Real-Life Pepsi Gesture Also Gets Poor Reaction
'Not a good move,' says Portland's mayor
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2017 11:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – A man has proved just how ridiculous it is to think that a can of soda can defuse a tense situation, as Pepsi's ridiculed ad would suggest. At a city council meeting in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday, a man identifying himself as Carlos Enrique addressed Mayor Ted Wheeler, who is also the city's police commissioner and has instituted new safety measures in response to angry protesters appearing at recent meetings, per KGW. Enrique told Wheeler he was amazed he could "endure people coming and berating you every week," per the Portland Mercury. "What I realized is that the language of resistance has not been properly translated to you. So this is for you," Enrique said, before walking up to Wheeler with a hand in his jacket.

Rather than crack a smile like the officer in Pepsi's yanked ad, Wheeler appeared alarmed as Enrique reached inside and pulled out a can of Pepsi. After setting the Pepsi in front of Wheeler, Enrique pulled out a second soda for himself, though he didn't have time to take a sip before security officers approached him. "Whoa whoa whoa, not a good move," Wheeler said. Once it was clear that no one's safety was at risk, Wheeler did have a good laugh at the joke. But he also warned others in attendance not to approach the dais "for your own safety," the Mercury reports. "If this were the Boston City Council that would have ended differently," he added. "Turns out Pepsi isn't a panacea for everything," quips CNN.

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