A restaurant in California and one of its waiter are currently feeling the wrath of social media after they mishandled their customers.
Diana Carrillo took to Facebook to bash Saint Marc, a swanky restaurant in the seaside city of Huntington Beach, where she had taken her sister and two friends for a meal only for the waiter to force the four Latina women to show they live in the area before serving them.
He wanted to see their Identification Cards.
“I need to make sure you’re from here,” he said.
The ladies handed their IDs but then it hit them.
“I looked at my sister and [my friend], and I said, did he really just say that?” said Diana Carrillo who goes to Saint Marc.
They walked over to the manager and told him what had happened. He offered them a separate section and his business card to make things right — but they had already decided to leave.
It was too late.
Carrillo, went to social media to complain about the issue and asked her Facebook friends to share the post.
They didn’t let her down.
“For a few seconds I thought maybe he was being a smart a– or joking but the fact that he said ‘I need to make sure you’re from here before I serve you’ was completely unacceptable.
“How many others has he said this too? I hope this employee is reprimanded for his actions. No establishment should tolerate discriminatory actions from their employees. PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!” posted the 24-year-old business analyst from Orange County, Calif.
The post got more than 600 shares, and more than 100 comments, forcing the restaurant to call her and offer a VIP experience at the restaurant and pledged to donate 10 percent of the weekend’s proceeds to a nonprofit organization of the group’s choice.
But they declined the offer. They told them to donate the money.
The senior director of operations at Saint Marc, Kent Bearden, claims the waiter was fired in the process and doesn’t know whether he had an agenda.
“It was the first time the employee had done anything like this, Bearden said, and he “had never received so much as a write-up,” said Bearden. “I don’t know if he had an agenda or not.”
Carrillo parents, both immigrated to the United States and still speak with accents, had warned her about such treatments but she has never been worried about the discrimination till now.
“She always told us, ‘I can handle discrimination,’” Carrillo said. “I know its part of my life.”
She didn’t tell her mum about the incident but she ended seeing it on Facebook.
“I actually didn’t tell her,” Carrillo said. “I didn’t want to upset her. But she saw it on Facebook, and she called me the same day. I forgot she had Facebook.”