Thursday, February 16, 2012

Black customer who received ‘N-word’ receipts settles with restaurant

A California restaurant has settled a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by a black customer who received receipts using an offensive racial slur. The settlement is the latest bit of cultural controversy to hit the restaurant industry in recent months.
The Orange County Weekly reports that Mark McHenry had been a regular at the Landmark Steakhouse in Corona del Mar for several years. McHenry says employees at the restaurant had made uncomfortable comments to him previously, such as, "black is the new white," but that he nonetheless continued to patronize the establishment.
However, on Dec. 5, 2010, McHenry visited Landmark twice in the same day. He received three receipts, all containing racist language. Written on the receipts were the derogatory names, "McStinkyN*gger," "McNigS*it," and "McCottonwood."

The incident is the most recent in a string of racial incidents in the food industry over the past few months. In January, Papa John's Pizza apologized after an employee gave a receipt to an Asian customer which read, "lady chinky eyes." A month before that, Chick-fil-A, better known for filing its own lawsuitsfired a cashier who put the racial insults "Ching" and "Chong" on the receipts of two Asian customers at one of its California restaurants.
Now let's take a review on the recent incident at the KFC outlet in I-City.  The staff concerned shouted at the customer and called him, "Babi!".  Any lawyer out there care to comment on this?

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