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Man who threatened to blow up store after gay barista served him faces three to six years in prison

Vincent O'Sullivan lashed out after the barista tried to make smalltalk while preparing his drink

By Steve Brown

A man who threatened to blow up a grocery store after a gay barista served him has been convicted of felony threats with a hate crime enhancement.

Vincent O’Sullivan, 56, from Guerneville, California, was previously convicted last year for continually stealing a pride flag from the town plaza and appears he hasn’t stopped his hateful mission.

After he was served a drink in Starbucks, the barista tried to make small talk but O’Sullivan reportedly lost it and started hurling homophobic slurs and cursing at him, Bay Area Reporter reported.

He then shouted that he was building pipe bombs to blow up the grocery store, the Starbucks, the barista and a sheriff’s office substation.

O’Sullivan was arrested on the same day. This incident comes after he served his four month jail sentence for stealing the rainbow flag.

During the court case, the jury were aware of his previous conviction which O’Sullivan didn’t deny but said he stole it because it “offended him as well as others”.

O’Sullivan was taken into custody after his conviction and is set to be sentenced in early April and faces three to six years in prison.