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Black Swan Books in Richmond bills itself as a quaint, welcoming place – “where old books meet new friends!” – the type of local establishment where the most exciting thing to happen on any given day might be the acquisition of a rare hardcover.

On Saturday afternoon, however, the independent bookstore in Virginia’s capital became the next stop in the roving battle over civility in politics, after a customer spotted former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon inside and confronted him.

The article goes on to state the following:

Nick Cooke, the owner of Black Swan Books, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that a woman in his store began verbally accosting Bannon when she saw him, including calling the former Trump adviser “a piece of trash.” It was shortly afterward that Cooke decided to call police, he said.

“Steve Bannon was simply standing, looking at books, minding his own business,” Cooke told the newspaper. “I asked [the woman confronting Bannon] to leave, and she wouldn’t. And I said, ‘I’m going to call the police if you don’t,’ and I went to call the police and she left. And that’s the end of the story.”

Cooke did not elaborate on Bannon’s history or relationship with the store.

“We are a bookshop,” Cooke told the Times-Dispatch. “Bookshops are all about ideas and tolerating different opinions and not about verbally assaulting somebody, which is what was happening.”

Cooke did not respond to an interview request on Sunday, and repeated calls to the bookstore went unanswered or to voice mail. A Facebook page for Black Swan Books, visible Sunday morning, appeared to have been deleted or hidden from public view by Sunday afternoon.

The Daily Caller reported:

Former Hillary Clinton adviser Philippe Reines on Saturday posted the address and contact information of a Virginia bookstore on Twitter after the storeowner called the police on a customer who insisted on harassing former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

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