Seattle Ice Cream Shop Supports CHOP But Sues For Lost Revenue

Seattle Ice Cream Shop Supports CHOP But Sues For Lost Revenue

Seattle Ice Cream Shop Supports CHOP But Sues For Lost Revenue

Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream is a super-woke and left-wing business. In a supreme twist of irony, this Seattle company is suing the city because they got exactly what they asked for.

Readers will remember the infamous “Summer of Love” in Seattle during 2020, when the police abandoned their East Precinct building on Capitol Hill, and the so-called “CHAZ” (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone) was created, and then renamed “CHOP” (Capitol Hill Organized Protest). CHOP had everything – a community garden, its own warlord, murders, and most importantly, NO POLICE.

This has obviously become a huge point of legal contention, both during and after the fact, as residents and businesses complained that they weren’t being protected from the crazy people trying to create their own “autonomous zone,” and the families of the two teenagers who were killed have sued the city (one has settled). Seattle finally shut down CHOP after over three weeks of chaos. In the aftermath, police chief Carmen Best resigned, Mayor Jenny Durkan decided to not seek re-election, and the taxpayers of Seattle have been left holding the bag for their leaders’ bad decisions and attempts to cover up and deflect responsibility for the whole thing.

Enter Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. The owner, Molly Moon Neitzel, is a huge leftist. The company website even brags about it. And yes, this is an exact blockquote, and apparently they are anti-grammar and don’t use capital letters except for proper nouns (whoever wrote it either thinks this is cute, or they are the second coming of e.e. cummings, or they are so anti-capitalist that this extends to capital letters).

our founder Molly has been an activist advocating for worker’s rights in Seattle and Washington State since the day she became a business owner. over the years, she has brought our leadership team to activism and lobbying tables at the city, state, and federal levels. since 2008 Molly has advocated for healthcare reform that lead to the Affordable Care Act, Marriage Equality, Seattle’s Paid Safe and Sick Leave laws, Washington State’s increased minimum wage and guaranteed safe and sick leave and Seattle’s secure scheduling law. she most recently worked with organizations in Washington State to advocate for and successfully pass a paid family leave bill.”

And yes, Molly Moon’s is always navel-gazing in order to figure out how they can embrace even more equity, just in case you were worried about that.

in 2016 we performed an equity audit on our company. our external equity auditors examined our recruiting, hiring and employment policies and practices and the diversity of our current workforce. this audit taught us not only how much we are doing right, but also how we can become even more equitable in the years to come.”

However, this love of “equity” does not include guns or the police who carry guns. One of Molly Moon’s stores is located in Capitol Hill, which placed it within the CHOP area. The company was all in on protesting for racial justice and supporting CHAZ/CHOP, until it wasn’t safe enough to open their store.

But after CHOP was cleared out, Molly Moon’s decided to go one step further and ban armed police from the Capitol Hill store.

Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream on Capitol Hill put up the sign telling officers, if you’re armed, you’re not welcome inside their business.”

The sign reads, “Police Officers: Molly Moon’s is a gun-free zone. Please do not come inside if you are wearing a firearm. No guns allowed inside.”

Molly Moon Neitzel, owner and founder of the local ice cream chain, said the sign was her idea, and since she posted it, she’s been getting threats social media.”

“I am anti the current police system,” she said. “Yeah, I think we need major reform.”

Moon Neitzel said she’s had signs in her shops for the last five years saying they are “gun-free zones,” but she just put up the new sign directed at police.”

She said some of her employees felt intimidated by officers after they cleared out the nearby Capitol Hill Organized Protest or CHOP zone last week. A patron also paid $500 so officers could come in and get ice cream for free.”

“We had a few hundred come in packing their guns and it was making my employees feel uncomfortable,” Moon Neitzel said.”

For now, Moon Neitzel has only posted the sign at the Capitol Hill shop, not her eight other locations. She said police officers are not banned.”

“If they want to come into my shop and buy ice cream without a gun, they are welcome,” she said.”

Moon Neitzel said it’s up to individual employees to decide if they want to ask armed police officers to leave.”

She said business is down more than 50% compared to last year due to the pandemic. She recognizes, the sign may alienate some customers.”

Moon Neitzel said, “I am going to continue to be a business person and and activist that continues to see truth as I see it.”

Well, the truth as Molly Moon Neitzel now sees it is that she is OWED DAMAGES by the city of Seattle for… wait for it… her lost revenue.

Oh yes, Molly Moon’s is suing the city for allowing CHOP to take over the Capitol Hill area and block their business, while STILL SUPPORTING CHOP.

In the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, Molly Moon’s stated its constitutional rights were “overrun” by the city’s decision to “abandon” the 10-block area of Capitol Hill overtaken by protesters. The ice cream maker is accusing the city of materially supporting and encouraging “a hostile occupation of that neighborhood.”

“This lawsuit does not seek to undermine CHOP participants’ message or present a counter message,” the lawsuit, acquired by KIRO Newsradio, read. “Rather, this lawsuit is about the plaintiff’s constitutional and other legal rights, of which were overrun by the City of Seattle’s decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood, leaving it unchecked by the police, unserved by fire and emergency health services, and inaccessible to the public at large, and then materially support and encourage a hostile occupation of that neighborhood. The City’s decision subjected businesses, employees, and residents of that neighborhood to extensive property damage, public safety dangers, and an inability to use and access their properties.”

Molly Moon’s claimed the protest made its shop, located just across from Cal Anderson Park, unreachable and they suffered huge losses in revenue.”

I don’t think I have enough popcorn for this.

All the aphorisms apply here: “go woke, go broke,” “be careful what you wish for, you may get it,” “f*** around and find out.” I find it beyond hysterical that three years later to the day that the Seattle police abandoned the East Precinct, and Capitol Hill turned into Molly Moon’s dream of a police-free zone, the company is now suing because those same police they actively protested weren’t stopping the other protestors from blocking their store, and killing their foot traffic. While this may be true, Molly Moon’s won’t like having to open their books during discovery, because it just might prove that their revenue losses were spread out around their other stores as well, not just in Capitol Hill. And they will never admit that branding themselves as “anti-cop” just because they wanted to be – and STILL want to be – the cool progressive equity-driven ice cream shop had ANYTHING to do with their sales decreasing. As Bud Light has discovered, it’s very easy to choose a different brand when one company decides to push woke social justice over everything else.

And apparently woke social justice isn’t a tasty flavor that customers are generally interested in after all – not when there are plenty of other ice cream shops out there. Enjoy your lawsuit, Molly Moon’s – you’ve earned it.

Featured image: personal photo by Deanna Fisher, all rights reserved

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  • GWB says:

    Seems to me that the lawsuit is mooted by the fact they’re suing for the cops not doing what they didn’t want done. Tossed! They state right in the lawsuit that they support the people creating the conditions that caused their loss, so you can’t really sue someone else for allowing them to do what you wanted.

    These are the same people who will be asking, as they’re loaded on the trains, why the communists took their store away from them.

  • Cameron says:

    I thought I was about to be sympathetic. I walked it off.

  • Taylor says:

    You cannot make that stuff up! They sound totally cluless and completley shameless.

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