August 12, 2022

Illinois Japanese restaurant under fire for refusing to serve two black customers

A stand at an Asian food court in Illinois has gone viral on TikTok after an employee refused to serve two black sisters due to their alleged encounter with another black person earlier in the day.

What happened: TikTok user @labellamonay shared the incident Sunday, and the clip has been viewed more than 1.1 million times at the time of this writing.

  • In the two-minute video, the TikTok user confronts an Asian waiter from Fox Valley Mall’s Nori Japan in Aurora, Illinois, after allegedly refusing to serve the woman’s sister because she is black.

  • @labellamonay claims his sister is paying the man for his order, but he still refuses to serve it because a black customer failed to pay for his meal earlier in the day.

  • “’Because she’s black? Because another black person took your food and didn’t pay, you’re not going to serve my sister? asks the TikTok user. “You can’t do that, sir. It’s discrimination. You can’t tell her you’re not going to serve her, because she’s black because of what someone else did today.

  • You don’t pay any money,” the man replies. The TikTok user then asks, “What does this have to do with us? I don’t know what you’re talking about, sir. We’re not affiliated with them.”

  • I thought I would never have to do something like this,” the woman can be heard saying in the video. “Well, what’s worse, the person we don’t know doesn’t pay you $5 or we sue you for discrimination?”

  • The man then replies, “I don’t know. Same face.

The reaction: Reactions from many users have been mixed, with some defending the Asian server and others calling it discrimination.

  • He is wrong but I also understand this man is traumatized and hurt. Understanding should come from both sides,” said one TikTok user.

  • However, @labellamonay called out all those defending the man by posting another video showing the Civil Rights Act of 1964which “prohibits discrimination based on race, color or national origin”.

  • I’m half Asian and I’m sick of my people DEFENDING people like him just because they’re old and don’t speak much English. This is a grown adult,” one TikTok user wrote.

  • I don’t understand how you see obvious discrimination and choose to defend this man,” another user wrote.

Image selected via @labellamonay

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