A waiter in California has been fired after asking a group of customers for proof of residency.
Diana Carrillo visited Saint Marc pub-cafe in Huntington Beach on March 11 with a friend and her sister when a waiter asked them for proof of residency, KABC reported.
"I was shocked," Carrillo told KABC. "I didn't know what to say."
"I looked at my friend and sister and I said 'Did he really just ask us this?'" Carrillo recalled. "They said yeah, he asked us the same thing.
"My friend said he repeated his question and he said I need to make sure you're from here before I serve you."
Carrillo complained to the manager, who told them they could sit in a different section. The women decided to leave.
Carrillo took to Facebook to share her story. She wrote:
A few friends and I went to Saint Marc's in Huntington Beach today. My sister and my friend were seated first and the waiter asked them for their "proof of residency" when they ordered a drink. 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." Not knowing that this happened to them, my friend and I were then seated and he returned to the table and asked us for our "proof of residency." After fully digesting what he said, we all got up and left to speak to the manager. 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. How many others has he said this too? I hope this employee is reprimanded for his actions. No establishment should tolerate discriminatory actions from their employees. PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
Carrillo's post quickly went viral. It got more than 2,000 reactions and was shared more than 1,400 times in one week.
Saint Marc pub-cafe has since fired the employee, and issued a statement regarding the incident.
"In no way are the actions of this former employee representative of the Saint Marc brand nor are they reflective of the opinions of anyone else on our team, including executive management," the statement read.
The restaurant also offered to donate 10 percent of the weekend's proceeds to any charity of Carrillo's choice. Carrillo chose Orange County Immigrant Youth United.
Senior Director of Operations at Saint Marc Kent Bearden told The Washington Post the employee who was fired "had never received so much as a write-up."
“I don’t know if he had an agenda or not,” Bearden said. “My concern is he violated a company policy. We’re very specific about how we treat out guests. That individual did not treat a table of guests to the expectations that we set forth in that company policy, and that caused him to be terminated.”