A young man gave Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler a Pepsi soda on April 5, but the generous deed backfired (video below).
KSHU notes that the man, who identified himself as Carlos Henriquez or Enriquez, was trying to imitate Kendall Jenner's infamous Pepsi commercial in which she made peace between some protesters and police by handing a cop a Pepsi.
The man began by telling the mayor and the city council: "I'm a former journalist for The Boston Herald, so I've covered city council quite extensively."
However, The Boston Herald's Human Resources Department did not have a former journalist by that name, although the newspaper said it had someone with that name who worked in marketing and research; but that person would be older than the man at the meeting.
The man told the mayor how he was surprised by all the opposition at the meeting:
I just recently moved here, and I have to say I'm very surprised how there's so many people that show up to city council, and just kind of get angry at you and yell at you and stuff like that.
And I'm sure that has happened in the past when I've covered city councils, but not nearly as frequently as it has here. It made me kind of wonder how could someone just endure people coming and berating you every week, and everyone gets mad, and you say, "Oh, I'm signing the ordinance anyway."
What I realized is that the language of resistance has not been properly translated to you. So this is for you.
The man stood up, pulled the Pepsi out of his jacket, and gave it to Wheeler, who responded with alarm:
Whoa, whoa, whoa, not a good move. Not a good move. Thank you. Don't do that again, okay? Not a smart move. I do appreciate it, but don't do that again. Please folks, do not do that. For your own safety don't do that. I appreciate it, welcome to Portland. If this was the Boston City Council that would have ended differently.
Two Portland cops got up from their seats, and warned the man.
According to Oregon Live, there were also protesters at the meeting, including an activist named Mimi German who read poems about social injustice during her time to weigh in on a sewer line repair.
Teressa Raiford, also a protester, used her time for a moment of silence for Quanice Hayes, an African-American teen who was killed by police.
Raiford had signed up to testify on three items, but refused to speak on them when her name was called. Instead, she told the city clerk: "Just keep saying my name."