Ex-employees and customers accuse Urban Bean owner of harassment, bullying

Greg Martin is the subject of allegations by former employees and customers on social media.
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The owner of a Minneapolis coffee shop is facing allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation by former employees and customers.

There have been numerous social media posts in recent days from former employees and customers of Urban Bean, on Lake Street in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood, who say they have been subjected to mistreatment by its owner, Greg Martin.

Many of the allegations surfaced this week after they were shared with Nadirah McGill, the drummer for Minneapolis band the Gully Boys, who posted them on her Instagram Stories, which you can find here.

CityPages has since spoken with "dozens" of employees and customers who say they have been victims of Martin's, and published this extensive expose which you can read here.

One of the images shared by McGill shows a text conversation purportedly between a former employee and Martin, in which he makes a pass at her before threatening her when she rejects his advances (the following tweet contains offensive language).

BMTN has attempted to reach out to Greg Martin and Urban Bean for comment, but its phone number goes straight to answer machine, while its Facebook page has been taken down. We have left a message and will update this story if our call is returned.

This week has seen multiple reviews shared to sites like Yelp and Google that describe several more negative experiences from former customers and employees of the coffee shop at the hands of Martin, whether it's in the form of harassment or just otherwise rude behavior.

One Yelp reviewer, Marlee M., wrote: "The owner harassed and threatened a friend of mine who quit there after being uncomfortably sexually approached by the owner. This is sexual harassment to the point of threats like 'I wont kill you,' etc, it's an oxymoron if you have to say you won't.

"I wont go here and i wouldn't recommend anyone should. If you do, tip your barista in cash because they have to deal with harassment from the owner on a daily [basis]."

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Another, reviewer, Destiny J., wrote: "If I could give this place zero stars I would. The owner of this establishment is predatory and unprofessional on so many levels. There are so many other coffee shops in the twin cities and in uptown, do not support this business."

Not all the negative reviews are from this week either, this one from New Year's Day reads: "Had a horrible and terribly rude experience with the owner! I felt discriminated against and mistreated with the way he yelled at me to inform that the coffee shop was closed. It wasn't an 'excuse me. We're closed,' rather it was a forceful tap on the table and interaction."

CityPages also shared the below video allegedly showing Martin removing a customer from his store, apparently for not buying anything.

Martin hit the headlines in 2016 when he asked that Donald Trump supporters not to follow the shop on social media or spend money at his business, prompting an angry response on its Facebook page, as the Southwest Journal reported at the time.

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