A quick stop at a restaurant in North Phoenix, Ariz., turned ugly for one woman, who was confronted by another patron’s racist rant.
Lennys Bermudez Molina was charging her car by the Wildflower Bread Company, and decided to head inside to get some work done and grab a bite to eat. But since the restaurant was so busy, she asked a woman dining solo if the seat next to her was available.
“I said excuse me, is it OK if I sit here next to you and she said, ‘well, do I have a choice?’” Bermudez told CBS5. “At first I thought I didn’t hear her right.”
Shocked at the woman’s response, Bermudez grabbed her cell phone and began recording the outburst. Describing herself as “visibly shaken,” Bermudez posted the video on Facebook and shared, “I simply asked the woman if I could sit down next to her while I waited for the car to charge.”
In the video, the woman can be heard saying that she wants “the whole freaking nation to be white.” When Bermudez answered how that won’t happen, the woman responded “it will. You will be wiped out.”
Bermudez said on Facebook that she reported the woman to staff, and she was asked to leave. A manager of the restaurant later accompanied Bermudez to her car.
The restaurant’s founder, Louis Basile, was also interviewed on the news station and shared that he was “saddened and shocked” by the racist rant on the video.
“We really embrace the diversity of not only our workforce but of course our customers,” said Basile. “If a guest is uncomfortable in one of our restaurants, we’d like them to come to the manager.”
Despite the behavior of the woman caught on tape, Bermudez, who describes herself as a proud American of Puerto Rican descent, was extremely touched by the amount of people who have reached out in response to her story over Facebook.
“It’s really disheartening to experience that,” said Bermudez. “I don’t want to let go of the hope I have in people to be right and to do the right thing and that definitely was the wrong thing.”
On Thanksgiving, Bermudez wrote on her Facebook wall, “This week was a test like I have never faced. I am thankful for everyone’s support. #LoveConquersHate. Happy Thanksgiving.”
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