A harsh retaliatory attack on white nationalists who participated in this weekend's protests in Charlottesville has cost a California cook his job.
Berkeley-based hot dog chain Top Dog has confirmed to the San Francisco Chronicle that Cole White, a cook at one of their locations, was fired after being identified in a photo as taking part in the white supremacy rallies that got violent in Charlottesville over the weekend, causing at least one death. A sign was also posted on the doors of locations in Berkeley and Oakland, claiming that "the actions of those in Charlottesville are not supported by Top Dog."
While White's role in the rallies was not immediately clear, a photo of him amidst a crowd of white supremacists was posted on Twitter as part of a retaliatory campaign by user @YesYoureRacist that attempted to expose and attack those who attended the rallies and supported white nationalism. Other users identified the man in the photo as White, who also was apparently part of violent protests in Berkeley in the past.
The Chronicle was unable to reach White to confirm or deny his presence and role in the weekend's rallies, but the damage to his job has already been done. Many are viewing his firing as a victory, whilst others see it as a stern warning for the future.