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Women Tell Employee To "Go Back To Mexico," Get Themselves Kicked Out Of Burger King

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Women Tell Employee To "Go Back To Mexico," Get Themselves Kicked Out Of Burger King

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What they didn't know: he isn't Mexican, but he is the manager.

"Guess what, ma’am? I’m not Mexican," replied Ricardo Castillo, the restaurant's manager, who is of Puerto Rican descent. "You’re being prejudiced, and I want you out of my restaurant right now."

Two older women were eating their meals in a Burger King in Eustis, Florida when they overheard an employee speaking to another employee in Spanish.

Instead of minding their own business, the women decided to make a complaint.  "Go back to Mexico if you want to keep speaking Spanish," one of the women can be heard saying in a now-viral video of the exchange.

"Guess what, ma’am? I’m not Mexican," replied Ricardo Castillo, the restaurant's manager, who is of Puerto Rican descent. "You’re being prejudiced, and I want you out of my restaurant right now."

The women said they would leave after they finished their meal, to which Castillo responded: "You know what, I'll do it for you ma'am, I'll call the cops."

"Bye ma'am, have a great day. Don't come back," he said as the women departed.

Neyzha Borrero, who recorded the incident, told the Palm Beach Post:

"Even though he was being verbally attacked and discriminated, he handled [it] very, very well. He never used profanity to them. He never insulted them, he just asked them to leave and never come back to his restaurant."

The manager may not be Mexican but the franchise's owner, Guillermo Perales, is.  Perales owns 293 Burger King locations and other franchises throughout the country.  In a statement, Perales said he was, "very disappointed that customers would make racially and insensitive attacks on people who work there who have been trained to serve the customers."

Burger King spokesperson Dori Alvarez said, "There is no place for discrimination in our restaurants. We expect employees and guests to treat each other with respect."

"I can’t believe that at this age there’s still people like that," was Castillo's response to the incident in an interview with The Daily Commercial. "We’re all the same. We’re all human beings. We bleed red."

 

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