Waiter Walks Up To Table Full Of Women And Says 3 Words, Gets Instantly Fired
Marilyn Caylor 4/7/2017
Chatting with girlfriends while enjoying a fantastic dinner is one of the best ways to relax and unwind on a Saturday evening. It's even better when you get to try out a new restaurant and experience new cuisines together - it's a foodie's dream come true!
When a small group of hungry foodies decided to check out an upscale restaurant in Huntington Beach, California, they were expecting the best service, the best food, and the best experience. It was their first time visiting the Saint Marc Pub-Cafe, but they weren't worried - the reviews on Yelp were phenomenal. How could anything go wrong?
The first clue that things were about to go downhill was when the waiter didn't even bother to say hello or introduce himself to the women. Okay, fair enough - unfriendly wait staff is not unheard of.
Yet, it was his unthinkable question that left a bad taste in their mouths.
When Diana Carrillo, her sister, and a couple of friends went to the Saint Marc Pub-Cafe last month, they were in good spirits. Unfortunately, their good mood was quickly dashed when they were seated at their table.
"As soon as I sat down, the waiter approached the table. He didn't even introduce himself to us."
As you may have guessed by Diana's surname, she has Latin American ancestry. No one is suggesting that the waiter's standoffish behavior was due to her ethnicity, but the question he asked Diana will certainly put things into perspective!
Yelp/Saint Marc Pub-Cafe
Diana's sister and friend were seated first, so she was unaware that the waiter had already asked the two women "the question."
"My sister and my friend were seated first and the waiter asked them for their "proof of residency" when they ordered a drink."
When Diana and her other friend sat down, the waiter came back and asked the two Latina's the same thing.
"I looked at my friend and sister and I said 'Did he really just ask us this?' They said yeah, he asked us the same thing."
It gets even worse. Diane's friend repeated the man's question back to him in confusion. His response was cold and calculating:
"Yeah, I need to make sure you're from here before I serve you."
Wait...what? Since when did Americans, or anyone from any nation, need to show their identification just so they could order food?
Diana was quite naturally stunned by the invasive question, but she dug out her identification anyways.
"I just handed it over to him. I didn't know what to say. I had no words. I felt paralyzed literally for a few moments, just in a complete state of shock."
But, after fully digesting what he said, Diana was livid and asked to speak to the manager.
"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?"
The manager offered to seat the women in a different section of the cafe, but they weren't having any of that. Diana believes that no establishment should tolerate discrimination from their employees!
Screenshot via ABC7
Diana, who has Mexican ancestry, has never faced a situation like this before.
"I've never faced discrimination like this in the past. The four of us who went to the restaurant were all born in the United States."
Thankfully, Saint Marc later fired the server in question. They said:
"In no way are the actions of this former employee representative of the Saint Marc brand nor are they reflective of the opinions of anyone else on our team, including executive management."
Management at Saint Marc offered the women a VIP treatment if they came back, but they declined. However, the restaurant went on to donate ten percent of that weekend's proceeds to a charity that Diana hand selected - Orange County Immigrant Youth United.
Watch the video below to find out more about this shocking story.
Wow. This is a new form of discrimination. What do you think about all of this?
Sources: Inside Edition, ABC7, Facebook/Diana Carrillo, BBC, FB Image Credit: Flickr/tara hunt, Flickr/Garrison Gunter