A waiter from Southern California was fired from a restaurant after he asked a group of female customers to show him their proof of residency before serving them.
Diana Carillo, 24, told the Los Angeles Times that she and her friends were confronted by the waiter at the Southern California restaurant Saint Marc. She shared that at first, she thought the waiter was joking when he asked her, her sister and a close friend for their proof of residency.
Carillo states that the waiter wasn’t smiling and gave no other indication that it was a joke or that perhaps he was trying to flirt with them.
Brenda Carillo, 23, says that they requested to speak to the Southern California restaurant’s manager. After complaining they left and one of the women shared the incident on a social media site.
Ever since Donald Trump’s inauguration, prejudicial conduct like this and acts of violence towards individuals believed to be undocumented migrants has repeatedly made headlines.
Those headlines included a shooting in February where one man died and two were wounded in Kansas. The man killed and another injured were from India and their attacker mistook them for being of the Muslim faith. Before shooting them, the gunman asked them if they had visas, reports The Guardian.
In Seattle, a Sikh man was shot in the arm by a man who first shouted at him “to go back to your own country.”
The Carrillo sisters were both born in Southern California. Their mother arrived in the U.S. from Mexico over 30 years ago, the sisters say that they are not worried about their safety. Instead, they say they are more concerned about the safety of others in their community who are immigrants. They share that if something like this would happen to them they would most likely be too frightened to speak up for themselves, reports the Press Herald.
The Southern California restaurant apologized for the incident on the business’ Facebook page and stated that the waiter had been terminated. However, the business has since taken down those posts. Many Facebook followers have posted questioning why the apologies were removed.
A spokesperson for the restaurant told a local newspaper that they value all their guests and pride themselves on treating everyone with respect.
Kent Bearden, the senior director of operations for Southern California’s Saint Marc restaurant states that the business intends to donate 10% of its weekend sales to a nonprofit chosen by the women. He also stated that the women were offered a VIP meal for free at the restaurant, but the women declined the offer.
By Tammy Marie Rose
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