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Berkeley’s Top Dog has fired an employee over his participation in a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, according to another employee of the popular local chain. “He no longer works for Top Dog,” said the hot dog restaurant employee, who did not want to give his name.
Internet users identified the former employee, Cole White, in photos of the “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville Friday night. The rally participants, protesting the removal of Confederate monuments from public spaces, included KKK members and neo-Nazis, who carried Tiki torches and yelled slogans like, “White lives matter” and “Jews will not replace us.” The following day, rally participant James Alex Fields Jr. rammed his car into a group of counter-demonstrators, killing protester Heather Heyer and injuring others, according to police. He has been charged with second-degree murder.
Twitter users quickly posted photos of the events online, asking others to identify the people in them. A user with the handle @YesYoureRacist zoomed in on White, revealing that he worked for Top Dog.
After it came out that White was at the rally, he was immediately fired, the Top Dog employee said.
Top Dog placed a sign on the doors of its Durant Avenue location on Sunday, announcing that, as of Saturday, Aug. 12, Cole no longer worked for the company. “The actions of those in Charlottesville are not supported by top dog. We believe in individual freedom and voluntary association for everyone,” the sign said.
White has participated in local political events too, according to photos of the April 15 Berkeley rally that became a bloody battle between the far-right organizers and far-left Antifa counter-protesters. He also protested outside the courthouse during the arraignment of Eric Clanton, an anti-fascist demonstrator charged with smashing a bike lock over the head of a Trump supporter at that rally.
Hordes of people took to Top Dog’s Yelp pages and social media accounts Saturday, calling for White to be fired.
The Top Dog employee said the business has also been receiving “a ton of calls” and questions from customers since White was seen on the news participating in the rally.
We are happy to hear.