Last week, a manager at a Florida Burger King was met with racist criticisms for speaking Spanish to another employee in the fast food restaurant.
According to local news, the incident occurred in Eustis, about 40 miles north of Orlando, where two older women condemned manager, Ricardo Castillo, for speaking in his native tongue.
“You’re in America, you should speak American English,” one of the women told the manager, to which he replied, “Guess what, ma’am. I’m not Mexican. I’m not Mexican, but you’re being very prejudiced, and I want you out of my restaurant right now.”
As the woman continued, she said, “Yeah, yeah, go back to Mexico if you want to keep speaking Spanish, go back to your Mexican country, your state, your country.”
Keeping his composure, as a customer recorded the exchange in the distance, Castillo said, “You’re very ignorant and disrespectful. Have a great day, and get out of my restaurant.”
Apparently, the incident erupted after the women asked to speak to a manager to complain. When the man offered them a credit or free dessert, thinking there’d been an issue with their meal, the women condemned him for speaking Spanish in public.
Shortly after, the video was posted on social media and quickly spread across the internet. In response, a spokesperson for the fast food chain released a statement, saying, “There is no place for discrimination in our restaurants. We expect employees and guests to treat each other with respect. This incident took place at a franchised restaurant, and the owner is looking into the matter.”
Racist women hear man in Florida Burger King speaking Spanish.
“Go back to Mexico,” they say.
Turns out the man they berated is the manager. And he kicked them both out. ✊🏾❤️✌🏾pic.twitter.com/QkEHsTC4rt
— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) July 11, 2019