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Man loses office lease after viral video shows him calling police on black entrepreneurs using building's gym

Added 05-27-20 11:56:02pm EST - “A white Minneapolis venture capitalist's office lease was terminated after a viral video showed him questioning black entrepreneurs using the gym in a building of which they were all tenants, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported…” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Man loses office lease after viral video shows him calling police on black entrepreneurs using building's gym”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A white Minneapolis venture capitalist's office lease was terminated after a viral video showed him questioning black entrepreneurs using the gym in a building of which they were all tenants, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday.

Tom Austin, the managing partner of F2 Group, threatened to call the police on the group of black men on Tuesday. The men are the owners of Top Figure, a Minneapolis-based social media and branding agency. They work out of a WeWork coworking space in the building and are allowed to use the amenities. 

Austin ultimately called the building manager, who confirmed the men have a lease in the building. He told the Tribune that his actions led to his company losing its lease in the building.

“Should have handled it differently,” he said in an email to the Tribune. “Not my job to have done anything.”

Top Figure posted the video of the exchange to its Instagram page. As of Wednesday evening, it has 33,000 likes.

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