Shakira Rochelle was booked to take photographs of a wedding in Ohio near to where she lives.
The experienced wedding photographer was taken aback, though, when the bride-to-be who’d hired her got in touch demanding a refund due to Shakira’s support of Black Lives Matter.
In a series of screenshots posted on Twitter by a friend of Shakira’s, she showed the text messages she received from the client.
The bride-to-be seems to have seen Shakira’s post on social media where she showed support for BLM, and said: ‘I am sorry to say that we are requesting a refund on the deposit for our wedding.
‘We have done a lot of talking and we cannot bring ourselves to support anyone who is so outspoken on matters that simply do not concern them as well as someone that does not believe that ALL lives matter.
‘We would be truly embarrassed to have you at our event and feel that you aren’t stable enough to complete the job we need from you.’
The woman, whose name has been redacted, then went on to ask fo the details of how she could have her money returned.
In an incredible response, Shakira simply replied: ‘I am sorry to hear that. Unfortunately the contract you signed states that your deposit is non refundable. I will email you a cancellation agreement shortly that will require your signature to forfeit your date.
‘I wish you a lifetime of growth and I would like to thank you for your donation to Black Lives Matter.’
Can you hear that? That’s the sound of the mic dropping.
The bride then replied that she would put her lawyers in contact with Shakira, but so far there’s been no update from the photographer or her friend over whether this has happened.
As we’ll all know from renting homes or booking holidays, the contract you sign when you pay your deposit tends to be pretty watertight with very few ‘get-out’ clauses.
It’d be extremely unlikely to include a clause whereby you’d have your deposit refunded because your service provider agrees with human rights. So, we’re not sure this customer has a leg to stand on.
Many people on social media have offered monetary support or legal aid if it does come to this, and plenty more have shown their support through positive business reviews.
We’ve contacted Shakira Rochelle for comment, and will update if we receive a reply.
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