A Japanese restaurant fired a manager for sharing a Facebook meme about the Holocaust, an “inexcusable” offense.
Sandra Berger, a manager at Yokoso Japanese Steakhouse in Homestead, Penn., told the Tribune-Review that former employee Stephen Guyer had posted a meme depicting the inside of an oven with the caption, “Jewish bunk beds for sale.”
Owner Jeff Kim addressed Guyer’s Monday termination in a Facebook post. “I would like to sincerely apologize for the action of one of my employees. It is inexcusable and nothing can make up for it,” he wrote. “Please know that his comments and views do not reflect the values of the restaurant and its employees. His employment has been terminated. No forms of discrimination or prejudice are tolerated at Yokoso. Yokoso is a family establishment, and everyone from all walks of life are welcome here.”
Kim wrote, “Finally, thank you for alerting us and holding our employee accountable, and continuing the fight against anti-semitism. I recognize this cannot have been easy and am sorry for any pain that his actions or words have caused.”
Guyer did not respond to a message from Yahoo Lifestyle. His actions, he told the Tribune-Review, were a “huge mistake” and accidental.
“I can’t read real well and my eyes are very bad. I thought (the meme) was something about a Danish bunk bed,” Guyer said, according to the site. “My life has been ruined now. I would never disrespect Jewish people intentionally. I love all people no matter their race, color or religion. I made a mistake, and I’m very sorry for the outcome.”
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