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Shop's Pro-Marriage Equality Sign Sparks Outrage By Customer

The Chipped Cup, an independent coffee shop in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of New York, has found itself in the middle of a social media clash with a (now former) regular customer. On Thursday, the irate patron took to Facebook and Twitter to express her unhappiness with a pro-marriage equality message written on a sidewalk sandwich board by the manager of the shop (who is pictured above).

Here are the former customer's messages, according to DNAinfo, :

"You just lost two local customers with your political sandwich board," a person listed as Leesa Dahl wrote on the coffee shop's Facebook page. "We were so happy when you joined the neighborhood and were faithful, but alienating the majority of the population is a really irritating and dumb move. We will encourage others not to patronize your business."

On Twitter, Dahl, who lists herself as a pianist in the opera world, wrote: "It’s too bad @ChippedCupNY discriminates against 98% of their customer base by being H8ful!"

Dahl told DNAinfo what bothers her about the pro-marriage equality sign is that the shop is "pushing a political agenda to customers." Grub Street New York alleges that Dahl also dropped the f-bomb in a tweet to The Chipped Cup, a message that has since been deleted.

The owner of The Chipped Cup is 33-year-old Andrew Ding who sums up the controversy perfectly: "It's a sign on a sandwich board about equality. How anyone can turn that into something about hate is beyond me."

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  1. Lol 98% of their customer base is alienated by a pro-equality sign- in New York?

    Posted by: Sam A | Mar 30, 2013 12:35:30 PM

  2. To answer the query at the end of the story-by the owner-the answer is simple-when an individual uses a book of fiction that has more inconsistencies and schizophrenic viewpoints that anyone can use to push "their" religiosity on people-it isn't a stretch that some person with hate in their heart could justify their myopic and outdated viewpoint.

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 30, 2013 12:35:30 PM

  3. Lunatics, one and all. The more they bring the crazy, the more people will be on our side.

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 30, 2013 12:35:55 PM

  4. Dahl works in the opera world? Does she ever look at the audience?

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 30, 2013 12:39:50 PM

  5. A person in New York City got upset about this sign? Really?

    Posted by: Dev | Mar 30, 2013 12:40:06 PM

  6. A pianist in the opera world? The jokes practically write themselves.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Mar 30, 2013 12:41:57 PM

  7. The opera gig was probably not going too well. Now she can play for NOM. They'll gladly pay her salary...the headline writes itself in true NOM overstated fashion:

    "New York Starlet Refuses to Be Bullied Into Accepting Corrupt Marriage!"

    Posted by: kp05 | Mar 30, 2013 12:43:22 PM

  8. Lost two gained a 100. Sounds like sound business to me.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Mar 30, 2013 12:47:20 PM

  9. These two self-centered idiots think they are the only ones in the World. Just like the Starbucks CEO said, take your money somewhere else and shove it.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 30, 2013 12:58:43 PM

  10. I would be happy to tweet her about her bigoted message but can't find her on Twitter. Someone post her twitter handle, please.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 30, 2013 1:01:23 PM

  11. I haven't followed the links in this post, so maybe it's mentioned there, but when I read about this a few days ago it included a final tweet from this woman claiming to be a lesbian. I think she's a member of GOProud or something. Yet another homocon in need of some therapy.

    Posted by: stranded | Mar 30, 2013 1:02:24 PM

  12. Thank you goes out to Andrew Ding, the staff at The Chipped Cup and your sandwich board for standing up for equality. I hope 2013 is a great year for you.

    Posted by: Tom | Mar 30, 2013 1:09:42 PM

  13. Is Leesa Dahl one of Michelle Shocked's personalities?

    Kudos to the Chipped Cup.

    It needs to be 50 states, not just 9 (and DC).

    Posted by: customer | Mar 30, 2013 1:14:46 PM

  14. "Losing one's ability to oppress others is not oppression!" They just don't get it. The stupid! It burns!!

    Posted by: Geoff | Mar 30, 2013 1:17:02 PM

  15. She's not a lesbian. She's married and lives on Chambers in NYC. She's also a Mormon. Her Twitter is: and her Facebook is:

    Posted by: CVP | Mar 30, 2013 1:25:21 PM

  16. Funny thung is this.... that opera buffoon probably was a defender of the chick-fil-crap guy denouncing gays and got pissed at people who were boycotting them.

    Posted by: Nat | Mar 30, 2013 1:27:48 PM

  17. But to anti-gay bigots anything that reminds them of their bigotry becomes "hate" - oh darn. two less bigots buying coffee. in NY.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 30, 2013 1:34:29 PM

  18. Mormons-that says it all

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Mar 30, 2013 1:37:23 PM

  19. Why is a Mormon buying coffee? Not a very good Mormon, it would seem.

    Posted by: Miche Rutledge | Mar 30, 2013 1:42:34 PM

  20. So, this woman will take "our" money when she performs but doesn't believe in equality for us. WOW...I think if I were a New Yorker I would make the choice not to go to one of her performances.

    Posted by: Steve Chapman | Mar 30, 2013 1:43:02 PM

  21. Working in the opera? She has nothing against lgbt people sitting in the audience and paying their tickets? Perhaps she should refuse to play the piano while non heterosexuals in the audience.
    Living in NYC and never seen lgbt? Please, one of the biggest lgbt cities in the world and thousands of lgbt travelling there (incl. me every now and then). Perhaps she should move.
    Well done Chipped Cup, I hope your number of customers will increase. Next time when in NYC, I'll come to buy - a lot.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Mar 30, 2013 1:46:12 PM

  22. Is she kidding? This is New York City. Where even social conservatives are likely to be pro-gay - or at risk for becoming so with only a small amount of influence from others!

    Posted by: Mary | Mar 30, 2013 1:47:05 PM

  23. I was under the impression that all penis were friends of the gay community. I've never met one that didn't like me...and visa versa.
    Oh, not that kind of penis?
    As Roseanne Roseannadanna would say...."Never Mind".

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Mar 30, 2013 1:52:10 PM

  24. if it's the same Leesa Dahl who is the first to show up in a facebook search with photos of opera scores in the background all i can say is "Lady....your husband has brutal gayface"

    she's terrified that her life as a beard may be coming to an end.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 30, 2013 1:58:24 PM

  25. Never mind the opera patrons - think of how many LGBT people work in her field! And it's a small, gossipy business.

    Btw, if you do some digging, it turns out the woman (Leesa Dahl) is a serial liar, bully, and even stalker. She told people (including her parents) that she worked at Juilliard, but Juilliard published a statement saying they never employed her. And there was one guy who she would prank call with spoofed caller ID, pretending to be the Met calling him for a gig - he then changed his phone #, but she still tracked him down. Others have come forward who knew her at the SF Conservatory, said she used to gang up on people she didn't like, Heathers-style. Hot mess!!

    Posted by: John | Mar 30, 2013 2:00:43 PM

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