Families Address Buffalo Wild Wings Racial Incident

Marco Green
November 8, 2019

Justin Vahl, who is African-American, says his group was asked to change tables because a regular customer did not want to sit near black people. "When we talk about being a good corporate citizen, we're talking about someone, something, and this entity has a platform and we're expecting them to use it".

The group's goal was not only to detail the emotional pain and difficulty that the incident caused them but also to entreat the company to do more. "If you don't want to sit next to certain people in a public restaurant then you should probably eat dinner in the comfort of your own home".

"A couple of the kids asked what was going on, if they were getting kicked out", Riley said.

The restaurant franchise said in a statement Monday that the employees involved were fired and the customer "who exhibited the inappropriate behavior" was banned from all Buffalo Wild Wings locations for life.

Kudlata said via email that the company "has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind". Finally, Mayor Steve Chirico of Naperville reacts to reports of the Buffalo Wild Wings incident.

Vahl did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

"It is Christian, it's spiritual to forgive, but as to whether or not we will go to Buffalo Wild Wings again, that's an open question", Lambert said.

As a result of the incident, Buffalo Wild Wings said it would "conduct sensitivity training throughout our Chicagoland sports bars". "What we're surprised by is that [the restaurant chain] didn't already have any in place".

A few moments later, while Vahl and her group were trying to order, an employee came up to them and said that the seats they were in had been previously reserved and so they would have to move.

"We don't have to file a lawsuit because there is no need to file if there is no disagreement on this not being right", said Lambert, who is representing the families. "You look at these boys and they are all different and they need to know that's okay", Smith said through tears. They should not have to understand.

Six children were present for the press conference and could be seen crying after Smith spoke.

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