Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Customer hits out after falling victim to racist restaurant receipt

Taco Bell Customer hits out after falling victim to racist restaurant receipt
Sherri Watson | 22 February, 2018, 13:22

Taco Bell says an employee who used a racial slur to refer to a Korean-American customer no longer works for them.

In Young Lee, 25, said that he and his friends went to the fast-food chain at about 1:40 a.m. ET on Saturday and placed an order using the name "Steve" since cashiers often misspell or mispronounce his real name.

Lee, who is a first year Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania, claims the cashier eventually apologized and at first he made a decision to let it go. Lee also posted a photo of the receipt that read "STEVE CHINK" under his order.

However, Lee said the cashier used the slur again and laughed about it with coworkers, leading to a confrontation in which Lee admits to have "cussed him out a little bit".

But when he confronted the cashier, he was told there were three Steves in the restaurant, and so he used the slur "to differentiate" between them. "He eventually apologized, and although I was still very upset I chose to let the case go", Lee continued.

In Young said he had given a fake Anglo name of "Steve" instead of "In Young" to avoid the inconvenience that would caused for the cashier and him with spelling.

Lee said he confronted the cashier who allegedly wrote the slur, but was not happy with the response.

A Taco Bell Public Relations representative said in an email to The Daily Pennsylvanian, "We do not tolerate this behavior".

Taco Bell released a statement to CBS Philly that condemned any form of discrimination. Lee says he heard the cashier joking about the incident with his co-workers, continuing to use the slur out loud.

According to the account, the manager attempted to shift the blame onto Lee.

Lee said that the manager appeared to be trying to defuse the problem through redirecting the fault to him.

Lee said he made a decision to share the story to inspire other Asian-Americans to speak up against racism. He overheard a conversation between the cashier and other restaurant workers making fun of him.

"I thought incidents like this only happen in the news and never expected it to happen to me but I guess it really does happen in the real world", he said.

Dontae Freeman, the store's branch manager, said he was not working on the day of the incident but confirmed that the cashier had been let go, reported The Daily Pennsylvanian. "My goodness. They need to be held responsible for their insensible actions", with another adding: "thanks for standing up and saying something, I hope more people stand out against racism".