Have you seen this video? The video of a determined woman who got her chance to tell off Florida Governor Rick Scott? Boy did he get an earful....
The woman, who has been identified as 39-year-old Cara Jennings, a former Lake Worth City commissioner, claims what was seen on video is not the whole story behind the confrontation.
In an interview with MSNBC, Jennings said she had been very upset about a bill Gov. Scott signed last week. She said the bill hurts low income women and their access to reproductive healthcare services.
"I've been thinking about that a lot so when Rick Scott walked in I thought 'oh great, this an opportunity to talk to the governor about the bill he signed,'"said Jennings.
She said what people can't see on the video, is that the interaction started out with Jennings turning to Scott and asking him why he signed the bill that,
"is damaging for women's healthcare choices."
"He had a very politician, typical politician reaction. He lied,"she said.
"He said that he doesn't vote on any bills, which is technically correct, but misleading. Because he signed the bill into law. So then I corrected him that he might not have voted on it, but he signed it into law."
Jennings said she then proceeded to explain to the governor that his decision to sign the bill is damaging to low income women, like herself, who rely on public healthcare options.
Jennings said the governor then "very inappropriately" responded by telling her where to receive her healthcare,
"As if I shouldn't make that decision myself."
Jennings said, from there, things started to escalate.
That escalation was caught on camera.
"You cut Medicaid, so I couldn't get Obamacare,"
Jennings yelled at Scott.
"You're an a**hole! You don't care about working people."
When a woman with Scott tried to step in to deescalate the situation, Jennings dismissed her and turned her attention back to the governor.
"You should be ashamed to show your face around here,"
she yelled at him.
Scott, responding to Jennings' rant, said he was responsible for creating a "million" jobs in the state. Scott then looks down at his cellphone, and continues to try and place his order.
"A million jobs?"
Jennings yells back, looking around the Starbucks.
"Great! Who here has a great job? Or is looking forward to finishing school? Do you really feel like you have a job coming up?"
"You strip women of access to public health care," she continued, as the governor tried to exit the Starbucks. "Shame on you Rick Scott. We depend on those services. Rich people like you don't know what to do! When poorer people like us need services you cut them. Shame on you Rick Scott! You're an embarrassment to our state!"
Scott leaves, seemingly without a coffee in hand, his entourage following close behind.
The best part if when Scott's staff try and shut up Jennings and she responds with ... "I'm not talking to you."
...and she wasn't.
Rick Scott may have walked into the wrong Starbucks that afternoon. Talk about being prepared for any moment, huh?
Do you feel this woman handled this appropriately?
Here are a few reactions below:
stephen bender Is Starbucks a place for lazy liberals to hang out waiting for free handouts as is so often suggested by a chorus of judgmental commenters or is it a clean safe place to get access to the internet to study, work, search for employment or even network? A coffee of the day will set you back about $1.85 and some teas are even cheaper because they are refillable and Starbucks (to their credit) will rarely hassle you even if you haven't bought anything. If you are out of a job or paying your way through school or a low-wage worker or someone hit in any other way by this generally unbalanced economy, you might not be able to afford the $79 plus dollars a month to have internet in your home. You also might be very restricted in your cellphone data, if you can afford to keep a smartphone. What are the strategies available to this less monied citizen? You might consider going to the public library, setting up in a carrel and working. I myself have done this. The library is not uncomfortable, but when I had to use the restroom I had to pack it up all my things and carry them with me because I didn't feel secure leaving them out of my sight while I walked across the building. I work in Starbucks from time to time and this is not an issue. The staff are vigilant and the patrons look out for each other. I happened to be there on the day that this event occurred. I am glad I was. Stop berating this woman using your petty stereotypes and wake up the variety of people's needs and how they creatively find ways to meet them. The less economically advantaged citizens in this country are not the cause of the problems our nation faces, they are a symptom of this broken economy. Peace.
Angie Bedilion For people commenting/judging her, I don't actually see that she has a '$5 drink' near her and maybe she borrowed the laptop and is using the free wifi to look for work?? That is all irrelevant anyway- maybe she is speaking up for her sister, or mother or just humans in general... I wasn't there, but I do know that she has a voice and she is speaking up, and when we want change for good, this is what we do. We stand up, we speak out, we make a change. Just my opinion. I respect yours too-