California waiter fired after asking diners for proof of residency

Lawrence Kim
March 19, 2017

She turned to her sister, Brenda Carrillo, and friends and said, "Did he just ask me that?" "For a few seconds, I thought maybe he was being a smart ass or joking but the fact that he said "I need to make sure you're from here before I serve you" was completely unacceptable".

Ms. Carrillo told the local publication that she was anxious this sort of incident would become more common in a political environment of anti-immigrant rhetoric. "I hope this employee is reprimanded for his actions". The restaurant later said the waiter had been fired and that his actions were not reflective of the café's management.

'My friend in disbelief repeated what he said and his response was "yeah, I need to make sure you're from here before I serve you". They worked hard to raise four girls, said Carrillo, who spent two years of high school in boarding school in New Hampshire. 'I've never felt so judged in my life... They offered a VIP experience at the restaurant and pledged to donate 10 percent of the weekend's proceeds to a nonprofit organization of the group's choice.

Kent Berden, the senior director of operations at Saint Marc's Pub, told the OC Register that he had fired the waiter, saying: "This type of behavior is not representative of the St. Marc brand and will not be tolerated ..."

Carrillo chose the Orange County Immigrant Youth United as the recipient of the restaurant's donations. She wrote that regardless of race or ethnicity, she did not believe anyone should be treated as they were at the pub.

One week later, the post had been shared 600 times and will doubtless circulate far more widely in the coming days. "I feel very proud of our team and how we tried to take a proactive approach, trying to create a positive out of this situation". We have always celebrated being part of the diverse Huntington Beach community, which means valuing all guests and treating every individual with respect'.

"We all deserve a seat at the table".

'For it to happen to us, it was kind of an eye-opener, ' said Brenda Carrillo.

Saint Marc could not be reached for comment, so we don't know to what degree the incident has affected the restaurant's profits.

One wrote: 'Racism is a menu item I can't stomach'.

Another posted: 'I can not support an establishment that blatantly discriminates against a large portion of our population'.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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