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Who’s Flipping Out About This Flipping Off?

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Regardless of your political affiliation, these days it’s easy to feel angry and agitated. Which may explain why Juli Briskman, 50, is in the spotlight right now. A couple of weeks ago, she chased down the Presidential motorcade on her bicycle and flipped off the Commander in Chief after he played golf. Briskman says she was teed off over the state of the country and our President indulging in leisure time versus taking care of business.

A photo captured the moment and went viral. Although Juli couldn’t be identified in the shot, she fessed up at work, figuring the truth would come out sooner or later.

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Juli Briskman, 50.

Her employer, Akima (which contracts with the government), canned her, saying she violated their code of conduct policy. People took to social media to criticize and even threaten her.

But in these polarizing times, guess what? She saw her Twitter followers swell from a few hundred before the one-finger salute to over 17,000 and counting. Someone started a “Thank you Juli Briskman” GoFundMe account for her that now has five-figures in it. And Briskman is sorting through a raft of job offers from people who were impressed by her tenacity and her message.

Do you think Briskman was wrong? Do you applaud her? Would you ever do something like that?

Janet Siroto

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