America's a country built on immigration. Let's be clear about that. If you ask me about our country's history, it goes a little like this: Immigrants came here, drove a bunch of Native Americans out through murder, rape, and biological warfare and the remaining ones that survived were placed on reservations.
I'm not judging it, I'm just calling it like it is. We have a dark past. Lots of people do. Lots of us have done disgusting things to others and hurt them ways we could never imagine; what matters is our response to those faults in our character. How do we address those problems? I feel like America can't forget that it's a country founded by immigrants, that was created by immigrants, and owes a lot of the work it accomplishes to immigrants.
Racism and xenophobia touting itself as Nationalism is nothing new. Pretty much every fascist state or dictatorship uses this basic tactic to get the support of the people to do whatever it wants. So if you fall victim to it, you're repeating the mistakes of the past.
Which is why this story of a waiter refusing to serve a woman unless she "proved her residency" is so disappointing.
I don't really look at it as a failure of a singular person, but a failure of humanity. Like, how could we get to this point?
She described the encounter in her Facebook post:
A few friends and I went to Saint Marc's in Huntington Beach today. My sister and my friend were seated first and the waiter asked them for their "proof of residency" when they ordered a drink. My friend in disbelief repeated what he said and his response was "yeah, I need to make sure you're from here before I serve you." Not knowing that this happened to them, my friend and I were then seated and he returned to the table and asked us for our "proof of residency." After fully digesting what he said, we all got up and left to speak to the manager. For a few seconds I thought maybe he was being a smart ass 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!
The incident reportedly occurred at Saint March Pub-Cafe in Huntington Beach, California.
The restaurant's senior director of operations, Ken Bearden, says that the waiter had been fired for his comments.
"I don’t know if he had an agenda or not. My concern is he violated a company policy. We’re very specific about how we treat out guests. That individual did not treat a table of guests to the expectations that we set forth in that company policy, and that caused him to be terminated," Bearden said in an interview with The Washington Post.
Carrillo's post has been shared nearly 2,000 times, with commenters disgusted by the treatment she received.
So, no service for tourists? I will avoid this restaurant on my next vacation, to be sure.
"Welcome to the Trump's world "
Others, however, thought the waiter was in the right.
Sigh. What do you think about the waiter's comments?
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