On Tuesday, a man was caught on video berating employees and customers of a Fresh Kitchen in Manhattan, saying…
“If they have the balls to come here and live off my money, I pay for their welfare. I pay for their ability to be here. The least they can do … is speak English.”
He even threatened to call ICE. If his assumption was correct that, though there are an estimated 57.5 million Spanish-speaking Americans, these particular workers were undocumented, his assertion that he would be paying for the benefits of someone who is undocumented is incorrect, because undocumented immigrants do not receive government benefits.
Here’s a video of the whole incident.
The internet went to work and identified the man as a Manhattan lawyer named Aaron Schlossberg. It turns out he has a history of these bizarre xenophobic and nativist rants.
There’s this 2017 video of him yelling at Jewish people who support the creation of a Palestinian state:
And this 2016 video in which popular YouTuber Willie Morris told of an encounter he had with Schlossberg on the street:
Yes, Schlossberg decided that Morris was a “foreigner” and accosted him on 5th Avenue. Morris was born in Massachusetts and is, in fact, an American citizen.
Morris immediately made the connection when the recent video went viral:
People thought there was a certain symmetry at work:
Yeah sometimes karma is slow but it always catches up— Willie Morris (@MoreWillie) May 17, 2018
Willie, thanks for posting this. It's trending everywhere. 1M view soon. Also, happy karma is serving him well.— Nabeel (@nabeeltalks) May 17, 2018
For sure! never imagined 2 years later, the guy would strike again and the internet would drag him.— Willie Morris (@MoreWillie) May 17, 2018
Others were just shocked:
Omg Willie! I am speechless. But look, you have receipts!— Hannah Sampson (@hannahbsampson) May 17, 2018
Omg I remember him!! ?— Chanel Perez (@chanel5essence) May 17, 2018
Dude. That’s crazy!!!— Jefferson Bethke (@JeffersonBethke) May 17, 2018
Just watched your old Vlog about this a-hole ! Wild stuff man. Be well.— Luke Wessman (@LukeWessman) May 17, 2018
But most people just couldn’t understand Schlossberg’s state of mind:
That is the same dude. What a sad human being. Don’t know what his parents think of who they’re raised for a person. Some people are just sad angry lonely pathetic people.— wilson k (@wilsonkriegel) May 16, 2018
His parents know who they’ve raised. Research shows that hatred is a taught behavior.— Army Vet (@ArmyVet5) May 17, 2018
The man has serious issues. He is going to deal with the wrong person one day if he keeps harassing people.— MusicMakesMe (@JenJen2182) May 17, 2018
I cant believe he keeps doing this for god knows how many years. This is disturbing— Rahma (@bon_bon222) May 17, 2018
Worried about the stress the publicity may be causing Schlossberg?
Heh heh heh pic.twitter.com/EmPol83m22— We The Purple (@AlexNoelPeraza) May 17, 2018
A mariachi band is sure to cheer him right up.