so, so happy. I don’t even know how to express myself. Its just amazing to pick up things… for free, which is amazing,” Ahmed said.

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It’s a shop set up by Commonpoint Queens, the same nonprofit which connected Ahmed to her job interview through its new social service center in Elmhurst, called The Hub.

“Our services really exploded the last 16 months. both within what the need in Queens has been, as well as how many people in Queens were displaced from employment,” said Commonpoint Queens CEO Danielle Ellman.

Ellman says the goal of the organization is to break the barriers which often prevent people from getting a job.

“You don’t have to pick between your groceries this month and a suit for a job. You can feel like you’re on a level playing field, and you can feel like you have a dignified experience when you’re coming here,” Ellman said.

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And they’re helping many people get to the shop, too, with a bus doing pickups around Queens, and even high schools, to help teens in the Summer Youth Employment Programs get suited up for internships.

“We outfitted so many of those community members with their first suit ever,” Ellman said.

Shoppers will also be greeted by companies hiring.

“So not only can you shop for that perfect outfit for a job interview, but you might also be connected to a potential employer,” Ellman said.

One Queens resident named Maria is not only helping people pick out proper attire as a volunteer, but she’s getting items she needs – a win-win.

“It’s a great cause. I hope people really benefit from all these nice clothes. There’s lots of good things here,” Maria said.

Commonpoint Closet will be open through Friday, and they welcome anyone in need to come in and shop.

The real estate owners of the shopping center Cord Meyer provided the space to Commonpoint for the pop-up. You can register for your shopping experience or walk right in. For more information, CLICK HERE.

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