The offending sign outside Brick Lane Coffee [Image: Evening Standard].

The offending sign outside Brick Lane Coffee [Image: Evening Standard].

An east London coffee shop has come under fire after a chalkboard outside the cafe read “Sorry, no poor people”.

Since the sign was spotted outside Brick Lane Coffee’s shop in Shoreditch earlier this week, the cafe has come under heavy criticism on Facebook and Twitter.

However, the owner of Brick Lane Coffee has said staff were not behind the message, adding that the offensive board was removed by employees as soon as it was discovered.

When asked who was behind the sign, owner Adrian Jones said he thought the establishment had been targeted by anti-gentrification protestors.

He said: “Someone came along and graffitied it on there”, speculating it could have been the same protestors who attacked the nearby Cereal Killer Cafe.

Brick Lane Coffee has yet to respond publicly to the dozens of people who have criticised the sign on social media, under the impression that the shop had put it up.

Source: Brick Lane Coffee shop comes under fire for ‘Sorry, No Poor People’ sign after Shoreditch anti-gentrification protests | London | News | London Evening Standard

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