When rapper Young Dolph says "pay me", he really means it
The musician handed over $ 20,000 to two Duke University students dismissed from their barista jobs for playing Dolph's song "Get Paid" in a campus cafeteria.
Dolph heard about the layoffs last week and brought both former baristas to their May 11 performance at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami for a special surprise. Halfway through his set, he invited Britney Brown and Kevin Simmons onstage and presented them with $ 20,000.
"So look at this, this is what we will do, I know that the vice president of that school receives money, but does not receive money like Dolph," said the rapper.
"Until you get a new job, I received $ 20,000 for you now."
It is unclear if he gave each one $ 20,000, or if that was the total amount of the gift.
Brown and Simmons worked in the Joe Van Gogh coffee shop on the campus of Duke's Durham, North Carolina, when Larry Moneta, vice president of student affairs at the school, complained that the 2016 Dolph song was playing in the store. None of the students specifically selected the song, and said it was on a playlist they chose earlier that day.
Brown told the local Indy Week news site that when Moneta complained, she immediately turned off the song and offered him a free roll.
Moneta's complaints came to Duke's foodservice director, who told Robbie Roberts, owner of the cafeteria chain Joe Van Gogh. The students were expelled from their jobs on Monday.
News of the layoffs sparked mass protests on campus, and word spread to Young Dolph, who mentioned the uproar on Twitter:
After the reaction, both Roberts and Moneta apologized.
"It was never my intention that any of Joe Van Gogh's employees be fired," said Moneta, according to Newsweek. "I felt and still feel that the choice of music for the place was inappropriate, but if my actions somehow lead to its I apologize and I hope that JVG management will consider how to re-establish their employment in the company. "
Roberts wrote on Joe Van Gogh's blog that the store" apologizes " with our employees, customers and community for the way we handle a situation involving our Duke University store. "
" We tried to understand Duke's position in this case, but we should have taken a different approach when making decisions about the staff. As the owner of the business, I take full responsibility for the actions of Joe Van Gogh. I apologize to all the people directly involved and to those who have been touched or offended, of whom there are many. We are taking steps to remedy this matter, but all the personnel problems of the company are private and will remain private. Again, my sincere apologies. "
Roberts said Friday that his chain of coffee shops was cutting ties with Duke.
Immediately, I have decided to sever the ties of my company with Duke University. I think it's the right thing to preserve Joe Van Gogh's brand independence without conditions, "Roberts said in a statement to the Duke Chronicle.
" I have extended work to our entire team in our Shop on the Duke campus, either at one of our off-campus locations or at our production offices. And, I have contacted our two baristas who received severance pay so they can rejoin Joe Van Gogh or get a secure job elsewhere if they wish. "