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September 30, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Tom Morello vs. David Meinert at Seattle’s 5 Point Cafe

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello picked the wrong business owner to start a Twitter war with. After getting turned away from from the 5 Point Cafe, which was at capacity on Saturday night, he did what normal people do when they aren’t happy: he complained on Twitter.

Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello. Photo by Kevin Clark/Washington Post.

Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello. Photo by Kevin Clark/Washington Post.

But unlike regular people, Morello has 384,000 followers.

Morello was in town for a 15Now minimum wage benefit, playing with former Audioslave bandmate Chris Cornell at the Off Ramp. But, wrote the restaurant’s owner David Meinert on the 5 Point’s Facebook page, Morello had pulled a classic “Don’t you know who I am?” rock star pose. The bouncer said Morello “wanted a special room in the back. Clearly had no ideas (sic) what it is like inside.”

Seattleites know that the restaurant’s owner, Meinert, isn’t exactly the quiet type; he’s also made the national news for refusing to serve customers who wear Google Glass.

David Meinert at the 5 Point. Photo by Ken Labert/The Seattle Times.

David Meinert at the 5 Point. Photo by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times.

He wrote back, specifically taking aim at Morello’s “anti-worker” charge. Meinert was one of the supporters of the higher worker wage debate.

The two went back and forth on the social network, trading barbs and at one point the 5 Point changed its marquee to read “Eggs Against the Machine.”

But after Meinert explained to Morello that he was in favor of better worker wages, Morello waved the white flag. (Sort of).

Morello had almost signed off on “Pancake Gate,” when he put up a long post on Facebook addressing the incident. He denied wanting special treatment or access to a nonexistent backroom and said his party of six were told that they were at capacity even after watching several people leave and weren’t allowed to order take out and sit at the outside tables. “Ok what’s really going on here dude? Some of us have traveled a long way. He’s from Kenya! I’m from the 90’s!” wrote Morello, who called the 5 Point doorguy, “a hipster version of a Studio 54 doorman.”

Morello and his party went to IHOP instead.

In his Facebook post, Morello takes jabs at Meinert’s position on the $15 minimum wage legislation; Meinert said he supported “tip credit”—allowing tips to count toward part of the hourly wage—which 15Now opposed.

“It’s a pretty small thing to disagree on,” said Meinert. “My problem with movements is if you are not in lockstep, then you are evil.”

Meinert added: “Morello has a massive Twitter following. He can use it for good stuff–which he does most of the time. He made an unfortunate Tweet and he should apologize. I would rather, and I’m sure he would rather, spend our time on all the issues we support and agree on,” he said. “I think there’s lots of worker rights issues and I agree with him on a lot of them.”

Not one to let someone get the last, word, after Morello’s post went up, Meinert posted his own retort to Morello’s retort. (Still with us?)

“Maybe he was “Anti-Kenyan”?? Ok, enough Tom,” he wrote. “Stop trying to portray the doorperson as a racist. That really sucks and is crazy abusive.”

He told Morello to stay away from the 5 Point: “Next time don’t call, IHOP is glad to take your money and donate it to right wing politicians so keep going there and supporting the very thing you claim to rage against. Pathetic.”

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