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Waiter Fired After Asking Guests For Residency Proof

| by Jordan Smith

A waiter has been fired from a California restaurant after asking four guests to prove they were legal residents of the United States before serving them.

Diana Carrillo decided to dine at the Saint Marc Pub-Cafe with her sister and two friends March 11, according to the Orange County Register.

The incident occurred immediately following their arrival.

"As soon as I sat down, the waiter approached the table and without welcoming us, asked me for my proof of residency," Carrillo told BBC.

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"I just handed it over to him. I didn't know what to say. I had no words. I felt [paralyzed] literally for a few moments, just in a complete state of shock," she added.

The waiter proceeded to ask Carrillo's three companions the same question. According to Carrillo, the waiter told the group, "I have to make sure you're from here before I serve you."

"I've never faced discrimination like this in the past. The four of us who went to the restaurant were all born in the United States," said Carrillo.

The group complained to management and chose to leave the restaurant without eating.

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Carrillo decided to go public with the incident, posting a message on her Facebook page, which has been shared over 1,000 times.

"I think a lot of people think they have the power to discriminate against people more openly than before," she said.

"I feel that's the direction we're headed in, given who's the president,” she added to the Register. “That's one of the reasons I posted it on social media rather than just dealing with the restaurant."

Not everyone agreed with Carrillo's decision to share the story.

"I woke up this morning to a lot of comments stating this is fake news, that this didn't happen. Unfortunately it did happen and it happened to me and three other people. We have to bring awareness to racism and address this," she told BBC.

Some commenters suggested the incident was made-up or propaganda to discredit President Donald Trump.

Saint Marc Pub-Cafe issued an apology to the group. It offered them a VIP experience at the restaurant and to donate 10 percent of the weekend's sales to a charity of the group's choice.

Carrillo and her companions declined the VIP guest offer, but requested that the restaurant donate the money to Orange County Immigrant Youth United.

Saint Marc Pub-Cafe Senior Director of Operations Kent Berden stated that he terminated the employee.

"This type of behavior is not representative of the St. Marc brand and will not be tolerated," Berden told the Register.

"The individual didn't follow corporate policy by any stretch of the imagination," he added.

Sources: BBC, Orange County Register / Photo credit: Brenda Carrillo via The Washington Post

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